Book Talk: Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry
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Let’s just get to the point. I was not impressed with this book and had to force myself to finish it. Yes, that’s right, I didn’t quite get this book. The entire time I felt something is going to happen. But other than the financial crash, nothing really did.
For a character described as ‘self-made Wall Street star,” she showed very little character. While I understand there are different aspects to a person and we all are different in our personal and professional lives. It was just so hard to relate to Belle just because she kept changing. The writer, however, has done a good job of explaining the backdrop of the financial market and the crash.
I’d suggest, if you want to read this book, read because it’s going to be adapted into a movie by Reese Witherspoon. And trust me this book has all the Hollywood requirements. I hope the screenplay is better than the book.
My rating is 3 stars.
Other books by Maureen Sherry.
Getting rich on Wall Street would be a lot more fun if the men would keep their hands off her assets. A whip-smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it’s like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk-taking, and jaw-dropping sexism.
In 2008, Isabelle—a self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star—appears to have it all: an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high-powered job. But her reality is something else. Her trading desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party; her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle’s already full lap.
Enter Henry, the former college fiancé she never quite got over; now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions and recruit a wary Belle into a secret “glass ceiling club” whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give—and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her world, and her need to keep her colleagues’ hands to themselves.
From Maureen Sherry, a prize winning writer, a former Managing Director on Wall Street (who never signed a nondisclosure agreement when she left), Opening Belle takes readers into the adrenaline-fueled chaos of a Wall Street trading desk, the lavish parties, the lunch-time rendezvous, and ultimately into the heart of a woman who finds it easier to cook up millions at work than dinner at home.