These buzzy 2021 books all brought drama to the office

EDITED BY Seija Rankin

A crop of favorite titles used the workplace as the setting for juicy — and often harrowing — plot twists.


Black Buck 

A barista is promoted from a ground-floor Starbucks to a high-stakes (and high-floor) sales team in this dark comedy. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  BY Mateo Askaripour 

Who Is Maud Dixon? 

Little, Brown and Company

  BY Alexandra Andrews 

A famous author's assistant will stop at nothing — quite literally — for a taste of her boss' literary success. 

The Other Black Girl 

Something really is in the water at Wagner Books, where workplace privilege and microaggressions are only the beginning of the story. 

Atria Books

  BY zakiya dalila harris 

While Justice Sleeps 

Avery Keene, just a law clerk trying to get by, learns that her boss has slipped into a coma — and left her clues to a deadly conspiracy. 


by Stacey Abrams

Imposter Syndrome 

A low-level Silicon Valley staffer discovers a security blip that hints at her COO's link to Russian intelligence. 

William Morrow

by Kathy Wang

Edge Case 

The only thing scarier than being the sole female employee of a tech startup is coming home to the news that your husband has left you. 


by YZ Chin

The Scapegoat 

At a prestigious university, a lonely professor slowly spirals, and alienates his colleagues, over the death of his estranged father.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

by Sara Davis

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