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Hedge Fund Wives Paperback – 6 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184756187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847561879
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Juicy, glitzy and delightfully engrossing, you won't want to put this book down.’ Karen Quinn, author of The Sister Diaries and The Ivy Chronicles

‘A juicy novel about the luxe but empty lives of insanely rich New Yorkers’
Lottie Moggach, The London Paper

‘I couldn’t put it down’
Closer

‘Anyone who liked The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City will like this’
CITY A.M

‘In this salacious, delightful tale of New York movers and shakers, Boncompagni animates her rich, glamorous, scandalous creatures with a keen eye and irresistible energy…Readers fascinated by Upper East Side life will be mesmerized by Boncompagni’s sparkling depiction and may have to fight the temptation to read it all in one sitting.’ Publishers Weekly

‘A real-life New York socialite, Boncompagni knows her subject intimately. She can slip readers into a pair of high-heel Christian Louboutins and through the doors of a hedgie home themed in Chinese antiquities. Seeing how the moneyed set lives offers a funny – and sometimes sobering – look at people hogtied by their own wealth….’
Washington Post

About the Author

Tatiana is a New York City-based writer. Her articles on beauty, fashion, shopping and social trends have appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, Cookie and Vogue.
Before becoming a freelance journalist in 2003, she worked for American Lawyer magazine in New York, the Legal Times in Washington D.C. and The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels. She is married and has two children.


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Having read a few books about the bank collapses that have covered the more serious economic side of the fallout, I decided to take this more frivolous account for a test drive, and was not disappointed! Marcy, the heroine of the story, gives up her own promising career to move to New York with her husband to support his career as a trader. Marcy sticks out like a sore thumb but soon makes friends with a like minded HFW who has her own career. The horrors are all there though - the botoxed, size zero, plucked to perfection gold diggers but the author makes them more then one dimensional, and there are one or two that you even get to like a little more by the end. I enjoyed every minute of it - the shopping, the politics, the backstabbing, the outrageous shows of wealth at a time when everyone else was losing the shirt of their backs. Marcy, however, is someone you get to seriosuly admire, and her true personality and drive finally emerge as the story progresses. I could not put this book down and if you want to be seriously entertained give it a go.
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Bought this book because it was cheap and fancied a light read. Sadly, the only thing this novel is `light' on is any type of writing skill.

I am not a reader of the insultingly titled `chick lit' but if this is a good example of it then I won't be sampling any more: the heroine was annoying, the story was predictable (with a ridiculously sickly happy-ending), and the writing was just plain rubbish. The narrative includes loads of explanatory details which are superfluous, clunky, and don't add to the story. Plus, the pace of the story is completely off. It's clear from the book description that the main character's husband is going to leave her but this doesn't actually happen until halfway through which means there is very little space left in the novel for anything the reader is unaware of. The split should definitely come in earlier and then more time can be given towards making the ending even slightly believable.

If all you want is a hearts-and-flowers ending with very little decent story-telling then this is the book for you. If you want more than that then avoid at all costs.
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I have strong faith that my husband and I are going to stay married for the rest of our current lifetimes regardless of who makes more money than the other. However, I admit that this kindlebook of Hedge Fund Wives by Tatiana Boncompagni caught my attention because it deals with the controversial topic of a man leaving a woman for a wealthier woman. I say this because it is common for a woman to always be questioned andor scrutinized (especially if she is in the middle or more lower financial classes) if she is with someone for purely financial reasons, but rarely is the issue raised for the other way around. The author pokes fun at such a less frequently discussed topic in a dramatic way. The main character of the story, Marcy is both married and working to prove herself to the other women she is surrounded by who are also living what many would term a financially successful life. Marcy sets aside her own career dreams for her husband in order to preserve her marriage yet discovers the hard way that true love should not require having to give up where you want to live and/or the career you want to work in for a lasting marriage. Marcy’s ambition and determination are evident. I like that Marcy did her best to pick herself back up in life and refocused on her career ambitions which paved the way for her to rebuild her life. However, I do not enjoy playing devil’s advocate yet there is one thing I must speak up about. There is a part in the story where Marcy’s husband says that she needs to have a stronger social support network before having children. The writing was done in a way to seem like this good advice was harsh advice.Read more ›
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2010
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Marcy Emerson has moved to New York with husband John to further his career - giving up her own in the process. John is making millions but Marcy is frustrated and bored. She finds she has little in common with the other hedge fund wives and really wants to be out there doing something to use her own skills. She offers to help a cookery writer with her catering business - which upsets her husband and from that point on it's downhill all the way for her marriage.

I enjoyed reading about the lengths all the men and women go to in their desire to outspend their friends and colleagues with ever more extravagant entertainments. But this book isn't really about that it's about excess wealth adversely affects people and warps their perceptions of what matters in their lives. The breakup of her marriage when John leaves Marcy for an acquaintance of hers is when the books starts to get interesting and Marcy starts to stand on her own two feet again.

I thought the characters and their dilemmas were very well drawn and there are some good points made about relying on wealth to provide your identity and how shallow people are when they do this. I enjoyed the picture the book painted of life in certain circles in twenty first century New York. I picked up a lot of information about the world of banking as well. An entertaining read with some serious aspects - chick lit with a bite.
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