The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You
Set amid the world’s international airports and glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) hotels, the bestselling author of “The Copenhagen Affair, brings you story about what it really means for professional (but still human!) women to tackle the corporate world, scale the leadership ladder, and lean in to the lives they’ve always wanted, and truly deserve—Up in the Air meets 9 to 5 for today’s Pantsuit Nation.Asmi knows that CPH (Copenhagen, Denmark) is the best airport to shop for clothes, and ATH (Athens, Greece) the best for shoes. The best Zara store is in BCN (Barcelona, Spain). The best airport to buy whiskey at is ARN (Stockholm, Sweden). When stopping at CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris), you must have a long layover because of those damn funiculars; and never forget that the international terminal in ORD (Chicago) has no food after ten in the evening. Airplanes, airports, and hotel lobby bars make Asmi feel just as much at home as her apartment in Laguna Beach does. A marketing director in a biotech company, Asmi rose through the corporate ranks and never really took the time to think about couple-hood. She has good friends, a terrific sister who lives close by, and a married on-again, off-again lover in Paris she sees while she travels around the world for work.But as Asmi reaches the big 4-0 and contemplates making some life choices; her boss announces he is retiring, and she is suddenly thrown into a corporate Hunger Games against her nemesis Scott Beauregard III to win a promotion.Worried that her inability to commit to a real relationship with a man is a personality flaw and afraid that she’s unqualified for the job she desperately wants, Asmi must learn to lean in to have the career and life she wants and deserves, without worrying about what society expects from her.

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You Details

TitleThe Nearest Exit May Be Behind You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 1st, 2019
PublisherAnd Then She Said Press
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You Review

  • Deanna Sletten
    January 1, 1970
    Asmi is a successful woman who holds a high-powered position in a global corporation that allows her to travel all over the world. On the flip side, she is forty, unmarried, childless, and has no immediate prospects for a permanent relationship. She worries that she may have put too much emphasis on her career and too little on her personal life, and just as she begins to question her choices, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate Hunger Games (her words) between her and a male colleagu Asmi is a successful woman who holds a high-powered position in a global corporation that allows her to travel all over the world. On the flip side, she is forty, unmarried, childless, and has no immediate prospects for a permanent relationship. She worries that she may have put too much emphasis on her career and too little on her personal life, and just as she begins to question her choices, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate Hunger Games (her words) between her and a male colleague for a position she fears she isn’t even qualified for. And so, let the games begin.In "The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You," author Amulya Malladi (Bestselling author of "The Copenhagen Affair") draws the reader into the high-powered corporate world where Asmi works hard to walk the tightrope of being a woman in a male-dominated world. With sharp wit and intelligent dialogue, we observe Asmi in her work relationships, friendships, and with family, and see how she tries to balance it all while feeling she may not be balancing it very well. You’ll find yourself cheering Asmi on as she makes decisions that will affect her personal and professional life in her quest to find out if a woman can really have it all. A truly intelligent novel by a highly talented author.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    This book was funny, touching and empowering.you will love Asmi as she makes her was through a high powered job with wry humor and tenacity. Best book I've read in long time.
  • Anita R Mohan
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a woman, READ this book. Does not matter what age or stage of life you are in, student, homemaker, in between careers, or a working woman, just READ this book. Call it a Survival Guide or Coaching 101, this book motivates, inspires, and maybe even emboldens. A survival workbook brought to life by Asmi, a woman in her 40’s, unmarried, not in a permanent relationship, at times melodramatic, and always doubting herself because of familial expectations. Her sister is happily married with If you are a woman, READ this book. Does not matter what age or stage of life you are in, student, homemaker, in between careers, or a working woman, just READ this book. Call it a Survival Guide or Coaching 101, this book motivates, inspires, and maybe even emboldens. A survival workbook brought to life by Asmi, a