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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061765260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061765261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this salacious, delightful tale of New York movers and shakers, Boncompagni (Gilding Lily) animates her rich, glamorous, scandalous creatures with a keen eye and irresistible energy. Newly ensconced in her life as the wife of a New York hedge fund derivatives trader, Marcy Emerson is as unimpressed with her neighbors' materialism and gossiping as she is cowed by the seeming perfection of her new female acquaintances. Nevertheless, she establishes close friendships with fellow hedge fund wives Jill and Gigi as she becomes increasingly aware of her husband's growing preoccupation with money and appearances—especially when she accepts a job in Gigi's catering business. When Marcy faces incontrovertible evidence of how far John's loyal good nature has been stretched, she realizes that for the sake of her own life she must re-evaluate her priorities. Readers fascinated by Upper East Side life will be mesmerized by Boncompagni's sparkling depiction and may have to fight the temptation to read it all in one sitting. (May)
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When Marcy Emerson’s husband, John, is recruited for a new job on Wall Street, they pack up their home in Chicago and move to New York City. He doesn’t want her to work, so she spends her days among the city’s hedge-fund wives. These women are snobby, privileged, and stinking rich, and Marcy doesn’t fit in. John wants her to play nice, though, so she mingles. Marcy wants more than just gobs of cash and designer clothes—a job, a baby, more time with her husband; but John is progressively becoming more distant. He blames his work, but Marcy suspects something else. Is her husband straying with another hedge-fund wife, or is Marcy falling prey to the sneaky, backstabbing behaviors she’s surrounded by every day? It’s hard to feel sympathy for someone dropping $25,000 at Bergdorf Goodman, especially now at a time of financial catastrophe; but Marcy is a strong character who rises above the crowd in Boncompagni’s glitzy and gossipy second novel. --Hilary Hatton

More About the Author

Tatiana Boncompagni is a New York-based author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Town & Country, Marie Claire, InStyle and Vogue.

She is the author of three novels-- Gilding Lily, Hedge Fund Wives, and Social Death: A Clyde Shaw Mystery.

Tatiana was born in South Dakota and grew up in Tennessee and Minnesota, where she spent most of her time either on a bike or playing in the woods, letting her imagination run wild. She is married, has three young children and splits her time between Manhattan and a farm in the Hudson Valley, where her children and imagination are (mostly) allowed to roam free.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary Burnham on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
How can a writer who has submitted work to the NYT, WSJ and FT cite Larry Ellison as the founder of Apple? Hedge Fund Wives was obviously written very quickly and the result is an uninformed, uninteresting read. I don't think the author really understands the lives of those she tries to portray, making the story extremely shallow and unenlightening. Her heroine belongs in AA, but we are supposed to think it's cool that she drinks so much alcohol and takes off her panties in public....twice. Yeah, I really believe she could start a successful investment firm and attract the most eligible bachelor in town. Right. Save yourself a couple of hours and skip this one. Feels like a lot was ripped off from other chick lit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on September 2, 2009
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This book was so terrible I stopped reading it. And for someone who is obsessed with finishing most everything she starts, that is saying something. First, I could not get over the typos and grammatical errors. It is obvious that this writer and her editor both need to go back to school and shame on whoever hired them. These problems were so disturbing that they significantly interfered with my reading, every time you see such an error, it stops you short and, frankly, makes you think the writer is an idiot (really, what author uses "sites" instead of "cites"?!). However, I would have looked past that if I had cared one bit about the main character. Was she supposed to be likeable? or relatable? Because after she got drunk and stripped at a dinner party not just once, but twice, I was done. Were we supposed to find this either cute or normal? Because it isn't. I like chick lit but this book does the genre a great disservice.

The main reason I wrote this review was in hopes that the publishers read them and will make sure that next time, they hire someone who can write and someone who can edit and give us a halfway decent product for our money.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Grattan VINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
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Is it really a surprise that the ultra-rich wives of hedge-fund executives located in NYC have attained levels of arrogance, self-centeredness, haughtiness, and maliciousness unseen in normal people? For the wives, there are a few pretenses at being sociable, but the men are totally consumed with financial dealings with ruthlessness and indifference, including towards wives and families, being their most salient personality characteristics. This entire way of life is so ingrained that even major financial losses scarcely evoke the re-examination of lives and thinking that would be expected.

This is the world that Marcy Emerson has been sucked into when her husband John takes a key position with a hedge-fund. Though being an outsider at first and making a few social blunders, this wholesome mid-Western girl is quickly taken by designer clothes and furniture, fancy restaurants, expensive art, and the like. It's funny/sad to see John and Marcy undertake a hurried and pricey makeover of their apartment towards ecologically oriented furnishings all in the name of establishing a unique "identity."

The social world of financial elites, as depicted in this book, is simply too exaggerated to be credible. It is a world of an endless series of events and gatherings that are only opportunities for displays of one-upmanship. People are no more than mere objects to be used, whether it is in the world of finance or in marital shenanigans. Marcy is a bit of a sympathetic character with a few redeeming qualities. She gains legitimacy with the reader when she corrects a wife over the use of "ubiquitous" versus "oblivious" though the other woman scarcely cares. However, her establishment of a wildly successful hedge-fund after a failed marriage in the face of a broad financial collapse keeps the book on its fanciful path.

Basically, the book is not a plausible look at a segment of society that most can only imagine. Little help here in gaining any understanding.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fezabel on May 26, 2009
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I enjoyed the idea behind this book and the story isn't bad. It's fun for a vacation or weekend read. But I found far too many typos & grammar mistakes for it to be a truly enjoyable book. It was more like reading an ARC version of the book rather than the finished product.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carin NY on May 27, 2009
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The best thing about this book is the title and the cover. The rest is false advertising. This book is not, as it claims to be, the tale of what happens to well-heeled Hedge Fund Wives when their husbands' businesses go belly-up. While the sinking stock market and folding hedge funds are alluded to as background, there's not a single moment where any of our characters has to do without or live in an apartment worth less than five million dollars. In fact, I wonder if the allusions to the floundering economy were added as a quick afterthought to make the book more relevant to today's times. There's a character, Gigi, who writes a high end cookbook whose book tanks because it's not relevant to today's economic hardships so she adds a chapter or two about entertaining on a budget. I wonder if Boncampagni was asked to do the same thing in Hedge Fund Wives because, really, her book is about rich women whose husbands cheat on them or are too busy working to pay attention to them.

Another major weakness of Hedge Fund Wives is the writing style. Each character is introduced with a long, Architectural Digest-like description of her home's decor as if that defines them as a character. In fact, the main character's husband, even describes himself that way - saying Eco-Friendly decor is what differentiates him from his friends and colleagues. The worst aspect of the writing is that the last few chapters feel more like a rough treatment/overview where key plot points are either glossed over or reported on after the fact. [...] I wonder if the author was behind schedule and had to take shortcuts to make her deadline, or was she simply being lazy? Or maybe it was bad editing. There are a number of egregious spelling errors, i.e. "calibur" or "personal affects.
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