Blinded by the Brass Ring

By (author): Patricia Scarlett

Blinded by the Brass Ring, Patricia Scarlett’s debut novel in the Jewelle Joseph Series, centres on the professional and personal life of stylish and ambitious Jewelle Joseph (JJ to her friends), an Afro-Canadian international television sales and distribution executive who works for TV3, a small TV channel with a big reputation.

Layoff rumours cast a pall over TV3. If the drop in morale wasn?t enough, Jewelle is also dealing with the demands of her job and managing the unbridled antagonism of newcomer Chantal Mercier, a fellow international sales and distribution executive. Jewelle has the perfect opportunity to make her move into senior management through the newly created sales and distribution spin-off company. It will mean a significant salary increase and, equally important, it will allow her to reign in and over her rival, Chantal. But Chantal’s got her eye on the VP of sales position too. The competition between these two ambitious women as they reach for the brass ring moves from the glitzy office towers of downtown Toronto to the glamorous world of the international television market in Cannes.

While navigating the shrapnel from the bitter divorce of her parents?Radcliff, her philandering father, and Adele, her traditional and controlling Jamaican mother who live in Montreal?, Jewelle tries to balance her doubts about her boyfriend Anthony Brown, who Jewelle perceives as lacking in ambition, and the hot and heavy pursuit of her by Johann Eriksson, a dashing and successful Swedish television executive. Her posse’s honesty and support keep her grounded.


“Patricia Scarlett’s Blinded by the Brass Ring is delightful and ingriguing. The book offers readers a glimpse into the intriguing world of travel and film as well as the dramatics in the lives of an Afro-Canadian family, as Jewelle (JJ-to her friends) sashays through life as a well-heeled international television sales and distribution executive who wants more.” Egbert Gaye, The Montreal Community Contact News Paper.

“Patricia Scarlett’s Blinded by the Brass Ring swings smoothly between the worlds of the international television business and Caribbean life in Canada. A stylish, attractive woman, Jewelle Joseph is an international sales executive maneuvering, making deals, and warding off the attacks of a dangerous rival. She is also a roots woman, tuned into her ‘culcha’ and living her Jamaican self with a demanding family, a posse of close friends, and a boyfriend who needs more attention from very busy Miss Jewelle.” Maurie Alioff, Film Critic and Journalist

“Gripping, fresh and unpredictable. Enter into the cutthroat world of television programming where the best villains wear size 0.” Seema Vijay

“A fun and flirtatious insight into the nuanced experience of being an ambitious career-driven woman living a black experience in a white workplace. A familiar conversation that has not been heard yet, brought to life by complex personalities with secrets and insecurities that mirror characters in our own families.” Donisha Prendergast, Writer/Director, Actor, Public Speaker

“In this intriguing story of love, betrayal and office politics, Patricia Scarlett grapples with the nuances of cultural diversity in the late 1990s, personal goals and dreams, and the way in which we tend to allow outside elements and the pressing demands of family to interfere with our own deep and personal desires.” Dr. Marva McClean, Author and Professor


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280 Pages
8.50in * 5.50in * .70in


April 01, 2023


Baraka Books



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