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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Among the Super Rich, December 5, 2009
This review is from: The Privileges: A Novel (Hardcover)
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This book was conceived before the economy crashed and burned, I believe. However, it is entirely believable, as it involves a certain class of people, of the greed-is-good school of thought. The writing is good. The story opens with the Great American 5-figure wedding circa maybe 1990, between Cynthia and Adam. If you have ever attended one of these or watched We Go Bridal night on the WE channel, you'll easily identify. While there are some family conflicts, both families fade into the background as the couple move to New York, have two children, and Adam starts making real money on Wall Street. Adam begins taking on more risk and eventually sets up an insider trading ring, stashing millions in offshore locations and presumably paying no taxes on it. He's obviously risking going to prison, and keeps everything from his family. When he gets locked into an impossible situation and loses his job, he confesses to Cynthia. One of Adam's partners accuses him of having no conscience, and it often seems like neither he nor his wife has any. Meanwhile, their daughter April is making a mess of her life and comes close to a real tragedy. Does this family learn anything? Only the ending will tell.
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