Set amid the world’s international airports and glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) hotels, the bestselling author of “The Copenhagen Affair, brings you story about what it really means for professional (but still human!) women to tackle the corporate world, scale the leadership ladder, and lean in to the lives they’ve always wanted, and truly deserve.

”Up in the Air” meets “9 to 5” for today’s Pantsuit Nation.

Asmi knows that CPH (Copenhagen, Denmark) is the best airport to shop for clothes, and ATH (Athens, Greece) the best for shoes. The best Zara store is in BCN (Barcelona, Spain). The best airport to buy whiskey at is ARN (Stockholm, Sweden). When stopping at CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris), you must have a long layover because of those damn funiculars; and never forget that the international terminal in ORD (Chicago) has no food after ten in the evening. Airplanes, airports, and hotel lobby bars make Asmi feel just as much at home as her apartment in Laguna Beach does.

A marketing director in a biotech company, Asmi rose through the corporate ranks and never really took the time to think about couple-hood. She has good friends, a terrific sister who lives close by, and a married on-again, off-again lover in Paris she sees while she travels around the world for work.

But as Asmi reaches the big 4-0 and contemplates making some life choices; her boss announces he is retiring, and she is suddenly thrown into a corporate Hunger Games against her nemesis Scott Beauregard III to win a promotion.

Worried that her inability to commit to a real relationship with a man is a personality flaw and afraid that she’s unqualified for the job she desperately wants, Asmi must learn to lean in to have the career and life she wants and deserves, without worrying about what society expects from her.


The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is inspirational and compelling in its depiction of the struggles women face in the Lean In culture. An intelligent and witty read from a powerful voice. Brava to the author for tackling this important issue with sharp wit all while asking the important questions.

Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today bestselling author of This Is Not How It Ends

"Amulya Malladi has tapped into a slice of life that many women who have battled their way to the top in the corporate arena, juggling family and societal expectations along the way, will find absolutely relatable. A witty, insightful and extremely entertaining read about the challenges of life in the fast lane, in heels."

Alison Ragsdale, bestselling author of Finding Heather

"Every woman will be able to relate to the trials and tribulations that Asmi endures in the workplace as she struggles to climb the corporate ladder in this smart, witty novel. A true gem of a book."

Deanna Lynn Sletten, author of Maggie's Turn