Ingrid Yung's life is full of firsts. A first-generation Chinese American, the first lawyer in her family, she's about to collect the holy grail of "firsts" and become the first minority woman to make partner at the venerable old Wall Street law firm Parsons Valentine & Hunt.
Ingrid has perfected the art of "passing" and seamlessly blends into the old-boy corporate culture. She gamely banters in the corporate cafeteria, plays in the firm softball league, and earnestly racks up her billable hours. But when an offensive incident at the summer outing threatens the firm's reputation, Ingrid's outsider status is suddenly thrown into sharp relief. Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, commanding Ingrid to spearhead the effort. Only she's about to close an enormous transaction that was to be her final step in securing partnership.
For the first time, Ingrid must question her place in the firm. Pitted against her colleagues, including her golden-boy boyfriend, Ingrid begins to wonder whether the prestige of partnership is worth breaching her ethics. But in The Partner Track by Helen Wan, can Ingrid risk throwing away the American dream that is finally within her reach?
An amazing read
This was an amazing read. I couldn’t put the book down! The plot was excellent, took some twists, and, most important of all, realistic! It was very interesting to put myself in the shoes of a person who has to deal with experiences and issues I do not. I hope I am a better person after seeing this perspective.
I have no doubt that some big law firms can (& are) just as cutthroat as the one depicted in this book. And, sadly, we know that women are still fighting the gender gap in earnings & respect in way too many jobs & professional businesses. While some gains have been made, much, much more is needed. As for this book, I simply found it all rather depressing.
Predictable story line, not a lot of character development. Something to read by the pool but that’s about it.