“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’s debut novel Break in Case of Emergency is available in stores now. You can also order online from the usual sellers.
Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit... (More)
“Haven’t we all been mildly miserable at work from time to time? Wondering why no one else appreciates the absurdity of the unironic jargon and duplicity of our coworkers? If you have ever felt this way... Break in Case of Emergency is for you...The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate.” –Jessica Grose, Lenny
Break in Case of Emergency made it into Marie Claire’s July @Play list at number 1.
“Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship. She does a stellar job at depicting a place we likely know—or have run from, screaming.” –Elle