With all this talk about fun books, it’s time for me to write a post about Jeremy Blachman’s new book Anonymous Lawyer. Better yet, I even have a copy to give away courtesy of the publisher, so this time I’m holding a contest with an actual prize. Yipee.
First, a few words about the book. (Disclosure: I was Jeremy’s TA for a class in college and have been in touch with him over the past few years.) It is in the format of a blog. (But no, uhm, you don’t start on the last page flipping backward.) The story is told through blog posts with email messages interspersed. If you have read the blog Anonymous Lawyer then you will be familiar with the topic and style, although rest assured that the book content is new and not simply a copy-paste of what is already available.
More about the book, a special book-related Web site and contest details below the fold.
The story is about a hiring partner at a major law firm who comments on everyday life in the firm and at home. It is basically a satire of such a person’s and his colleagues’ and family’s life. While some actual lawyers may not find it particularly authentic, I thought it was a very amusing read. There is a specific plot – when will AL become The New Chairman? – something not present on the original blog. So even if you are used to reading that, you should find plenty of new and fun material here.
There are three groups of people featured in the book: members of AL’s family (Anonymous Son, Anonymous Daughter, Anonymous Wife and Anonymous Niece who is AL’s main email correspondent); summer interns (e.g. the Suck-Up, That Foreign Dude, Some Other Foreign Dude, The Guy With The Bad Haircut, the Musician) and other colleagues, both associates and partners (e.g. the Jerk, the Bombshell, the One Who Missed Her Kid’s Funeral).
To add to the fun, there is also an Anonymous Law Firm Web site accompanying the book where you can read up on various partners and associates, learn about their offices worldwide and even the meaning of life.
Now onto the contest. I’m looking for suggestions for Anonymous Colleague descriptions. The author refers to all characters in the book through descriptions of their personality, their looks, their habits, something in their past. What kind of character would you feature when describing your work relations? Alternatively, what kind of character would you think would be interesting in a story about a law firm?
You did great with the photo caption “contest” so let’s see how you do when there’s an actual prize at stake. Submit suggestions in the comments to this post or by sending me an email. Some identifying information will be necessary if you win and want to claim the prize. I will decide about how to decide the winner later.