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Ellipses: A Novel

Ellipses: A Novel

ISBN: 9780593472774
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Set in the glossy world of New York City media, this sharp and witty debut novel follows a young woman caught in a toxic mentorship with an older, powerful executive as she grapples with career, belonging, and the complexity of modern relationships in the digital age.

When cosmetics mogul Billie rolls down her town car window and offers Lily a ride home from a glitzy Manhattan gala, Lily figures there could be a useful professional connection to broker. She's heard the legends of Billie's rise as a business titan, the product of white New England privilege and one of the few queer women in a corner suite. Lily feels stalled in a magazine industry threatened by social media, and in her relationship with her girlfriend, Alison. Mixed-race and bisexual, Lily's spent her life negotiating other people's sliding perceptions of her identity at the expense of her individual selfhood.

Billie is charming and hyperconfident, and she seems invested in mentoring Lily out of her slump--from the screen of her phone. But their text exchanges--and Billie's relentless worldview--quickly begin to consume Lily's life. Eager to impress her powerful guide, Lily is perpetually suspended in an ellipsis, waiting for those three gray dots to bloom into a new message from Billie.

As she navigates influencer interviews, cocktail lounge rendezvous, and staff meetings rife with microaggressions, all with one eye on her phone, Lily must ultimately work out not only what it is she really wants--but also how to make it a reality.
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