A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.
On September 15, 2008, the world of Greenwich, Connecticut, is shaken. When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D'Amico must fend off allegations of malfeasance as well as the judgment and resentment of his community. As panic builds, five women in his life must scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves what - if anything - is worth saving.
In the aftermath of this collapse, Bob D'Amico's teenage daughter, Madison, begins to probe her father's theretofore secret world for information. Four other women in Madison's life - 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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Kicking myself for wasting time.
- Ellen Zelda
A fun story with substance!
Our Little Racket has been one of my favorite audiobooks! The scandal, gossip, and back-stabbing played out by the wealthy elite makes the story so fun, but it is also a unique and thoughtful view of the financial crisis fallout. And I love the compelling portrayal of the relationships among the five women it follows, and how they each consider their options and their own self-preservation...