Templand (TEMPLAND Series Book 1)
Jill Elaine Hughes
The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie's journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on "just a summer job" to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather. In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job---which she finally gets, along with her man. TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and mystery novel all rolled into one.

Book Details


  • Chick Lit

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Melanie thought that she was headed for success after completing graduate school, but her dreams of steady employment were dashed in the post 9/11 economy. Now 28 years old, she works as a temp in Chicago- when she can even find a temp position. Her bills go unpaid, her utilities are being shut off, and her crazy ex-boyfriend just won't leave her alone. 

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