woman in her 40’s, unmarried, not in a permanent relationship, at times melodramatic, and always doubting herself because of familial expectations. Her sister is happily married with two children and their mother expects the same of Asmi. This, constantly has Asmi questioning her life and her career choices. On the work front, Asmi is in a battle with Scott, who she considers her nemesis, for a promotion as Vice President of Marketing. In this fast paced novel Asmi tells through her own experiences, that women can have both a life and a career without giving up either. The story is very contemporary and tells stories of women who have to deal with obvious workplace situations, have to assert themselves every step of the way, and have each other, like Cara for Asmi, to lean on for support in this male dominated world. A morale booster for any woman who questions herself, doubts, and thinks she cannot make it. This is one book you will want to keep referring back to time to time and especially if you are in a corporate environment. Amulya Malladi has definitely outdone herself with this novel. Cannot wait for her next one.I was sent a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Angela Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Asmi is a role model, even if she can't see it. I can't quite remember how I got connected with the author to receive this ARC but I'm so glad I did. What a refreshing and empowering piece of literature. There are times when Asmi grated on my nerves, but it's probably because we can all relate to that inner self doubt that Asmi often experiences (or her inner critic as she refers to it). Asmi is a woman we can relate to even if our circumstances and lives are exactly the same. We've probably all Asmi is a role model, even if she can't see it. I can't quite remember how I got connected with the author to receive this ARC but I'm so glad I did. What a refreshing and empowering piece of literature. There are times when Asmi grated on my nerves, but it's probably because we can all relate to that inner self doubt that Asmi often experiences (or her inner critic as she refers to it). Asmi is a woman we can relate to even if our circumstances and lives are exactly the same. We've probably all experienced those common pressures - to "settle down," to get married, to have children, yada yada. You know the drill. This pressure to choose motherhood and only motherhood to forsake travel, career, self.I'm a stay at home mom. I love it. This is what I want to do. But, I experience my own set of pressures when people tell me I wasted my education or tell me they couldn't JUST stay at home. It can be hard. That is why women need to support women which was my favorite take-away from The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You.Between chapters are excerpts from a fictional personal development book - helpful pieces for any woman in the work force. In all honesty, sometimes I found myself skimming these bits to get back to Asmi's story, but its something I could see myself coming back to in the future.I believe you can get your hands on that personal development book now! What a great complimentary piece. Sometimes Asmi was a frustrating character like when it came to her decisions about her romantic relationships, but isn't that just like all of us at one point in our lives or another? She's not perfect, and neither are we, but she's learning to love herself flaws and all and be confident in the good she deserves. A great moral.
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  • Carla Suto
    January 1, 1970
    THE NEAREST EXIT MAY BE BEHIND YOU by Amulya Malladi is an insightful and inspirational book that drew me in and kept me engaged from beginning to end. It is told from the point of view of forty-year-old Asmi, a successful marketing executive in a global corporation who suddenly finds herself embroiled in a battle with a male colleague for the next rung in the corporate career ladder. She finds herself questioning her priorities and her abilities as well as her choices to date to emphasize her c THE NEAREST EXIT MAY BE BEHIND YOU by Amulya Malladi is an insightful and inspirational book that drew me in and kept me engaged from beginning to end. It is told from the point of view of forty-year-old Asmi, a successful marketing executive in a global corporation who suddenly finds herself embroiled in a battle with a male colleague for the next rung in the corporate career ladder. She finds herself questioning her priorities and her abilities as well as her choices to date to emphasize her career over close relationships and family. The reader takes the journey with Asmi as she looks for balance in her personal and professional life. The scenarios Asmi faces in a male-dominated workplace and culture are portrayed with honesty and intelligence. The dialogue is sharp, often humorous and witty. I loved seeing Asmi find her strength, taking a firm stand for herself and the other women around her. I enjoyed this unique and timely novel and highly recommend it. Thank you to the author for a chance to read an early copy.
