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Buying In

Laura Hemphill

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ISBN 10: 0544114574 / ISBN 13: 9780544114579
Published by New Harvest, 2013
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Title: Buying In

Publisher: New Harvest

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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"Buying In" is a novel of ambition and survival on Wall Street, written by an insider. Sophie Landgraf is floundering after four months at male-dominated Sterling & Sons--and things are about to get worse. It's October 2007; layoffs are imminent as boom times grind to a halt. Sophie teams up with her boss, attractive but secretive Ethan Pearce, and striving immigrant Vasu Kumar to advance a meritless, multibillion-dollar merger between two failing aluminum companies in a last-ditch attempt to generate fees and save their jobs. This high-powered yet heartfelt novel is set in the headquarters of Sterling & Sons, with sojourns to Manhattan's exclusive after-hours clubs and aluminum smelters in the Midwest and India. The merger gains steam over a six months until its participants are morally--if not literally--bankrupt." Buying In" tackles what it means to be a woman in a man's world, how well we really know our colleagues, and our struggle to reconcile our personal and professional identities in today's work-dominated world.

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"The world of high finance provides a thrilling setting for Hemphill’s fine debut." —Publishers Weekly

"I read Buying In in one sitting. It sucks you into an adrenaline vortex, obliterating everything but the deal. Work swallows family, friends, and scruples. A gripping and thought-provoking read." —Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the former Director of Policy Planning, United States Department of State

"With assured prose, a compulsively readable plot, and insider savvy, Buying In offers a front-row seat to the downfall of Wall Street, with a terrific young heroine who outmans the men without sacrificing her soul." —Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Bad Mother and Daughter's Keeper

"Laura Hemphill writes about Wall Street with the granular knowledge of an industry insider and the incisive empathy of an outsider. Buying In is an absorbing and affecting study of high finance and the toll it takes on one's non-capitalistic identity, with much to say about gender in the workplace, from a bright new literary talent." —Teddy Wayne, author of  The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil

"Laura Hemphill deftly pulls off a hat trick, offering readers an insider’s clear-eyed take on the subprime lending crisis, a chilling look at the lives of women in banking, and a briskly entertaining coming of age story. You’ll be thinking about her complicated, conflicted heroine, Sophie Landgraf, long after you devour the novel’s final pages." —Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age

"In Buying In, Laura Hemphill provides us a ringside seat in the inner boardrooms of Manhattan's investment banks in the months just before the financial crash. As her whip-smart, charmingly naïve protagonist Sophie attempts to navigate a deal that will make or break her career (and perhaps decide the future of the bank itself), you can't help but root for her to succeed even as you fear she will. Hemphill effortlessly lays bare the complicated machinations of the banking industry with the breathless pacing of a thriller, and with remarkable assurance describes the very real pull between family and career, success and sacrifice, loyalty and self-preservation. A stunning debut which is sure to catapult the author onto must-read lists." -Allison Amend, author of A Nearly Perfect Copy

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