In The Drink

Claudia Steiner never intended for her life to become such a disaster. At the age of twenty-nine she finds herself serving as secretary to an insane, aging socialite who barks orders from her toilet, specializes in devastating backhanded remarks, and expects Claudia to ghostwrite her best-selling novels. Her job pays enough to keep her in overpriced cocktails, cabs, and take-out but doesn’t cover the rent on her roach-infested apartment or keep her creditors at bay. Her romantic prospects are no better. She’s hopelessly in love with her best friend, a corporate lawyer who may or may not be gay, and she’s still relentlessly pursued by her ex-lover, a married unpublished epic poet. All Claudia can rely on–aside from her wry sense of humor and her faith in the medicinal properties of whiskey–is a persistent little flame of belief in herself, which gives her the glimmer of a chance for a happy ending.

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Christensen’s acid wit burns up the pages.

Entertainment Weekly

An artful chronicle of a frustrated writer who finds herself light-years from where she expected she’d be.

New York Magazine

Claudia Steiner has to be the freshest anti-heroine I’ve read in a long time.


Like its protagonist, Christensen’s book is funny and intelligent, filled with dead-on New York character types and locales.

The Baltimore Sun

Hilarious, decadent, painfully honest, and sparkling with wit and originality…With this exuberant first novel, Kate Christensen burst onto the literary scene.

Cathi Hanauer

author of 'My Sister's Bones'

Like Bridget [Jones], Christensen’s Claudia Steiner is a mess…but Claudia is endearing because she remains appreciative of her own grittiness.


A breezy and confident first novel.

The New York Times Book Review

Christensen’s narrative voice is sharp, urban, and laugh-out-loud funny.


At a time when authors are penning bestselling memoirs about their alcoholic torment, and 12-step programs are as popular as SUVs, Christensen’s take is refreshing.

New York Post

Read In the Drink because it’s about a girl who knows exactly how it feels to be us. For a change.


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