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  • Annie McDonnell
    January 1, 1970
    We’ve needed a book like this! Women will applaud Amulya Malladi’s talent for weaving a workbook for us on how to step forward in our lives and careers into a fictional tale. We are offered real life strategic advice and guidance as the main character, Asmi is actually living it in the story. It was truly brilliant! To give a voice to the workbook is just a magnificent idea! In the days where women need to learn to stand up for themselves and one another, Asmi sure takes us on a wonderful journe We’ve needed a book like this! Women will applaud Amulya Malladi’s talent for weaving a workbook for us on how to step forward in our lives and careers into a fictional tale. We are offered real life strategic advice and guidance as the main character, Asmi is actually living it in the story. It was truly brilliant! To give a voice to the workbook is just a magnificent idea! In the days where women need to learn to stand up for themselves and one another, Asmi sure takes us on a wonderful journey showing us how and why these two things are so important. It is a very empowering journey that feels like a celebration of women.From Asmi’s own career issues; where she was up for the Vice President position against a man named Scott and she felt a bit inferior. To Asmi having to stand up for Leticia; one of her employees that should have been promoted a long time ago…and all of the juicy drama in between. You will not be disappointed! Amulya Malladi shows us how Asmi gains her own strength and determination to do what she must do for herself and others as a woman in the industry. We also learn how important our support system is because Asmi sure has excellent women she can count on; and I loved them all. So, will you.Let Asmi show you the way to better yourself in today’s culture. She is super likeable, humorous, smart, and definitely a woman you would look up to! This is undoubtedly a must read for women that are looking to get ahead and be entertained at the same time! I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Kumkum
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a huge fan of the author’s books. In fact, I have read every single one of them! Her style of writing and the fact that each of her books revolve around different situations and each one has a unique storyline, keep me captivated till the end. This is the first time I’m writing a review though – so here goes!Reading this book is a must for all women – whether career-minded or not, I must say. The story intricately weaves in and out of the protagonist’s life – whether personal or professional I’m a huge fan of the author’s books. In fact, I have read every single one of them! Her style of writing and the fact that each of her books revolve around different situations and each one has a unique storyline, keep me captivated till the end. This is the first time I’m writing a review though – so here goes!Reading this book is a must for all women – whether career-minded or not, I must say. The story intricately weaves in and out of the protagonist’s life – whether personal or professional. To one side of it is the typical traditional Indian-minded philosophy that you need to get married and have kids in order to be called a successful woman and on the other end resides success, as fated by career. The author has beautifully spun the story around work-life balance and how determination and perseverance can get you what you desire and deserve. Even though it doesn’t always seem that you will get what you covet, and you face multiple obstacles on the way, sheer dedication and the will to stick to your beliefs and act upon as to what you think is right, takes you a long way. This story is about struggle for existence, recognition and success, in a male-dominated world, and the author has beautifully brought out the very fact, that for women, you don’t need a man to be successful in life. So go for it ladies, and experience through the joy of reading, how to improve yourself and your mindset and come out with flying colors, whether on the home-front or at work. Definitely worth 5 stars!
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  • Miss W Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is the first book I have read by author Amulya Malladi and I am telling you it WILL NOT BE THE LAST!!!! This novel is not only incredibly well written fiction but also doubles as a professional woman's workbook and empowers working women everywhere. As a woman in the corporate world, this novel spoke to me!I could not BELIEVE the bonus between each chapter! An excerpt from The Business Workbook "And then she said...10 Coaching Lessons to Help the Everyday woman The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is the first book I have read by author Amulya Malladi and I am telling you it WILL NOT BE THE LAST!!!! This novel is not only incredibly well written fiction but also doubles as a professional woman's workbook and empowers working women everywhere. As a woman in the corporate world, this novel spoke to me!I could not BELIEVE the bonus between each chapter! An excerpt from The Business Workbook "And then she said...10 Coaching Lessons to Help the Everyday woman Take Her Next Step".Women need to read this book. This talented author expertly weaved a workbook into a fictional story.I enjoyed every minute of this book and I plan to put some of this into action in my career. Thank you for an excellent read.
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  • Shiva Priya
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for all kinds of women; working, SAHM, working at home, Mothers rejoining the workforce all go through the exact thoughts that Asmi has. Super refreshing and a raw read. At times you cringe with Asmi and at others you laugh, cry, and embolden as she goes through her struggle with corporate gender-biased politics and a hunger games style promotion. Every woman has faced a Scott, has a Cara to lean on and an Isadora to model after. This book really structures all of the doubts that we A must read for all kinds of women; working, SAHM, working at home, Mothers rejoining the workforce all go through the exact thoughts that Asmi has. Super refreshing and a raw read. At times you cringe with Asmi and at others you laugh, cry, and embolden as she goes through her struggle with corporate gender-biased politics and a hunger games style promotion. Every woman has faced a Scott, has a Cara to lean on and an Isadora to model after. This book really structures all of the doubts that we go through at various levels and offers a practical and relatable approach to counteract it. The workbook style inserts after every chapter is very helpful to understand and estimate your own standing. Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review and I truly, truly loved it. Definitely a must read .
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing book! I was given this ARC for an honest review and even if I hadn’t I still would have bought this book as soon as it hit the shelf! I love the way Amulya Malladi writes! She takes you literally on a journey in her books as if you are right with the characters and I love it! This story of Asmi shows that in this cut throat world of corporate ladder craziness woman can do it all just as good as men! She learns she can have the career and life she wants and deserves without giving What an amazing book! I was given this ARC for an honest review and even if I hadn’t I still would have bought this book as soon as it hit the shelf! I love the way Amulya Malladi writes! She takes you literally on a journey in her books as if you are right with the characters and I love it! This story of Asmi shows that in this cut throat world of corporate ladder craziness woman can do it all just as good as men! She learns she can have the career and life she wants and deserves without giving up one or the other. I truly love Amulya Malladi and her style she is amazing and I look forward to many more books by her!! 🎉🎉
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  • Angela Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this book. Too tired to put why into words.
