Welcome to the Book Club discussion for The Assistants by Camille Perri. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!
- Why do you think Tina is still assistant at thirty years old? Is she a victim of societal structure, or is she stuck where she is because of her personality and choices?
- How do you feel constrained (or empowered) by your own economic status or gender?
- What role does friendship play in this story? Why do you think Tina and Emily become so close even though they’re seemingly so different?
- How important do you think setting is to this novel? Would Tina’s predicament have been the same or different if she lived someplace else?
Questions from publisher.
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The second book choice for the June “Secrets to Success” box is The Assistants by Camille Perri!
Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not.
When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated…