Morrow, Feb 2002, 23.95, 292 pp.
Since her divorce, La Jolla, California's Becky Weston has worked hard to get where she is now. She partially supports her daughter and son, nurtured her demanding elderly mother, and attended law school at night while working as a receptionist at Roth, Tolbert & Anderson. Now a lawyer at the same firm, Becky is still at times assigned the tasks of a receptionist.
When her ex husband dies, his will causes havoc on Becky and their children as his second wife controls the trust funds. Her professional life begins to look up as Becky is assigned to legally represent current in-crowd guru Bobbi Crystol, proponent of an anti-aging program. However, just when her legal career looks upward, Becky notices that many participants in Crystol's program seem sicker when they leave. Knowing she needs her job, but fretting over her integrity, Becky struggles with what to do about her new client.
EXIT STRATEGIES is an insightful look at an optimist who has been down for the nine count on several occasions, but always gets up jabbing. Becky makes the story line as readers follow her trials and tribulations that probably make her feel as if she is part of Job's gene pool. The support cast mostly adds stress to Becky's life, but that enables the audience to observe her coping with one disaster after another. Catherine Todd provides an insightful look at a true survivor, who surprisingly never runs away from home though the thought is bouncing around her conscious electrons.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner