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Back To Work She Goes
By Lorraine Duffy Merkl
2013
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
 
Readers immediately meet fifty-year-old Lorelei Martin on her birthday blowing out the candles of her cake, making the wish to, “Please let me get a job.”  After being a stay-at-home mom for fourteen years, she finds, with the children older, the start of the second half of her life feels appropriate for her to fulfill her lifelong dream of success in the world of advertising.
 
With the backing of her husband, and the support of her former ad partner and friend Carla, Lorelei reenters the business world, facing the headhunters, much younger bosses, and even younger co-workers, alternating between confidence and feelings of being too old. 
 
Will Lorelei succeed, or will she give up this dream as unrealistic now, losing it for a second and final time in her life? 
 
Readers will find themselves laughing and crying with her as they root her on in her ambition.  The author presents a good story, with realistic, and many times hysterical, characterizations of the people living this story.  They will read this book quickly, but will remember it much longer, for its glimpse into the world of business, and for how one woman sought to conquer it after years out of it.