Hedge Fund Wives

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In this amazingly timely story about what the wealthy do when Wall Street lays an egg, the author of Gilding Lily once again delivers a witty and insightful treatment of today's woman, as she explores the sacrifices they make, the bargains they strike, the rules they follow, and what happens when it all starts to fall apart.

Who could have guessed that Wall Street would go south just as Marcy Emerson and her husband moved east? Down to earth Marcy relocated from Chicago to New York when her husband was offered a big time job as a hedge fund manager.

She gives up her own job—after all, hedge fund wives don't work! And while at first it's fun to shop all day and party all night, Marcy quickly learns that life among the rich can be anything but easy and that behind every smile can be a stab in the back.

Still, it's not until her husband leaves her for his thinner, blonder mistress—a woman who is higher up the social ladder than the original Mrs. Emerson will ever be—that Marcy decides to stand on her own two feet once again, and fight for the things that are far more important than money.

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Tatiana Boncompagni, author of the novel Gilding Lily, is a Manhattan-based freelancer who has written for The Financial Times Style and Shopping pages, the New York Times Sunday Styles section, the Wall Street Journal Weekend section, Vogue and InStyle. A graduate of Georgetown University's prestigious School of Foreign Service, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels, and, later, as a reporter for the Legal Times in Washington, DC. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com Reviewed by Kristi Lanier Retirement accounts have shriveled, and the economy has been reduced to a dirty word, but the Wall Street playboys who caused this mess are getting their comeuppance. And that's comforting -- even if it's fiction. Two new novels, from Jill Kargman and Tatiana Boncompagni, make a saucy accounting of one class of villains: the hedge-fund elite. As portrayed here, these wizards of moneymaking are so comically out of touch that they'll pay millions for a formaldehyde-injected sheep because someone said it was art. But both stories circle primarily around the hedge-fund wives, a rare breed that inhabits Bergdorf's, feeds on gossip and outsources its young to surrogates and staff. And at the center of each novel is a reluctant "hedgie" wife who doesn't totally buy into the Botox. In Kargman's "The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund," Holly Talbott would rather wear sweats than sweater sets; she prefers watching "Law & Order" to attending another museum benefit. Still, she's content enough in her hedge-fund circle, raising her surprisingly unspoiled son and serving on charity boards. But when her husband comes down with an incurable case of wandering eye, Holly's comfortable life crashes. "My little dreamy family cocoon had cracked," she says. "And it wasn't a beautiful, vibrant-hued butterfly that flew out." Although the other wives freeze her out and her charities politely dethrone her, Holly isn't left to cry into her caviar. Her delightfully foul-mouthed sister-in-law props her up, makes her over and steers her toward self-respect. Kargman's plot-turns are a little too convenient, and it's hard to muster much empathy for a heroine whose financial humiliations include having her account at the gourmet grocery closed. But it's satisfying to know at book's end exactly who's good, who's bad and that right always wins. Boncompagni offers up a similar plot in "Hedge Fund Wives." Marcy Emerson is plucked from an ordinary life in Chicago when her boy-wonder husband is hired by a group of New York financiers. While warming quickly to the financial perks of her new life, Marcy resists the social strictures, leading to such missteps as getting liquored up and offing her underwear in public. "Even last night, wearing a new designer dress and multiple coats of a new mascara the woman behind the cosmetics counter swore was what all the movie stars use, I still felt like a prairie girl among princesses," Marcy complains. Her husband, however, is hypnotized by status and social-climbs himself into another woman's bed. So Marcy, too, must find her way alone. But not without first publicly removing her undergarments again. 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. Boncompagni's book is more gracefully written and less predictable than Kargman's, but both novels are filled with enough catty backbiting, infidelity, manipulating and spicy dialogue to keep the pages turning. And both books are unexpectedly educational, too. You'll learn a lifetime's worth of unsavory synonyms for "gold digger" and "home-wrecking harlot."
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