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The Widow of Wall Street: A Novel Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"When Phoebe and Jake Pierce meet as teenagers, she knows he’s someone on the way up, and she wants to be there as he climbs the Wall Street ladder. He gets everything he ever wanted. When it turns out that Jake’s success rests on a huge Ponzi scheme, Phoebe has to make an excruciating choice."
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"Randy Susan Meyers borrowed a real-life story for the building blocks of her fourth novel, “The Widow of Wall Street,” which chronicles a couple’s marriage as they amass great wealth and then lose it all when the husband is revealed to have committed financial fraud . . . . heartbreaking."
(The Boston Globe)
“Randy Susan Meyers' new novel explores the consequence of deception within a marriage driven by ambition and greed. The Widow of Wall Street is full of robust characters, scandal, and heartbreak. A riveting and engrossing read that I finished in one greedy gulp.”
(Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Lost Wife)
"A ripped-from-the-headlines story about love, ambition, and forgiveness." (PopSugar)
“An engaging and sharp reflection of the rapid changes in marital dynamics over the course of the 20th century, as well as a cautionary tale about the dangers and allure of ambition in the heyday of Wall Street.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Compelling. This is a great read . . . An engrossing emotional journey.”
"Phoebe falls for Jake Pierce hard when they're still just teenagers: She seems to know even before he does that he'll go on to conquer a financial empire and rule the Wall Street scene. But the dirty secret behind Jake's success will eventually become the downfall of this couples' glittering life together. Think of The Widow of Wall Street as The Wolf of Wall Street — except told from the side of the wife, more scintillating, and a testament to the power of a woman's ability to survive it all — it's a must-read that will dazzle and repel you, in equal measure."
“An intoxicating look into the heartbreak and deceit that exist behind the curtain of a shattered family…Meyers is a skilled writer, giving depth and painting a vivid picture from start to finish. Her writing draws readers into the book as if they lived it.” (RT Book Reviews)
About the Author
Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and The Widow of Wall Street. Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.
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Meyers definitely did use Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme as the backdrop for the vast wealth and ultimate despair. The offices were similar to the Madoff offices and Jake's obsession with watches and things were a definite match. Meyers gave us this type of mania and criminality and placed it in a similar but different family. There were enough differences with the Madoff children and Pierce children to reflect on their pain and suffering. It's quite a story, and we know it is based on a real man who robbed people of their life savings and self-respect. Meyers was smart enough to emphasize that many investors made quite a bit of money and they should have been much smarter to realize that investments are not level, they go up and they go down. Some of the fault rests with the clients.
When a relationship and marriage is based on a lie to begin with, maybe it cannot be real.
There were time I found Phoebe irritating. OK...at the beginning it was some time in the past when women were supposed to let their husbands handle everything, but as the story unfolded, I wondered why she didn't ask more questions and insist on answers.
To me it felt a bit phony that she would say that they didn't need more "things" - houses, car services, fancy offices, etc. - but she enjoyed them! And after the chickens come home to roost, it is revealed that Jake put everything in her name for tax purposes. Wouldn't she have had some idea of what she was signing.
She's smart and college-educated and even started a cupcake business at the non-profit where she works. That part of the story was very interesting to me. It was very real what she went through when the investments failed and the cupcake venture (not to mention a lot of the immigrant women) lost all that was invested.
So, I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either.
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Phoebe was practically a widow when she married Jake, the man she had been attached to since the tender age of...Read more