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    Fred Dillen, Beauty

    Presented by at Porter Square Books

    June 5, 2014


    Fred Dillen, Beauty

    "When big business meets a small fishing town, it’s not clear who the winner will be, but it is clear that the reader is winning on every page of this funny, hard-hitting, surprising and always moving novel. Carol is a remarkable heroine and her roller-coaster struggle to have her own business is irresistible." – Margot Livesey

    "After a career closing factories, a woman reclaims her blue-collar roots, revives a plant and saves a community … There are strong echoes of Jimmy Stewart rallying the townspeople in It’s A Wonderful Life … Kudos to Dillen for his unusual premise." – Kirkus Reviews

    As a corporate "undertaker" for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. She hates her job. But Carol has been biding her time: her boss has promised that one day, after she has paid her dues, Carol will get to run a company instead of having to bury it.

    On what is supposed to be her last assignment, Carol travels up the coast of Massachusetts to a desperate fishing town where the late lobster and day boats cluster around the inner harbor, the blue steeples of the Portuguese church stand tall on the horizon, and the last remaining fish processing plant is in its death throes. That's when she learns that she's about to be fired.

    To save the town and herself, Carol becomes determined to rescue the factory she's under orders to shut down. With the help of the townspeople and a roughly charming local fisherman, and by the force of her own resolve, Carol throws herself into transforming the company--but is soon faced with increasingly difficult decisions. Must she choose between the job she has always wanted and everything else?

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