Cathy Vorhees is a modern New York gal that has it all. She is thriving in the fast paced world of advertising until she screws up a presentation and is unceremoniously fired. After the unlikely event of an exploding mircrowave, Cathy finds herself stuck in 1959. Somehow she has replaced the life of a Cathy Voight who looks just like her but is a woman of questionable character who is mean to her friends, sleeps with married men and cheats her way to the top at work. Not sure of how to get back home Cathy throws herself into this new world of sexual harassment and where a woman’s reputation is all she has. Her new landlord Hank just might make it all worth it.
Neale writes a fast paced novel that focuses on the trials and tribulations Cathy faces in 1959. This does have an unexpected sobering effect on the reader when one realizes how far women’s rights have come. The setting of 1959 is integral to the setting and cannot be duplicated. 2006, 342 pages.