NOT WORK­ING

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Lisa Owens, Macmil­lan. LM

Claire Flan­nery is look­ing for pur­pose. It doesn’t ap­pear to be cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions. That ended with urges to eat the of­fice pa­per clips. It’s not read­ing Ulysses – a nine-month odyssey in it­self. Her droll grand­mother un­der­stands. “I re­mem­ber what be­ing your age was like,” she says. “Of course, I had four chil­dren.” Claire’s con­cerns are re­lat­able and funny. They tell of a gen­er­a­tion spoilt for choice, stranded in pro­cras­ti­na­tion and feel­ing the pres­sure of ex­pec­ta­tion. It’s a no-brainer for any­one who’s ever won­dered, “If I can just digest enough TED talks [and] self­im­prove­ment pod­casts… then surely the an­swer will re­veal it­self to me?”

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