Jetlag by Michele Nayman
(90s)

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Named as one of the best novels of 1994 by Andrew Riemer in The Independent Monthly, Jetlag is a look back at the 1980s, the decade of greed, emerging globalization, and seemingly limitless possibilities. It is the story of Laurie Michaels, an ambitious woman of 26 who believes that the obstacles of being a woman in a man's world can be overcome by competence and hard work.

Giving up her job as a business journalist in Hong Kong to join Orion Management Systems, a multinational computer-based project management company, she embraces her new role with enthusiasm and optimism, including her relationship with one of the company's managers, with whom she meets up frequently in airports and hotels all over the world.

Laurie enjoys watching the rapid development of cities and industry in North-east and South-east Asia, where the company is helping construct power plants, fabrication yards, skyscrapers and subways. She enjoys, too, being involved in projects in the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia. Increasingly, however, she becomes aware that her role in the company may not be what she thinks it is, and that the information she is gathering is for purposes she does not understand until very near the end — an understanding that shatters her faith in the company, business ethics, her lover, and who she is.
 

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Published July 2, 2012 by Guardian Press. 174 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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London-born Nayman, whose bio matches that of her protagonist, is extremely frugal with detail, event, and emotion as she depicts Laurie and Steven moving in together, failing to connect (she calls him ``Peter Pan'' because he won't commit), and ultimately breaking up in a world of airports, hote...

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Public-relations jargon and flat prose generally make this first novel about the lives of globe-trotting reporters and business execs as exciting as a company boardroom meeting.

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