A fast-paced and ripped-from-the-headlines story set in the glossy offices of Silicon Valley startups and New York City new media, Anna Bright Is Hiding Something explores our culture’s fascination with businesswomen who are breaking barriers—and sometimes behaving badly in the process.
Anna Bright is committing fraud. But nobody knows it yet. Not the board of her multibillion-dollar company, BrightLife; not her investors; not the media; not the public breathlessly anticipating the imminent launch of BrightSpot.
Jamie Roman, a hardworking journalist for BusinessBerry, is, no surprise, in awe of Anna: her company’s billion-dollar valuation, her polished confidence, and her hustle. But when Jamie learns about Anna’s misconduct, she embarks on a bicoastal journey to expose the crimes in the hope of making a name for herself as a journalist. It’s not long before Anna learns what the young reporter is up to, however—and she’ll do anything to stop Jamie, especially now that BrightLife’s IPO is days away.
With news of the deceit about to break, each woman will risk everything for her version of the truth . . . and only one will emerge unscathed.
“A fast-paced chess match between a hungry young journalist chasing the story that could make or break her career and a ruthless female founder who believes the rules do not apply to her. For fans of The Dropout, this is a smart and satisfying novel about ambition, delusion, and stubborn pride.” — Leigh Stein, author of Self Care
“Anna Bright Is Hiding Something is the perfect summer page-turner! This is a story that is so timely and telling! I want to see more deliciously complicated women like Anna Bright on our pages.” —Jo Piazza, author of The Sicilian Inheritance and We Are Not Like Them
“Grifters! Tech bros! The horrors of Palo Alto! A whip-smart, ripped-from-the-headlines plot! Anna Bright is Hiding Something has all of that, and more. In her latest, Susie Orman Schnall writes with a satirist’s eye about our society’s obsession with genius and success, and the sacrifices we’ll make in the name of ruthless ambition. Get ready for a wild ride.” —Grant Ginder, author of Let’s Not Do That Again
“An engrossing novel of two ambitious women that takes an unflinching look at the role of women in the male-dominated tech industry but also at the sexism that exists in the world of journalism. So timely, I devoured this riveting story in one sitting.” —Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs and The Sweet Spot
“Timely, gripping, and meticulously researched, Anna Bright knocked my socks off. It’s that rare story where you cheer for the hero and the villain in equal parts and, in the end, feel completely satisfied.” —Annabel Monaghan, author of Same Time Next Summer
“Thought-provoking, sharp, and propulsive, Anna Bright is Hiding Something is a modern take on female ambition and the lengths young women will go to in their quests to prove themselves. Readers will be captivated as Schnall forces her characters to walk the tightrope between integrity and opportunism. This gasp-out-loud read had me holding my breath to see who would be the first to fall.” —Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House and The Matchmaker’s Gift