‘Whisper Network’ Tackles #MeToo With Humor, And Simply Good Writing

The new novel by Austin author Chandler Baker is set in Dallas, and follows four women figuring out how to deal with their new boss’ sexist and misogynist behavior. 

By Joy DiazJuly 8, 2019 1:21 pm,

“Whisper Network”, a new novel by Austin author Chandler Baker, tries to encapsulate the frustration and patience it takes to be a woman in corporate America. Set in Dallas, it follows four women as they figure out how to deal with their new boss and his sexist, misogynist behavior. 

Clay Smith is former editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews; now he’s the literary director of the San Antonio Book Festival. Kirkus Reviews called Baker’s novel “viciously funny and compulsively readable.”

“[Baker’s] sort of using #MeToo and women’s political anger, and really investing in that,” Smith says. “And you get this feeling of women being so frustrated with the men in their lives.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Why this book is different from similar stories about workplace sexual harassment

– Why this story is a positive addition to the dialogue surrounding the #MeToo movement 

– How privilege and power play into the complicated social dynamics central to the #MeToo movement 


Written by Marina Marquez.