The Guardian review: “an extraordinary debut”
“It’s the superb insights and penetrating writing that make this book remarkable… Winter is almost vicious in her dedication to truth…she lampoons the bourgeois Manhattanites who spend entire careers appropriating social justice movements for branding purposes and nothing else. There are a lot of them out there, and Winter captures their self-regarding bullshit with remarkable precision… Break in Case of Emergency asks the reader to consider whether a person’s problems can be serious and complex and important even though they are everybody else’s problems too… It’s a high-quality tribute to ordinary experience, which makes it an extraordinary debut.” — The Guardian
Jessica Winter is executive editor of newyorker.com and a former editor at Slate and Time. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bookforum, The Believer, and many other publications. She lives with her family in Flatbush, Brooklyn.