After twelve years on Wall Street, Maureen Sherry—formerly, the youngest Managing Director at Bear Stearns—switched gears to earn her Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University, to write, and to tutor at inner city schools. Walls Within Walls—her first book, a mystery for middle school audiences—has been awarded curriculum prizes by the states of Texas and Connecticut, and she was named one of the Best New Voices by the American Library Association. Maureen is also an active board member of numerous charities. She lives in New York City with her husband and four children.
Opening Belleby Maureen Sherry
Maureen Sherry’s funny insider novel about a female Wall Street executive also trying to be a mother and a wife is a “compulsively readable…cheeky—and at times, romantic—battle-cry for any woman who’s ever strived to have it all and been told by a man that she couldn’t” (Entertainment Weekly).
It’s 2008 and Isabelle, a thirty-something Wall Street executive, appears to have it all: the sprawling Upper West Side apartment; three healthy children; a handsome husband; and a job as managing director at a large investment bank. But her reality is something else. Her work environment resembles a frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare logistics still fall in Belle’s already crowded lap.
Enter Henry, the former college fiancé she never quite got over; now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions, and recruit a wary Belle into a secret “glass ceiling club” whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give—and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her bank statement, and her colleagues’ frat boy behavior.
Optioned by Reese Witherspoon who called it “smart, biting, and honest,” Opening Belle is “funny, relevant, and often shocking….Even if your own life is far from a fairy tale, it will allow you to laugh, learn, and maybe even lean in—to hug your own family a little closer.” (The Washington Post).
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The book starts okay and then goes completely off the rails part way through. Completely disjointed, weird sub-plots, no continuity. A complete mess. I don't normally write reviews, but the editor of this book needs to be fired and the author needs to stick to an outline.
This book is very well written and insightful. I would definitely recommend this book.
"Opening Belle" by Maureen Sherry is a humorous piece about women in business – a story told by woman who worked on Wall Street having chance from own perspective to realize how almost impossible is to juggle private life, love and family with business and ambition. Maureen Sherry who after college went to work on Wall Street, retired as a director more than ten years of hard-working – but she chose to tell her story based on actual events in a bit different way. Though Sherry takes reader on not-boring-for-one-single second journey through the demanding choices in exciting and predatory business world, in same time "Opening Belle" is funny piece full of humor. Therefore, if you want to read book that is in same time exciting, insightful and humorous, Maureen Sherry’s "Opening Belle" certainly would not disappoint, even if you are a man given the book is somehow advertised as written for women only.