About the Author
Janet Garber received an M.A. in English from the University of Rochester. A freelance journalist and a former Chief HR Officer, she’s published fiction, poetry, articles, essays, book and movie reviews, a non-fiction book, I Need a Job, Now What?, and an award-winning satiric novel, Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager.
She lives in the Hudson Valley with husband #2 (a keeper!) and two emotionally challenged cats. She welcomes visitors to http://www.janetgarber.com.
How the story came about?
I marvel at the lengths we women will go to hold on to our looks. This quest supersedes so many other quests we could embark on–like writing books, for example. My protagonist is in a desperate situation: her husband has taken off with a younger woman leaving her to care for her three babies (triplets). Looks are very important on her job so while she’s worried about the effects of using the ointment, she doesn’t feel she has many choices open to her. She spots danger warnings all around her but decides to gamble on the treatment working for her.
I bend down to pick up a test tube from the floor. Amy, my cube mate, or someone else must have dropped it on their way out. I clutch it tightly in my hands. The other woman in the waiting room doesn’t appear to notice. I am still divided about which path to follow. “Are you seeing any results?” I ask her. The picture she presents to me is that of a frumpy, lumpy, washed out, freckled mess. What had she looked like before the treatment?
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