Young Woman Looking for Love in Nation’s Capital in New Novel

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Linda Gould mines her experience as a Washington bureaucrat for inspiration

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SILVER SPRING, Md. – As 2012 rolls along and the presidential election draws nearer, the country will shift its focus to Washington and politics. Republicans are already on the campaign trail for the primaries, and campaign efforts will only ramp up leading to Election Day. Offering readers an insider’s perspective of Washington, Linda Gould delivers her new novel, “Secretarial Wars” (published by iUniverse), the story of a secretary making her way in the nation’s capital.

Miriam – a Washington secretary in her late twenties, recently divorced, living in a drab apartment and stuck in a dead-end job – longs for fame, fortune and love. Her two best friends at work, flower child Jocelyn and conventional Cass, harbor ambitions of their own. As the three women toll for the U.S. Peace grants program, which sends scholars abroad to teach and disseminate American ideals, they speculate about the program’s true purpose as they plot their escapes.

“Secretarial Wars” offers an interesting perspective on office politics and conspiracy theories in the nation’s capital, but it does more than that. It offers a single woman’s perspective on dating and balancing her career and personal life – topics which Gould feels many women will find relevant in today’s society.

“Many women of all ages,” explains Gould, “and men as well, can relate to struggles in the workplace, problems with relationships, and efforts to sample the nightlife of their communities.”

Drawing on her own experience as a secretary in Washington, Gould offers readers a humorous and entertaining story that hints at, but never quite fits the mold of, romance and chick-lit novels. Readers will love following the flawed characters as they grow throughout the story – although Gould warns they remain flawed to the end. “The main heroine finds satisfactions,” she says, “although it falls short of ‘happily ever after.’”

About the Author
Linda Gould is a career bureaucrat living in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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