  • Rochelle Weinstein
    January 1, 1970
    Malladi tackles a relevant topic for women in the modern working world: executives forced to juggle beauty and brains, balancing family and the workplace, and like one reviewer stated, all in fabulous heels. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is inspirational and compelling in its depiction of the struggles women face in the Lean In culture. An intelligent and witty read from a powerful voice. Brava to the author for tackling this important issue with sharp wit all while asking the important que Malladi tackles a relevant topic for women in the modern working world: executives forced to juggle beauty and brains, balancing family and the workplace, and like one reviewer stated, all in fabulous heels. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is inspirational and compelling in its depiction of the struggles women face in the Lean In culture. An intelligent and witty read from a powerful voice. Brava to the author for tackling this important issue with sharp wit all while asking the important questions.
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  • Maida
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting women’s fiction/self-development workbook hybrid. Full review at maidamalby.com
  • Jeanne Fredriksen
    January 1, 1970
    Publishing July 1, 2019, appropriately just in time for Independence Day! Take a worldwide, whirlwind tour with Asmi Verma as she fights for the VP promotion being dangled in front of her and her colleague, the misogynist Scott Beauregard III. Fast and furious, THE NEAREST EXIT MAY BE BEHIND YOU by best-selling author Amulya Malladi is poised to lift women's spirits and teach us all about leadership and respect in the workplace. ~~~~~~~~~~Not all of us are in high-profile, cutthroat work environ Publishing July 1, 2019, appropriately just in time for Independence Day! Take a worldwide, whirlwind tour with Asmi Verma as she fights for the VP promotion being dangled in front of her and her colleague, the misogynist Scott Beauregard III. Fast and furious, THE NEAREST EXIT MAY BE BEHIND YOU by best-selling author Amulya Malladi is poised to lift women's spirits and teach us all about leadership and respect in the workplace. ~~~~~~~~~~Not all of us are in high-profile, cutthroat work environments that fling a person all over the world, leading to an intimacy with worldwide airports, fine hotels, and finer restaurants. However, Asmi Verma is that corporate woman in Amulya Malladi’s eigthth novel, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (publishing July 1, 2019). The novel doubles as a working woman’s workbook/pep rally and love story to the strength of women everywhere.Asmi, single and nearly 40 (much to the dismay of her beleaguered Indian mother), loves her work with a passion. Alternatively, she constantly questions – as do all women – if she’s good enough for the VP promotion being dangled in front of her and her colleague, the misogynistic Scott Beauregard III, a card-carrying member of GTech’s “boys’ club.” Despite pitfalls and challenges designed to break both her spirit and the heels of her designer shoes, Asmi does her job around the world at the drop of a boarding pass in the only way she knows how: with thoughtful leadership and unwavering professionalism. To some readers, this will be an escapist fairy-tale world of jet-setting and high corporate stakes and positioning. Most of us don’t and will never experience what Asmi does – not even a fraction. But that’s fine because it heightens the emotion, the intrigue, the struggle.Asmi (which appropriately means “I Am” in Sanskrit), is complex yet simple, able to joke but see things as they are. She’s strong and confident, but she still has the doubt we women were raised to carry with us. In other words, she’s not some unimaginable robot super-woman who has no flaws. She’s relatable even though, for most people, she’s at a stage in her profession that most readers probably could only dream about.In contrast to Asmi is her sister, Ananya (the pair I call The A-Team). Ananya is the stay-at-home mother to Asmi’s work animal. They are the yin-yang of the story, the balance, the greener grass on the other side. Together, as one, they would, indeed, have it all, and yet both are distinct personalities. Brava for that contrast and blend, Amulya! I love how their pendulums swing over the course of the book.Truths and tales of the working world are the foundation of the novel, and imperfections are as front and center as are victories. Malladi doesn’t point the finger at men only … just the one finger they deserve and a couple of others. And yet, Malladi rightfully sees fit to include supportive male colleagues and a tribe of like-minded, supportive female colleagues.As a bonus between each chapter is an excerpt from the business workbook, “And Then She Said …” which highlights Asmi’s growth from beginning to end. The workbook is a clever side publication that coaches, lifts, and supports women’s attitudes toward getting that better position, negotiating a better salary, and above all, finding and holding the confidence within themselves to do their best and greatest. If only I’d had that workbook decades ago!Asmi’s story is glamorous on the surface but down and dirty real. No matter what your job is in life, this is the book to make you feel you best and cheer for the underdog all the way to the finish line. Once you start reading, it will be more than difficult to put it down.Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I also was privileged to read an early draft of this novel.https://whenlooseendsmeet.com/2019/06...
