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Join Melie, HR manager, on her desperate search for solutions to the messes boiling over in Axis Mundi Medical Center. You will laugh but is it funny to her? Why can’t those buttock-groping doctors and their flaky staff just get along? As she tries to seize control, and incidentally get a life, she runs into a little murder here, a cancer there, a mystery man, rivals that are not always human, like Gladys, the first parrot-woman gladiator. She won’t quit until she has it all—the hunk, the macaw, her life work—and neither will you!
"This short novel has a promising premise with its flawed, endearing, and comical protagonist and her zany work environment." Publishers Weekly
"Janet Garber utilizes her keen sense of the HR world to create a funny glimpse into what might happen in a company run amok. Her writing style is a joy." Tony Lee, VP Editorial, SHRM
A disillusioned 40-plus woman does her best to manage conflict and disillusionment at work and in her personal life in this campy office-life journey. Melanie "Melie" Kohl has a prestigious job at a medical center in New York City. As the employee-relations manager, she handles the numerous depressed, disgruntled, and delusional workers that come to her looking for resolution. This short novel has a promising premise with its flawed, endearing, and comical protagonist and her zany work environment. The mix of plot elements such as sexual harassment, overbearing bosses, grudges, affairs, and a mysterious death, as well as Melie's struggle to remedy her dreary life revealed in her journal writing, is intriguing. Unfortunately, the pieces are underdeveloped. Melie's love interest, Ted, has moments of sweet charm, but his voice is inconsistent. Other characters are portrayed through their often over-the-top workplace antics and come across as caricatures. Editing some long and unnatural dialogue segments and jumps in time would've helped the narrative, and further plot and character development would enhance the insight in Melie's search for love and meaning in her life. (BookLife)