Good-bye To All That

A Novel

Good-bye To All That

When her Hollywood career goes haywire, a young woman must say good-bye to all that . . . or must she?

Raquel Azorian has worked her way from temp to executive assistant and is this close to a promotion to junior marketing exec at Belmore Corporation, the media behemoth she’s devoted herself to. She’s learned to play the Hollywood game—navigate office politics, schmooze the right people, avoid the wrong ones, and maintain a sense of decorum even in the craziest of times. All she needs is for her boss to sign her promotion memo. Instead of putting pen to paper, he suffers a very public meltdown that puts not only his professional future but also Raquel’s on the line.

Getting to the next rung on the Belmore ladder will require every ounce of focus, but that’s not going to be easy. Raquel’s mom has decided to leave her husband and move into Raquel’s apartment, and her older brother seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into depression. Raquel has to keep her job, stop her parents from divorcing, and save her brother. In the chaos of juggling so much, she finally reaches a breaking point: there’s just not enough time for everything or for everyone. She’s going to have to choose—success at work or happiness at home. But then a chance encounter at a bookstore café leads Raquel to start planning her own Hollywood ending . . . on her own terms.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416571353 | 
  • July 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Good-bye to All That includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Margo Candela. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Raquel Azorian has finally found her niche: the habitual temp worker is just days away from a promotion to junior executive at the prestigious Belmore Corporation. However, right before her big break, her boss suffers a terrible meltdown that precipitates a chain reaction of rotten luck for Raquel. Her sister-in-law, Cricket, won’t stop calling; her brother is showing hints of unfaithfulness in his marriage; and her mother and father separate, leading Mrs. Azorian to spend her days boozing on Raquel’s couch and eating Raquel’s food.

Two men seem poised to change all this. Raquel begins sleeping with Belmore vice president Kyle Martin and discovers marketable hunk Rory from the little-known film Fire House Hero. Raquel hopes that her relationship with Kyle and the unearthing of Rory will put her back on the fast track to corporate stardom. Will this finally be her big break, or will Belmore prove to be just another paragraph on her professional and personal résumé? see more

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Margo Candela has made a name for herself with her debut novel, Underneath It All, followed by Life Over Easy. Margo was born and raised in East LA and studied journalism in San Francisco. She lives in Culver City, California. Visit her at