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  • Angelina
    January 1, 1970
    Amulya Malladi’s new novel is a suspenseful fictional cocktail of corporate Hunger Games, Lean In, and business workbook with a dash of Jane Austenesque humor. Set in corporate America, the novel begins with Asmi wearing uber professional suit, Jungle Red lipstick, and Wild Thing sandals about to meet the CEO of her company to learn if the CEO will promote her as the new VP of Marketing. She is more qualified, is smarter, and has more integrity than Scott the other candidate for the position who Amulya Malladi’s new novel is a suspenseful fictional cocktail of corporate Hunger Games, Lean In, and business workbook with a dash of Jane Austenesque humor. Set in corporate America, the novel begins with Asmi wearing uber professional suit, Jungle Red lipstick, and Wild Thing sandals about to meet the CEO of her company to learn if the CEO will promote her as the new VP of Marketing. She is more qualified, is smarter, and has more integrity than Scott the other candidate for the position whom she has been competing for the job for the past nine months. She has a Plan B and a Plan C if she does not get the job but her hands her unsteady as she opens the door to the CEO’s office. The novel is the story of those nine months where Asmi, a successful Director of Marketing, who loves coaching her team to succeed in their career, is herself facing a career crisis and a personal crisis and needs coaching and support.When the current VP of Marketing decides to retire, the battle lines are drawn as both Asmi and Scott want the job. Asmi feels that Scott and the old boy network might defeat her and destroy her life as isn’t it well known that, “A woman with no husband or children must at least have a stellar career.” Asmi’s personal life is also a mess as she is in love with a married man and is turning 40. Scott, on the other hand, is a happily married man and completely confident that he will get the job. Incidents happen that lead to a public humiliation, a scary panic attack, and private angst from which there seems no recovery. How Asmi fights back, how her coterie of friends, mentor, and sister encourage her to rise above the challenges, how she navigates her career and her personal life is an exciting suspenseful thrill ride that readers will love.Asmi, a single woman and a marketing director; Ananya’s Asmi sister and a homemaker; Cara, Asmi’s friend and a married human resources directory; Celeste, the CEO’s secretary; Isadora, the only woman on the executive team; Jo Shaw, the recruiter are only a few of the strong, memorable women characters in the novel. Asmi’s and their stories interspersed with a business workbook for career woman makes the novel a thought-provoking contemporary novel which gives practical tips for women to navigate the corporate jungle even as it celebrates the universal themes of ethics, integrity, hard work, love, hope, and friendship.
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  • Heather Frimmer
    January 1, 1970
    This clever and relatable novel shines a bright spotlight on the struggles women face in the corporate world. The main character, Asmi, is being considered for a promotion to the Vice President of marketing at her tech company. The other candidate,Scott, is a revolting frat boy type character who thrives in the boys club culture of his team. As Asmi faces a Hunger Games type set of challenges to prove herself worthy of the promotion, she learns a lot about the ways women hold themselves back in This clever and relatable novel shines a bright spotlight on the struggles women face in the corporate world. The main character, Asmi, is being considered for a promotion to the Vice President of marketing at her tech company. The other candidate,Scott, is a revolting frat boy type character who thrives in the boys club culture of his team. As Asmi faces a Hunger Games type set of challenges to prove herself worthy of the promotion, she learns a lot about the ways women hold themselves back in the workplace. Malladi uses her personal experience as a marketing executive for a global company to explore several important topics, including self doubt, leaning in, learning not to apologize and balancing personal life and fulfillment with career goals. “Leaning in, she thought was not just about leaning in at work, it was about leaning in all the way Into life.”Approaching forty and single, Asmi finds herself at a crossroads. The competition for the promotion forces her to reevaluate both her professional and personal priorities and decide how she wants to live the rest of her life. Malladi’s keen insights and realistic detail about the realities of the corporate world make Asmi and her colleagues feel authentic and human. Her writing is fresh and easy to read and the story flows nicely right up to the satisfying conclusion. Though I don’t work in the corporate world, as a woman in a medical speciality that is 75% male (radiology), I have experienced so many of the feelings and situations Asmi encounters in this story—I’m sure Asmi’s story will ring true for women in all types of careers.