The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, a Widow's New Life

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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 and Stephanie found themselves in the...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780452298576
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 480,706
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Mack is the widow of Mark Madoff, who she married in 2004. In December 2008, her father-in-law, Bernard Madoff, was arrested for operating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. She worked previously at George Magazine and for the fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez and since 2009 has been pursuing a master's degree in Child Life.
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Table of Contents

1 The Last Day of Normal 1

2 Big Fish 21

3 Becoming a Madoff 47

4 Optical Illusions 75

5 The Book of Ruth 103

6 Riptide 125

7 December 2010 159

8 No More Lies 181

9 Our Own Good-bye 203

10 Wish Flowers 231

Epilogue 237

Acknowledgments 251

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    I was an absolute awe of this book! It's a terrible tragedy, but

    I was an absolute awe of this book! It's a terrible tragedy, but so beautifully written. I couldn't put this book down. I hope Stephanie writes more in the future.

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