The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life [NOOK Book]

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A New York Times bestseller, the explosive and heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and the daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff

When the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke, no one was more shocked than the members of his own family. Before then, Madoff’s son, Mark, and daughter- in-law, Stephanie, had built an idyllic life. Yet, while Mark’s thriving business was entirely separate from his father’s now notorious fund, he...
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The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

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Overview


A New York Times bestseller, the explosive and heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and the daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff

When the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke, no one was more shocked than the members of his own family. Before then, Madoff’s son, Mark, and daughter- in-law, Stephanie, had built an idyllic life. Yet, while Mark’s thriving business was entirely separate from his father’s now notorious fund, he and Stephanie found themselves in the eye of the storm—and grappling with their own sense of betrayal. Mark refused to see or speak to his parents, and on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest, he hanged himself.

Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie tells the real story of her marriage to Mark, of being a part of the Madoff family, and of life for two years following her father-in-law’s arrest and incarceration. The End of Normal is a searing inside look at one of the most controversial stories of our time, and an extraordinary memoir of surviving personal tragedy amid public scandal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101559222
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 134,353
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Brilliant

    This book was so personal and told in such a touching way from a wife, mother, daughter-in-law and unfortunately, young widow. I found every word she wrote to be believable and told out of a great love for her husband.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Tragic, raw, and heart wrenching story of a couple...then widow's fight against the Scarlett Letter their family carries because of the evil of one man's horrific actions

    This is truly a story of love, heart-break, and tragedy. Stephanie shares her experience with a rawness and authenticity rarely found in non-fiction. I highly recommend. It is riveting. You feel in the moment as you read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Must Read

    Refreshing truth in a bed of lies. A love story and tragedy an hope all in one.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

    I Highly Recommend It

    This book was both very easy and very difficult to read. The writing style made it a quick, easy read. However, the content was heavy, personal, believable, and sad. I commend her for writing it. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Riveting!

    Such a well told & even handed book. It didn't seem sensationalized in any way. You felt every one of her emotions from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down...finished it in a day.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Undecided with 120 pages to go....

    Okay so I never write reviews, but this book has me prompted me to do so. I purchased the book for Nook immediately after watching the interview on ABC. I have yet to finish the book, but some things about it just really bother me. First of all, although I appreciate the honesty for her feelings pertaining to the ex-wife...she comes across at times as just plain bratty and selfish. Then I reached the whole letter from Bernie incident and was prepared to be appalled just like when she recounted it during the interview. Well, the full letter is not included in the book but it is available online and while I do not in any way condone what Bernie did, the full letter does seem to convey a sense of regret over what he has put the family through and he also expressed a deep love for his sons, in the interview she stated that the letter made her sick to her stomach and she doesn't think she even showed it to Mark. I just believe if the full story is what she would like to tell, then the full letter should have been included. Maybe it is farther into the book...I so wanted to like her and while I do feel deep compassion for what she has gone through in losing her husband. I am unable so far to feel too badly for someone who seems to be, for all intents and purposes still living a fairly privileged life.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Totally honest

    Very good story line. Glad to find out the truth instead of listening to the media. Read the book in 24 hours.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I'm glad she wrote this.

    If you've been following this saga then you will find this perspective touching.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Riveting

    I was facinated by this story. I read the book in 24 hours. Knowing as I read that this was all a true story in the eyes of this mother, wife, daughter, and widow astounds me

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Loved

    I really loved this book.....such an amazing woman

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Great read, touching story. finished it in a few hours

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Could not put it down...

    This book was well-written and felt honest. I applaud the author for being forthcoming and opting to tell a side of the Madoff tragedy that has been repeatedly downplayed in the media circus. This book was hard to put down. Hopefully, it will remind people of the other true losses that Bernie caused - the ones that do not begin with a dollar sign. Even though the financial losses were horrific, the toll on innocent people was much worse.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Very honest

    This book gives a different insight into the devastation that media and public perception can bring. It was a courageous step to share these events and hopefully it will remind people that things arent always how they seem.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Well Told, Heartfelt

    This well laid out and not tabloid fodder of pretend reality. It's about relationships, tragedy, and putting the pieces back together. It's not how the ponzi scheme worked or why Bernie Madoff did what he did. I believe anyone who has had a tragedy happen in their lives will relate to this book. It is sooo not about the money; it is life's tragic turns that leave you reeling and totally unprepared for the ricochete.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    The End Of Normai

    I read this book with trepidation. It tells the story of a man with no conscience who had everyone fooled for a very long time. I have doubts that Mrs. Madoff wasn't aware of goimngs on but I believe the assertion that Mark & Andy were not aware. If you want to get the basic info on this story I recommend you read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Wonderfully Written

    I thoroughly loved this book. Yes, it was sad but I really felt like I was listening to a best friend while reading this. The book is very well written and gives the reader a detailed look into the Madoff's privileged life. Stephanie's portrayal of Ruth and Bernie Madoff is so eerie and I felt sick when she described how unemotional and remorseless they both were prior, during, and after the scandal broke.

    Very tragic story but I think she did a beautiful job of writing a book that her children can be proud of after all they have been through.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    I couldn't help but cry when I read this book. God bless them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Bittersweet

    Loved her story even though it had a painful ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Loved it! - A must read

    A compelling and heartbreaking story. Couldn't put the book down. I admire her strenght and her eagerness to move forward for her own and her children's sake. I wish her the best and I hope she can find happiness again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Fascinating

    A story of how often in life, things are not exactly as they appear. I am impressed by this woman for surviving so much, maintaining her voice and sharing her painful truth with readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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