Das kunstseidene Mädchen: Roman - Irmgard Keun

Most, most excellent. I really felt for the determined, observant, and trapped protagonist Doris. With very little education, she finds herself on the wrong side of an impermeable social barrier; people with power consider her insignificant, and although she can use sex to make men notice her a little, they still mostly disregard her. Her cutting observations of a society deeply divided, stressed by unemployment and corruption, are memorable, and her character notes too.