When the heat in Brooklyn climbs to a hundred, there's only one thing worse than being a delivery man for HomeMade Cakes. It's being a delivery woman for Homemade. Because Anna, the feisty heroine of this earthy and irreverent novel, has to put up with things that her male co-workers can't imagine, from a boss who despises women to storekeepers who feel her up when they aren't trying to rip her off for the price of a carton of Chocos.
As realized by Susan Jerden, Anna is a true representative of blue-collar, no-glitz New York, a valiant single mother, whose attempts to keep her head above water—and her dignity intact—are both hilarious and uplifting. Let 'Em Eat Cake is a novel for anyone who has ever worked at a demeaning job and dreamed of dancing on the merchandise, a book as real as a corner bodega and as refreshing as an open hydrant in the middle of a scolding summer.
"Fresh, brimming with energy and earnestness and authenticity... Unusual and vivid."- Washington Post Book World
"Jerden's knack for description... makes the novel breathe with life.... From the first chapter, [her] words ring with realism and honesty, tumbling over themselves to confess dreams that aren't recognized and moments that tend to be forgotten."- San Francisco Chronicle
"Jerden flexes the taut muscles of her raw and compelling literary voice."- Entertainment Weekly
"Swashbuckling."- The New York Times Book Review