Not Safe For Work

Not Safe For Work

Author of the viral essay 'My boyfriend, a writer, broke up with me because I am a writer'


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The compulsively readable debut novel about a young woman trying to succeed in Hollywood without selling her soul - perfect f
or fans of Sweetbitter, My Dark Vanessa and Exciting Times

You are young, ambitious, college-educated and a feminist. Your new job is in television.

To climb the ranks, you do whatever it takes:
- Pull all-nighters
- Lean on your powerful mother's contacts
- Stay in shape at cult-like fitness classes
- Secretly wear your boss's fitbit to improve his stepcount - and his temper

You know the rules of this world. When someone senior tells you how pretty you look, you smile and thank him - and make a mental note never to wear that dress alone with him again.

When whispers start to circle that your office might have 'a bit of a rape problem,' and your close friend confesses her own unsettling encounter, you know there is plenty to gain from staying silent, and all too much to lose through speaking out.

And of course, you know your own boss is one of the good guys . . . don't you?

With blisteringly sharp prose and a darkly humorous voice, Not Safe For Work is an unflinching exploration of the grey area between empowerment and complicity, and a searing, unforgettable portrait of what success costs in a patriarchal world.

'A frank study of the psychological, and at times literal, gymnastics that are required of striving women.' RAVEN LEILANI, bestselling author of Luster

'Frank, funny and unputdownable' CLAIRE MESSUD

© Isabel Kaplan 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • Glittering. A funny, spiky compulsive story about toxic workplaces, lean-in culture and #MeToo
    Evening Standard

About the author

Isabel Kaplan

Isabel Kaplan graduated from Harvard and holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.
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