• The Partner Track

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Wan
  • Narrated by: Catherine Ho
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Helen Wan's riveting debut, The Partner Track, a young attorney must choose between the prestige of partnership and the American Dream that she - and her immigrant parents - have come so close to achieving.

Ingrid Yung's life is full of firsts. A first-generation Chinese American, the first lawyer in her family, she's about to collect the holy grail of "firsts" and become the first minority woman to make partner at the venerable old law firm Parsons Valentine & Hunt. 

Ingrid has perfected the art of "passing" and seamlessly blends into the old-boy corporate culture. She gamely banters in the corporate cafeteria, plays in the firm softball league, and earnestly racks up her billable hours. But when an offensive incident at the summer outing threatens the firm's reputation, Ingrid's outsider status is suddenly thrown into sharp relief. Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, commanding Ingrid to spearhead the effort. Only she's about to close an enormous transaction that was to be her final step in securing partnership.

For the first time, Ingrid must question her place in the firm. Pitted against her colleagues, including her golden-boy boyfriend, Ingrid begins to wonder whether the prestige of partnership is worth breaching her ethics. But can she risk throwing away the American dream that is finally within her reach?

©2013 Helen Wan (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Engaging and suspenseful . . . She dissects the tokens of status in this world in a manner that's reminiscent of Tom Wolfe.” —Wall Street Journal

“Wan succeeds in exploring and fictionalizing the timely topics of sexism and racism in workplace politics in a fluent, thought-provoking, and compelling tale.” —Booklist 

“Wan has written a sensitive story of discrimination faced in ‘old boy' law firms in particular but also in the world in general . . . intriguing and entertaining. This reviewer is looking to Wan's next novel.” —Library Journal  

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Finished it in day!

Sitting at my desk one block over from 30 Rock in tears. Helen’s characters truly encompass the complexity of working in the city while navigating hostile workspaces.

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The narrator was spot on fantastic!!

I loved this and could not stop listening to it . Tackled heavy topics in a fresh way that really helped me have a greater understanding.