Sarah Rose Etter, in conversation with Alexandra Chang, discusses Ripe

Sarah Rose Etter

A year into her dream job at a cutthroat Silicon Valley start-up, Cassie finds herself trapped in a corporate nightmare. Between the long hours, toxic bosses, and unethical projects, she also struggles to reconcile the glittering promise of a city where obscene wealth lives alongside abject poverty and suffering. Ivy League grads complain about the snack selection from a conference room with a view of unhoused people bathing in the bay. Start-up burnouts leap into the paths of commuter trains, and men literally set themselves on fire in the streets.

Though isolated, Cassie is never alone. From her earliest memory, a miniature black hole has been her constant companion. It feeds on her depression and anxiety, growing or shrinking in relation to her distress. The black hole watches, but it also waits. Its relentless pull draws Cassie ever closer as the world around her unravels.

When she ends up unexpectedly pregnant at the same time her CEO's demands cross into illegal territory, Cassie must decide whether the tempting fruits of Silicon Valley are really worth it. "Lurid, tense, and compelling" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Ripe portrays one millennial woman's journey through our late-stage capitalist hellscape and offers a brilliantly incisive look at the absurdities of modern life. (Scribner Book Company)

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781668011645
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2024