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Chambermaid: A Novel by Saira Rao
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Chambermaid: A Novel

by Saira Rao

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Fresh out of Columbia Law School, Sheila lands a prestigious federal clerkship for a Philadelphia judge. Part of the "Devil Wears Prada" unreasonable boss genre (oh no, she did WHAT?), it kept me turning the pages. ( )
  ennie | Mar 6, 2010 |
Very elementary writing; seems like a book written by someone with a grudge. ( )
  brosenbaum | Dec 21, 2008 |
I now understand why people dislike American lawyers so much - they are petty, arrogant, self-aggrandizing and neurotic. A tissue-thin fictional account of one lawyer's time clerking for a federal court judge, this book is written by a woman who clerked for a federal court judge. This book reminded me strongly of The Devil Wears Prada, mostly because it was similarly barely fiction, and the central characters were unlikeable. Passably interesting, this is not recommended. ( )
  Meggo | Dec 14, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802118496, Hardcover)

The devil holds a gavel in this wickedly entertaining debut novel about a young attorney’s eventful year clerking for a federal judge. Sheila Raj is a recent graduate of a top-ten law school with dreams of working for the ACLU, but law school did not prepare her for the power-hungry sociopath, Judge Helga Friedman, who greets her on her first day. While her beleaguered colleagues begin quitting their jobs, Sheila is assigned to a high-profile death penalty case and suddenly realizes that she has to survive the year as Friedman’s chambermaid — not just her sanity, but actual lives hang in the balance. With Chambermaid , debut novelist Saira Rao breaks the code of silence surrounding the clerkship and boldly takes us into the mysterious world of the third branch of US government, where the leaders are not elected and can never be fired. With its biting wit and laugh-out-loud humor, this novel will change everything you think you know about how great lawyers, and great judges, are made.

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The devil holds a gavel in this wickedly entertaining debut novel about a young attorney's eventful year clerking for a federal judge. Sheila Raj is a recent graduate of a top-ten law school with dreams of working for the ACLU, but law school did not prepare her for the power-hungry sociopath, Judge Helga Friedman, who greets her on her first day. While her beleaguered colleagues begin quitting their jobs, Sheila is assigned to a high-profile death penalty case and suddenly realizes that she has to survive the year as Friedman's chambermaid -- not just her sanity, but actual lives hang in the balance.… (more)

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