“Baker is wildly talented and this debut is her gorgeous opening note.” —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, bestselling author of The Nest
A captivating novel about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.
The women of Greenwich, Connecticut, have never thought to question the wealth or the security of their community. But at the onset of a great national recession, they find themselves forced to reckon, for the first time, with the fragility of their sheltered lives. The investment bank Weiss & Partners has shuttered, and in the wake of CEO Bob D’Amico’s downfall, five women in his life scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves what—if anything—is worth saving.
In the aftermath of this collapse, Bob’s teenage daughter, Madison, begins to probe her father’s heretofore secret world for information. Four other women close to Madison—her mother, Isabel; her best friend, Amanda; her nanny, Lily; and family friend Mina—begin to question their own shifting roles in their insular, moneyed world. For the adults, this means learning how to protect their own in a community that has turned against them. For the younger generation, it means heightened rebellion and heartache during the already volatile teenage years. And for Lily, it means deciding where her loyalties lie when it comes to the family in which she is both an essential member and, ultimately, an outsider. All these women have witnessed more than they’ve disclosed, all harbor secret insecurities and fears, and all must ask themselves: where is the line between willful ignorance and unspoken complicity?
With astonishing precision, insight, and grace, Angelica Baker weaves a timeless social novel about the rituals of intimacy and community; of privilege and information; of family and risk; of etiquette and taboo.
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About the Author
Angelica Baker was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She now lives in Brooklyn.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A dark look into a family's destruction. Well written. ~*~LEB~*~
A senstiive look at what happens to a family at the center of a scandal, this story is told from multiple viewpoints and focuses on the women surrounding a Lehman-Brothers-like bank failure. The writing is elegant, and the story is gripping and heartbreaking.
A captivating look at how the premier family in Greenwich, Connecticut, deals with the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. Their status changes almost overnight, and we view the wreckage of their particular American dream through the eyes of the women in scion Bob D'Amico's life. When Bob becomes the face of the financial scandal, his 15-year-old daughter, Madison, deals with her family becoming the subject of gossip. She must reexamine who she can trust and who she is if the father she has adored all her life is a failure and possibly a criminal. She gets little help from her mother, Isabel, or her former best friend, Amanda. Her long-time nanny, Lily, has to decide where her loyalties lie. And Isabel's best friend, Mina, tries to support the family without becoming tainted by their shame and notoriety. They all must answer the question of what they have to hold on to when the world as they knew it shatters.
This is not a good book. Shallow characters that, by the end, I really didn't care about. There is too much repetition and not enough plot development.