When the Getting Was Goodby Susan G. Bell
The lone woman trader at a prestigious New York bank, Kate Munro completes an eye-popping trade that captures the attention of Wall Street. But her euphoria fades when she hears that Morehead Woodson, the most powerful trader in the bond business, has been on the losing side of the transaction. Kate worries about retribution from Woodson, a man notoriously unforgiving of slights. Then comes the stunning announcement that he is about to become her boss.
Woodson's bullying style ruins the collegial environment in which Kate has thrived. To make matters worse, she learns from an inside source that his trading practices are under investigation by the Federal Reserve-and that she has been implicated. Now she must fight to clear her name and save her job. How far will Kate go to keep her Wall Street career alive?
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Although I usually only read non fiction dealing with modern European and American history, Susan G. Bell's well-written novel "When the Getting Was Good" was a pleasant surprise! I read the first five chapters on a Friday night and could not put the book down until I had finished reading it on Saturday. In particular, I was impressed with how skillfully the author depicted the negative aspects of corporate life, especially the issue of sexism at the office.
I loved every minute of this book. The characters were extremely well developed and the story just grabbed me. It's light hearted at times, poignant in moments with a herione that everyone can relate to!
This is a terrific novel, with interesting and well drawn characters and a plot with numerous twists. Serious topics are presented in a thoroughly engaging and entertaining way. Bell clarifies the intricacies of Wall Street trading, but never "over-instructs" or preaches. A must read for anyone who has present day concerns about Wall Street practices, corporate greed, or sexism in the workplace. Highly recommended.