Inventing Anna: The Real Biglaw Partner Behind the Scandal
September 22, 2022
Inventing Anna was the most popular legal novel of last year, but it wasn’t just any legal novel. Inventing Anna was also an exposé of the lives of Biglaw lawyers, something that had never been done before in the genre. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert,
set out to reveal the truth about how Biglaw partners live their lives, and how they treat those who work underneath them. But what we didn’t know was that Ms.
Why did the author write this book?
The inspiration for Inventing Anna came about when I was walking down Lexington Avenue in New York City and I passed by a law firm.
I stopped to stare at the sign and had an epiphany. A female lawyer, a mother, living in fear of losing her job – because she went to work instead of staying home with her child – seemed like a familiar story.
It made me think back to my own time as a partner in what we then called Big Law and how even though there were more senior women around me than ever before, it was really difficult to negotiate work/life balance and expectations.
So I started writing my book with one goal in mind, to capture what it was like for women in law firms when I entered more than twenty years ago. To describe how things were different and also how they hadn’t changed at all. And as I began writing Inventing Anna,
I realized that to truly get a sense of what women who are partners at big law firms have to face these days, it wouldn’t be enough to just describe my own experiences or draw from my research and anecdotal evidence.
This story needed a human connection. And so it became clear – if you want to understand why more senior women are leaving major law firms than ever before, you had better meet Tracey Stahl.
What’s in it for me? Section: How many times did you need to rewrite it?
Schwartz and his wife, Anna, are known for their unwavering drive to provide her autistic son with a happy life.
However, these parents’ relationship was not always as close as it appears. Recently uncovered court records show that a custody battle in 2007 had set them on opposing sides of a heated debate.
For years Schwartz had refused to leave their family home in Manhattan for one hour, let alone out of state. He stood by Anna’s side, sure that she was fitter to care for their child than he could ever be. Still, the couple divorced and Schwartz took on full-time care of their son while Anna started work at A&G Law Firm–and they were determined to make it work despite living thousands of miles apart.
Other books on your shelf
This is book two in a series, but it can stand alone. There are some sex, violence, and drugs – including drug addiction. It will keep you turning pages. And I read in Newsweek that this story was like Wall Street meets The Wolf of Wall Street. I’m eager to read the next installment!
It’s a work of fiction, which is what I read. After reading J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, I couldn’t put it down! My husband also reads a lot and is already done with several hundred pages of Christopher Caldwell’s book on Brexit, Referendum. You might want to start there if you don’t want to wait for my next book or get so distracted that you miss an appointment…
Tip for writing a novel
Writing a novel is much like writing any other type of book, except that you need to be prepared for some very different challenges and creatively deal with them. If you’re not sure where to start, start by taking an inventory of what you know so far. Ask yourself these questions and write down your thoughts as they come to you:
What is the conflict?
What happened in chapter one?
What will happen in chapter two?
If it’s not obvious yet, who’s going to win in this story and why?
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