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Flipping Paperback – May 15, 2012

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Flipping by Mary Ellenton is the scandalous storyof young mortgage broker, Fay Famaghetti, as she becomes an unstoppablereal-estate agent by capitalizing on needy individuals. Lured by money, Faysteps into the sub-prime lending culture moments before the real estate bubblebursts, and in doing so, she makes a lot of money at the misfortune of others,loses her husband in the process due to an steamy affair with a co-worker, andputs her fate (and freedom) at risk. She faces ethical and moral dilemmas leftand right and we watch first hand as they impact her life. Was it worth it?You will have to read to find out. As many Americans know by now, anything dealing with the “housing crisis” orthe “financial crisis” is no joke. We all know someone greatly impacted andhave curiously thought about those selfish individuals behind the catastrophe.In Flipping, we meet Fay and watch as she (and her co-workers)cleverly try to beat the system. At first, I was appalled by Fay and herbehavior, whether it be because of her role in the housing crisis or because ofher outrageous affair, I’m not sure … but I was quite surprised as I watchedher actively attempt to change her life and get out before things got even moreout of hand. Overall, Ellenton provides very realistic details about thecreative financial “loopholes” and about the lending market. And oddly, does sowith a woman at the helm (instead of the stereotypical older male). I was quitesurprised that I enjoyed this book so much. — Chick Lit Review

“The term ‘financial crisis’ can conjure manymental images — from a foreclosure sign to a job fair to a Bernie Madoff-typecrook being led away in handcuffs for committing who-knows-what kind of scam —and in Mary A. Ellenton’s debut novel, ‘Flipping,’ readers will find a mostunexpected financial criminal: a woman.” – Cristina Merrill, The International Business Times

“In her debut novel Flipping, MaryA. Ellenton manages to make the mortgage industry seem as sexy as it doesscandalous. An alluring fictional depiction of how the real estate bubble grewas big as it did before finally imploding, Ellenton deftly weaves realisticdetails of the industry into the narrative making the reader nearly complicitin Fay’s rise and fall.” - Nathalie Hardy, columnist and editor of Nathalie’s Notes

“’Flipping’ by Mary A. Ellentonfollows young mortgage broker Faye Famaghetti as she becomes a red hotreal-estate agent by capitalizing on the pre-2008 financial crisis housingboom, tears apart her family life as she cheats on her husband Genaro whileinvolved with a seedy real-estate ex-broker who’s her mentor/lover. While youcan see where this is going, Faye isn’t the lovey-dovey naïve character whichhas been over-played by other novels of similar nature, but instead, she is astrong female character who actively tries to change her life and then pays theprice. If you like complex characters and three-dimensional plots, this bookwill surprise you.” -Alla Salatnovich, Celebrity Books Reviewer

Wow! WhenI first read the synopsis for this book, I thought it would be a light, fluffychick-lit book. I was so wrong and I'm so glad! Flipping journey's a fewyears in the life of Fay Famaghetti. She is tired of the restaurantbusiness so she leaps at the opportunity to become a real estate broker. Remember back in before the recession when housing was booming? That's whereFay decides she is gonna get rich quick and damn anything in her way, includingher husband. She begins a fling with her mentor, who already has agirlfriend. When the blocks start to tumble down around her head, Fay hasto pay the price for her selfishness and greed. But will the cost be toohigh? Ellenton's Fay is realistic and modern - easy to vision and relate able. I'm sure most of us have met a "Fay" at some point in ourlives. I was really intrigued with the real estate world, the way thatEllenton wrote it. Normally, it isn't something that would hold myattention, but I understand so much more now and am thankful for it. Thestory is a little long, but the writing is strong and seamless. If you'relooking for a new beach read this summer, pick up Flipping! — Mindingspot --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary A. Ellenton returned her focus to a lifelong passion for writing after motherhood and a successful career in her own fitness business. FLIPPING is her debut novel. Mary is a native New Yorker and resides on Long Island with her husband and their dog, a Boxer named Brunell. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: mary a. ellenton productions (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983906599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983906599
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,396,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen King on May 17, 2012
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Kept my interest and attention right from the beginning!The premise was clearly shown and the family references wre right on the money.The sexual content was subtly shown but not overpowering and definitely fit right in with the theme of the book.Showed the seemy side of the business.Have asked friends of mine who are and were in the business for their thoughts and they agreed with the book totally.a must read!!!!For her first venture into writing...I can only hope it isn't her last!!!!!!!!
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Wow! When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought it would be a light, fluffy chick-lit book. I was so wrong and I'm so glad! Flipping journey's a few years in the life of Fay Famaghetti. She is tired of the restaurant business so she leaps at the opportunity to become a real estate broker. Remember back in before the recession when housing was booming? That's where Fay decides she is gonna get rich quick and damn anything in her way, including her husband. She begins a fling with her mentor, who already has a girlfriend. When the blocks start to tumble down around her head, Fay has to pay the price for her selfishness and greed. But will the cost be too high?

Ellenton's Fay is realistic and modern - easy to vision and relate able. I'm sure most of us have met a "Fay" at some point in our lives. I was really intrigued with the real estate world, the way that Ellenton wrote it. Normally, it isn't something that would hold my attention, but I understand so much more now and am thankful for it. The story is a little long, but the writing is strong and seamless. If you're looking for a new beach read this summer, pick up Flipping!
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This book was hyped as a good follow-up for the 50 Shades trilogy, but it paled in comparison! There were several grammatical errors (i.e, "your" for "you're" as an example), the story ended kind of abruptly, was a bit sleazy. Just disappointing.
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This book was recommended to me by a member of my family. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and felt like I was "in the mix" of every page! I have a Kindle and read a lot and I have to feel the connection within the first few pages or I lose interest and this one certainly held my interest from beginning to end. I want the author to write a sequel so I can know what happens to Fay, Richie and the Famaghetti family!

Peggy Smith
Lafayette, LA
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In her debut novel Flipping, Mary A. Ellenton manages to make the mortgage industry seem as sexy as it does scandalous. Fay Famaghetti knows she's ready for something more exciting than working in her family's Italian restaurant but the opportunities that come her way after moving from her hometown in Brooklyn to Long Island, New York might be more than she had in mind.
Except that impending disaster is difficult to see coming, especially when you're enjoying yourself. Like many real-life Americans who suffered personally at the hands of those overcome by greed and corruption, Fay finds herself initially enthralled and eventually seduced by a life far beyond her values.
Flipping is an alluring fictional depiction of how the real estate bubble grew as big as it did before finally imploding a few years ago. Ellenton deftly weaves realistic details of the industry into the narrative making the reader nearly complicit in Fay's rise and fall on the roller coaster of real estate in recent years.
As Fay juggles her career ambitions and new interests with her troubled marriage, doting son and difficult family she learns that home doesn't come with price tag and is about much more than where you came from.
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I know someone who bought a property sight unseen thinking she could "flip it"! I enjoyed reading FLIPPING; A novel, while I was on a cruise and the look it gave me into the real estate business before the crash, and how some people got greedy and in trouble. I found myself wanting to find out how the characters were going to dig themselves out of the mess they got into. Thrown into the mix was infidelity and an "old world" Italian family, and it made for a fun read. The main character, Faye Famaghetti, could be a real person who got caught up in the buying frenzy of the mid 2000s.
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This book held my attention from the begining until the last page. I liked this story so much because it was realistic and had something real to say about a female trying to make money and do everyting right, besides. It explained the foreclosure crisis in a way I could actually understand and I felt like I knew a lot of the characters because they were written so well.Credit to Mary Ellenton for dreaming up Fay Famaghetti.
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