Claire Flannery just needs some time to find herself. Her years in a career in creative communications have left her feeling hollow and yearning for a job that has meaning, so she resigns from her company and dedicates her time to finding her passion. This is easier said than done, and Claire soon finds herself with more-than-ample time to worry about her life choices. Does she want to marry her Luke, her live-in brain surgeon boyfriend? Is it time to have a baby? When will her mother start answering Claire’s calls again? Is the buddleia plant that’s growing on her balustrade really as much of a hazard as people say it is?
Written as a series of vignettes and quick, witty observations, Not Working follows Claire as she drifts from cafés to awkward dinner parties, from the gym to her grandmother’s house. Claire constantly wrestles with uncertainty and her vulnerability makes her incredibly relatable as a character. Who hasn’t felt at one point that everyone else has their life sorted out?
Lisa Owens’ debut novel draws comparisons to the Bridget Jones series, but is much more. Rather than yet another story of a young woman looking for love, the story of Claire Flannery and her quest for a fulfilling life make her a Bridget Jones for the millennial generation.