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You” by Amulya Malladi, She Writes Press, July 2019Amulya Malladi, Author of “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You” has written a wonderful, thought-provoking, intriguing and time-appropriate novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the present. The story takes place in corporate America and in companies around the world. There is a feeling of “The Hunger Games” as women and men Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You” by Amulya Malladi, She Writes Press, July 2019Amulya Malladi, Author of “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You” has written a wonderful, thought-provoking, intriguing and time-appropriate novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the present. The story takes place in corporate America and in companies around the world. There is a feeling of “The Hunger Games” as women and men compete for the management positions. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, motivated and insecure.Asmi, almost 40 years old is single, and a marketing director in a big company. When the opportunity arises that there is an available position in top management. Asmi finds her competition is an aggressive man with less experience than she has. Asmi realizes that she really has a fight on her hands to get the position.I appreciate that the author discusses contemporary issues that face women and careers, marriage, and children. The standards aren’t equal for women and men. What are the choices that women have? Asmi has to figure out what her goals in her life her. Then Asmi has to decide how to get what she wants. After speaking and helping other women, Asmi realizes that women have their work cut out for them. Can she get what she wants?I recommend this novel for readers who enjoy a thought-provoking novel. The author discusses the importance of family, friends, self-worth, hard work, love and hope.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, when I read the summary of The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You I wasn’t sure this book was for me. I’m not a career woman, never have been nor have aspired to be. But Asmi’s concerns are women’s concerns, in all walks of life. The setting of the corporate world was an interesting backdrop for me, having never ventured into it. I learned a lot about that lifestyle while at the same time I could still relate to some of Asmi’s struggles, both personal and professional. I really liked A To be honest, when I read the summary of The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You I wasn’t sure this book was for me. I’m not a career woman, never have been nor have aspired to be. But Asmi’s concerns are women’s concerns, in all walks of life. The setting of the corporate world was an interesting backdrop for me, having never ventured into it. I learned a lot about that lifestyle while at the same time I could still relate to some of Asmi’s struggles, both personal and professional. I really liked Asmi and was eager to get back to the book to see how things were going and how they would end up for her. The inclusion of the work book within the story was interesting. I think this book is especially perfect for any woman launching a career. This book contains humor, wit, excellent storytelling, and wisdom. I give it a thumbs up!
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  • Michelle Stamp
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and loved all of Amulya Malladi’s books. Every time I have started one, I immediately feel that I am with the characters and on their journeys with them. This book is no exception and I really enjoyed it. I was rooting for Asmi all the way, I liked her and could relate to her struggles even though I am not in the corporate world. I would strongly recommend this book and after you read it, you will probably want to read more by Amulya Malladi! This was a little different in style as t I have read and loved all of Amulya Malladi’s books. Every time I have started one, I immediately feel that I am with the characters and on their journeys with them. This book is no exception and I really enjoyed it. I was rooting for Asmi all the way, I liked her and could relate to her struggles even though I am not in the corporate world. I would strongly recommend this book and after you read it, you will probably want to read more by Amulya Malladi! This was a little different in style as there is the main story with the workbook fitting alongside but it works beautifully. I was really pleased to have been sent an early copy, very many thanks.
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  • Tammy Morse
    January 1, 1970
    This a book about a women who turns 40 and is single and working her way up the corporate ladder. Feeling because she is a female she won't get the job she is working for. So she decides she will write a workbook to help women feel better and help themselves in the working their way up in the corporate world. You have to read the book to see how she accomplishes her goals in her life. This is a book that is helpful for women today. To show that you can be a woman and rise your way up the corpora This a book about a women who turns 40 and is single and working her way up the corporate ladder. Feeling because she is a female she won't get the job she is working for. So she decides she will write a workbook to help women feel better and help themselves in the working their way up in the corporate world. You have to read the book to see how she accomplishes her goals in her life. This is a book that is helpful for women today. To show that you can be a woman and rise your way up the corporate ladder to the job you want. Also find a relationship that will work for you like maybe Asmid will do in the future.
