I'm not inclined to recommend fiction much. I'm recommending [i]Then We Came To The End[/i], by Joshua Ferris, because there is some discussion in the forums about layoffs, sparked in part by the "Immunizations" podcast.
The book is set in a marketing firm, and covers the decline and shrinkage of a midsize company down to nothing. Most of the story is told first person plural. Not the royal we, but the personal we.
The story opens with "Tom's Final Hour," includes a director battling breast cancer, a divorce, lawsuits, loves and hates, and a whole series of layoffs playing out in different ways. A few handle the layoffs well, most handle it very badly. As somebody who has been through the collapse of a company and who has barely avoided layoffs, every story rang true to me.
It's a good read, though not a great one. It's not history, but it's not wrong, either.