This Could Hurt: A Novel

This Could Hurt: A Novel


A funny and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives—a riveting fusion of The Nest, Up in the Air, and Then We Came to the End that captures the emotional complexities of five HR colleagues trying to balance ambition, hope, and fear as their small company is buffeted by economic forces that threaten to upend them.

Rosa Guerrero beat the odds as she rose to the top of the corporate world. An attractive woman of a certain age, the longtime chief of human resources at Ellery Consumer Research is still a formidable presence, even if her most vital days are behind her. A leader who wields power with grace and discretion, she has earned the devotion and loyalty of her staff. No one admires Rosa more than her doting lieutenant Leo Smalls, a benefits vice president whose whole world is Ellery.

While Rosa is consumed with trying to address the needs of her staff within the ever-constricting limits of the company’s bottom line, her associate director, Rob Hirsch, a middle-aged, happily married father of two, finds himself drawing closer to his "work wife," Lucy Bender, an enterprising single woman searching for something—a romance, a promotion—to fill the vacuum in her personal life. For Kenny Verville, a senior manager with an MBA, Ellery is a temporary stepping-stone to bigger and better places—that is, if his high-powered wife has her way.

Compelling, flawed, and heartbreakingly human, these men and women scheme, fall in and out of love, and nurture dreams big and small. As their individual circumstances shift, one thing remains constant—Rosa, the sun around whom they all orbit. When her world begins to crumble, the implications for everyone are profound, and Leo, Rob, Lucy, and Kenny find themselves changed in ways beyond their reckoning.

Jillian Medoff explores the inner workings of an American company in all its brilliant, insane, comforting, and terrifying glory. Authentic, razor-sharp, and achingly funny, This Could Hurt is a novel about work, loneliness, love, and loyalty; about sudden reversals and unexpected windfalls; a novel about life.

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  • 001 This Could Hurt
    Duration: 39s
  • 002 Part I
    Duration: 02min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 18min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 15min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 28min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 14min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 16min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 27min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 22min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 16min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 49min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 22min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 35min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duration: 14min
  • 015 Chapter 13
    Duration: 32min
  • 016 Chapter 14
    Duration: 14min
  • 017 Chapter 15
    Duration: 24min
  • 018 Chapter 16
    Duration: 09min
  • 019 Part II
    Duration: 01min
  • 020 Chapter 17
    Duration: 35min
  • 021 Chapter 18
    Duration: 31min
  • 022 Chapter 19
    Duration: 15min
  • 023 Part III
    Duration: 01min
  • 024 Chapter 20
    Duration: 01h08min
  • 025 Chapter 21
    Duration: 37min
  • 026 Chapter 22
    Duration: 10min
  • 027 Chapter 23
    Duration: 34min
  • 028 Chapter 24
    Duration: 12min
  • 029 Chapter 25
    Duration: 14min
  • 030 Chapter 26
    Duration: 56min
  • 031 Chapter 27
    Duration: 27min
  • 032 Chapter 28
    Duration: 32min
  • 033 Chapter 29
    Duration: 18min
  • 034 Epilogues
    Duration: 07min
  • 035 Credits
    Duration: 55s