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.
Literature & Fiction.