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  • Tracy Wright
    January 1, 1970
    Asmi is a successful career woman who is able to stand her ground against an arranged marriage but secretly has the same ambivalent insecurities when it comes to the glass ceiling. She has a lovely home on the beach, shops in the world's best airports, has a married French lover....yet, she still questions what she wants and if she's capable of landing the promotion. Following her around the world, the reader feels as though they are at each presentation, each interaction with rivals, mentors an Asmi is a successful career woman who is able to stand her ground against an arranged marriage but secretly has the same ambivalent insecurities when it comes to the glass ceiling. She has a lovely home on the beach, shops in the world's best airports, has a married French lover....yet, she still questions what she wants and if she's capable of landing the promotion. Following her around the world, the reader feels as though they are at each presentation, each interaction with rivals, mentors and siblings, and each beautifully described dinner. Women will recognize a soul sister in this character, they'll recognize the jerks at work and the messages that society sends to women. I loved how she learned to turn down the volume, her relationship with her sister, and how well the story illustrated her ethics and business expertise. There is also a fun heading to each chapter instructing women on the art of assertive behavior--familiar reading for women! I read this in one sitting. I couldn't wait to see where Asmi took me on her journey. Amulya Malladi knows her subject matter intimately--the airports, the cities, the food and fashion, and she blends it skillfully into a very entertaining and timely book.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Part novel, part success manual and completely riveting. Asmi has a job that many people would covet. She travels the world and is successful in her career. She is vying with a (not so nice) colleague for a promotion. She is beginning to realize all of the sacrifices she has had to make for her career, many of them because she is a woman. Asmi (through her relationships with her sister, best friend, and romantic interests) Express what it takes to make it as a woman in a still male dominated set Part novel, part success manual and completely riveting. Asmi has a job that many people would covet. She travels the world and is successful in her career. She is vying with a (not so nice) colleague for a promotion. She is beginning to realize all of the sacrifices she has had to make for her career, many of them because she is a woman. Asmi (through her relationships with her sister, best friend, and romantic interests) Express what it takes to make it as a woman in a still male dominated setting.The format of the book with the career manual/workbook worked in was exciting, creative, and meaningful. Inspiring must read!
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Malladi had tapped into a slice of life that many women, who have battled their way to the top in the corporate arena, juggling societal and familial expectations along the way, will find extremely relatable. A witty, insightful and entertaining read about the challenges of life in the fast-lane, in heels.
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  • Angel D
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent new book!! Certainly anyone working in the corporate world will totally relate. Asmi takes us on a journey where I can say I have been!! It also speaks to any woman over 50 +( me, not Asmi) looking for a job in todays world. Talent , experience mean little when age is a factor and youth comes cheaper. This is a must read for women just wanting to be independent and respected in an often unfortunate “man’s world”. Asmi shows us all what integrity means and you will always shine if you h Excellent new book!! Certainly anyone working in the corporate world will totally relate. Asmi takes us on a journey where I can say I have been!! It also speaks to any woman over 50 +( me, not Asmi) looking for a job in todays world. Talent , experience mean little when age is a factor and youth comes cheaper. This is a must read for women just wanting to be independent and respected in an often unfortunate “man’s world”. Asmi shows us all what integrity means and you will always shine if you have it!! Thanks for an insightful and inspiring read!!!
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a cross between a novel and a handbook for women in the corporate world. Not being in the corporate world(I work in medical field) I found it very interesting both as a novel and a resource.
  • Moya Smith
    January 1, 1970
    A good readI do love all of this author’s work. This was not an exception. The format was interesting but I honestly was not interested in the business coaching “chapters”. All came together in the end though. Off to read her newest book!!
  • Karina
    January 1, 1970
    “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You” by Amulya Malladi hooked me as soon as I saw the cover, the story inside did not disappoint. There are some books, which when once started are difficult to put down this is one of those books.  I started as soon as I got to work and I hardly put it down until I went home. I read this cute and humorous book in 1 day. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was well written, with good characters that were fun and an interesting plot. It is a light and quick read “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You” by Amulya Malladi hooked me as soon as I saw the cover, the story inside did not disappoint. There are some books, which when once started are difficult to put down this is one of those books.  I started as soon as I got to work and I hardly put it down until I went home. I read this cute and humorous book in 1 day. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was well written, with good characters that were fun and an interesting plot. It is a light and quick read with all the usual ingredients: an independent young woman discovering her own strength and her doing what she wants no matter what society thinks or expects from her.   
