Maya Williams is an ambitious, hardworking, New York businesswoman, stymied on her way up the corporate ladder by sexist, male executives. When sent to the Hawaiian island Kaua’i to speak at a conference, she finds herself having to make a choice that may jeopardize her entire career.
On Kaua’i, Maya experiences the chill island life for the first time, and as she meets the people who open her eyes to different ways of thinking and being, she begins to see life, work, love—and herself—in a whole new light.
When Maya returns to the corporate world, as an executive, can she implement her new philosophies and still succeed? And will her personal and professional metamorphosis ultimately bring her the happiness and freedom she dreams of?
Fly, Butterfly in it’s premise is not the usual type of read for me but I like to occasionally dip into something out of my comfort zone and this was worth a little foray outwards- an uplifting story focused on one woman’s attempts to achieve work life balance whilst still holding onto her moral centre.
Annicken R Day writes with purpose, drawing you into Maya’s story quietly but absorbingly. As she tanks her own career, finds purpose and returns to attempt real change it is gently compelling, offering a lot of human insight.
I was particularly struck by the portions centred around island life – the start of a journey of discovery for Maya – but equally the rhyme and rhythm of corporate affairs was also intriguing and you root for her to achieve something approaching happiness.
Fly Butterfly is a tale of our time- where the fast paced, challenging aspects of day to day work means we lose something of ourselves in the process. This novel allows a certain amount of genuine contemplation and as such is a cleverly absorbing read.