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  • Northwestreader
    January 1, 1970
    This book, like all of Malladi’s previous books, is easy to pick up and almost immediately get engaged with the story. While it’s not a page turner in the way that a mystery might be, I found myself reading “just one more chapter” instead of getting up to engage in my next activity. With that being said, I am still not sure if it’s a novel infused with advice for women who want to succeed in the business world or if it’s a business self -help book with the advice being painlessly delivered throu This book, like all of Malladi’s previous books, is easy to pick up and almost immediately get engaged with the story. While it’s not a page turner in the way that a mystery might be, I found myself reading “just one more chapter” instead of getting up to engage in my next activity. With that being said, I am still not sure if it’s a novel infused with advice for women who want to succeed in the business world or if it’s a business self -help book with the advice being painlessly delivered through the words and actions of the main character, Asmi. Perhaps it doesn’t matter which it is because there is a lot of excellent advice contained in here as well as a good story about the trials of Asmi as she tries to rise in the very competitive world of business.While I am a female professional who has worked for decades, I have never been involved in the highly competitive business environment that the author describes. I don’t even personally know anyone who has risen to Asmi’s level in that world. This book made me much more aware of what that corporate life style really means—what it takes from you as well as what it provides for you. The travel, the fancy hotels, the exotic locations, the long periods away from family and friends and personal space. Reading about it is quite sufficient for me!However, much of the business advice contained here is applicable in the work places that I am familiar with. Most women who work or even ever plan to work can benefit from some piece of Malladi’s advice. We all need to believe in ourselves and our skills more and Malladi is trying her best to hammer those points home. Listen up, ladies! We all need to turn down the volume of our personal Wicked Witch!So, Amulya, keep on writing and I will keep on reading. Thank you for letting me know more about your world.I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Adrienne Harris
    January 1, 1970
    As with most of her novels (all of them, perhaps), I loved how Amulya Malladi introduced me to a different world—in this case, the corporate world—and specifically, the experience of a single woman of color in her late thirties working for an international company. As an academic, I travel some for my job, and I have often wondered what my life might be like had I pursued another path. I’ve loved every single one of Malladi’s books. As in "Serving Curry with Crazy," I appreciated Malladi’s mixt As with most of her novels (all of them, perhaps), I loved how Amulya Malladi introduced me to a different world—in this case, the corporate world—and specifically, the experience of a single woman of color in her late thirties working for an international company. As an academic, I travel some for my job, and I have often wondered what my life might be like had I pursued another path. I’ve loved every single one of Malladi’s books. As in "Serving Curry with Crazy," I appreciated Malladi’s mixture of genres in "The Nearest Exit May be Behind You. In this case, the author intertwines a novel with a self-help business manual that serves as a structuring device, separating chapters. The protagonist Asmi’s character is well-developed and complex. I was pulling for her from the first few pages. From Asmi, I learned strategies for dealing with rude people in the work place! From the handbook woven into the novel, I gathered strategies that will help me advocate for myself. I would say that the villain Scott was flat—too unpleasant to exist in the real world, but his kind do exist, unfortunately, and are frequently rewarded in spite of, or even because of, their repugnant behavior and offensive language. The ending surprised me and gave me goosebumps. I really enjoyed this novel and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys well-written novels with interesting, complicated characters, especially those frustrated with office politics, national politics, and gender-based discrimination. I will definitely reread this one!
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  • Jennifer Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I won in a giveaway on here a little while ago, and just got a chance to read it. This is the first book from this author. The story has a promising plot, and I looked forward to getting into it. We meet the main character Asmi outside of her bosses door, waiting to find out if she’s received the promotion that she’s been working hard for. Then it goes back nine months, showing her life and everything she’s done to work up to that point. I enjoyed the story, because is does show what a lot of ca I won in a giveaway on here a little while ago, and just got a chance to read it. This is the first book from this author. The story has a promising plot, and I looked forward to getting into it. We meet the main character Asmi outside of her bosses door, waiting to find out if she’s received the promotion that she’s been working hard for. Then it goes back nine months, showing her life and everything she’s done to work up to that point. I enjoyed the story, because is does show what a lot of career women face in the corporate world. Worrying about getting the coveted promotion they know they are qualified for, over a man that may not be as qualified, but stands a better chance, because he is a man. You get to watch as Asmi struggles with whether she should fight for the job she knows she deserves, or if she should just not try to beat out the man, Scott, her competition. She’s meets a stranger in an airport who tells her she should fight the fight, and try for the job. Overall, I enjoyed this story, it was very entertaining, and well told. You felt like you knew the characters. The one thing that I didn’t like, was that after every chapter, the author included experts from a business book. I didn’t understand why it was included in the story, and found myself skipping through some of those chapters. But you find out in the end of the book why it was included in the book. So it made more sense to me. I would recommend this, as I really did enjoy the story, and the characters.
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