The Recessionistas

The Recessionistas It s the day after Labor Day and the elite universe of New York s Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world an

  • Title: The Recessionistas
  • Author: Alexandra Lebenthal
  • ISBN: 9780446563673
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York s Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world, and has no idea her investment banker husband Blake is about to enter into a devil s bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter As autumn unfolds, Grigsby s fairytale life starIt s the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York s Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world, and has no idea her investment banker husband Blake is about to enter into a devil s bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter As autumn unfolds, Grigsby s fairytale life starts to unwind Street smart Renee Parker has been hired as John s executive assistant and is convinced that something is amiss with her new boss Renee enlists her friend Sasha Silver, CEO of Silver Partners, to help her decipher what is happening They soon discover that John is nearly ruined, except for the assets he is hiding in the Cayman Islands from his wife Mimi, and has concocted with Blake a scheme to redeem himself This tale of expulsion from a modern day Garden of Eden captures what happens when economic decline spells ruin for Manhattan s pampered elite.

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    • I really liked the book and didn't know that I would when I initially started it. The main character, is of course Wall Street, but you don't notice it is the main character always as you are caught up in the story of the various characters and the things that happen to them as various things happen on Wall Street, either by their very own manipulationgs or by those around them. Of course the book has a lot of information on how Wall Street works and a couple of times it went into more than I re [...]

    • Picked up this recently published book for $1 at the library. Read it this weekend, a wek after watching the documentary Inside Job, about the financial services meltdown a few years ago. This book is about the same subject. I enjoyed it, as I often do enjoy reading about wealthy New York(not sure why, but I do). Because of the documentary I already understood how the meltdown occurred. The author seemed to create situations to explain those details to the reader. A bit contrived. Helpful, even [...]

    • I did not think I would like this book and I ended up loving it! The economic recession of 2008 kicked my butt, and it was interesting to see how the collapse of hedge funds and financial institutions like Lehman Bros. affected the upper-middle class -- specifically the stockbrokers making millions of dollars a year -- whose entire lifestyle depended on the money to flowing forever. I found the characters in the book were written realistically, at the same time wondering "how the hell do people [...]

    • While the subject matter was interesting the writing style was very stilted and had very little flow to it. Especially in a lot of the dialogue between characters. The conversations and how the characters spoke seemed contrived instead of natural. Also there was too much technical jargon in a book that comes across as a light read. I'm not sure what the author's intention was with this book, whether it was supposed to be a beach book kind of read or something heavier. But the cover alone conveys [...]

    • I really enjoyed this book. It combined lots of things that i like into one novel. I like fashion, New York City and intrigue. There were quite a few interesting sub-plots that held my attention.The characters were not all that likable. It's hard to feel sorry for someone that has to cut their living expenses to $200,000 a year. Even harder to see it as tragic. That being said, the characters were well developed and quirky enough to be "real" to me. I would recommend this book. It was our book c [...]

    • Only read this if you need a very simple explanation of the Financial Crisis and happen to be interested in New York life. Do not read for plot, dialogue, character development, or anything remotely related to quality literature. The author is an extremely well-respected woman in finance, so she knows her stuff. She doesn't know fiction. But it's fun!

    • This book has been reviewed for author exposure and is available on my blog. acozyreaderscornerSynopsis from book:“It’s the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York’s Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world and has no idea her investment banker husband, Blake, is about to enter into a devil’s bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter. As autumn unfolds, Grigsby’s fairytale life sta [...]

    • The Recessionistas can safely be characterized as chicklit set in the middle of the financial meltdown in New York City. While Lebenthal liberally creates unsympathetic characters like the wives of investment bankers, unscrupulous money managers, and backstabbing bosses, we meet:* Grigsby Somerset- an Alpha for as long as she can remember. Surrounded by people who want to be like her, she her occupation is centered towards the right charities, clothes, and getting her daughter into the correct s [...]

    • The RecessionistasAuthor: Alexandra LebenthalCharacters: 2 out of 5Plot: 2 out of 5Overall: 2 out of 5Format: HardcoverSource: Borrowed from my LibraryDescription: (Author's Website) It's the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the bottom is about to drop out of the economy. Hedge fund owner John Cutter is in the process of an ugly divorce and nearly in financial ruin, except for the assets he is hiding from his wife Mimi in the Cayman Islands. When he concocts a scheme to redeem himself, he enlists [...]

    • The Recessionistas is a chick lit satire of the wives of hedge fund managers who shop at the three B's Bergdorf, Barneys and Bendel and spend their day lunching. The book is both funny and sad. Imagine not being able to survive on $250,000 a year. The horror of it all. What is sad, is that because of greed and Wall Street this country is in the financial mess that it is in. To think that my investment in a fund helped support someone's addiction to Botox, liposuction or a life of really doing no [...]

    • Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal (ARC)Published by Grand Central PublishingISBN 978-0-446-56367-3At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (back of book): It's the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York's Upper East Side is bout to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world and has no idea her investment banker husband, Blake, is about to enter into [...]

    • I enjoyed The Recessionistas. There were five main characters, one of which was Wall Street itself which had a big effect on all the rest. Grigsby Somerset was amusing in her snobbishness and confidence in what is correct, her husband’s assistant thought of her as “Marie Antoinette”. Sasha Silver was a rising star of the business world but somehow didn’t have the political acumen that she needed. Mimi Cutter lived very expensively and was losing her confidence in her own ability of how t [...]

    • I absolutely loved this book. I was immediately drawn in by both the characters and the story. Alexandra has a way of making you really understand the characters as if you truly knew them. I personally felt a special kinship to Sasha even though she and I come from two completely different worlds, I like how she thinks. I'm a political junky so I kept up with what was, and still is, going on with the financial crisis and recession. Along with many others in the country I learned of CDOs and deri [...]

    • I found this book from a review in some magazine a few months back, so when I saw the library had the unabridged audio, I downloaded it for fun.It's chicklit written by a Wall Street insider-type and the story focuses on a handful of women who lived the high life before Wall Street blew up in 2009. Several of the women live such extravagant lifestyles in their own ignorant world that the reader can't help but feel smug as the crash happens and their life blows up around them. But a couple of the [...]

    • I actually enjoyed this book. I didn't expect a lot from it, which perhaps made it more enjoyable. For what it is, it is good. It reads more like a series of bullet points, snippets, or fleeting images, sometimes going back and forward in time, which I feel actually aides in the progression of the story. I enjoyed the details about the crash, the people who were involved and what went wrong or right with them. I felt the fragmented story line was more effective in dealing with these characters a [...]

    • When Wall Street took a tumultuous turn in the Fall of 2008, it effected the elite Upper East Siders in different ways. Socialite Grigsby isn’t concerned about how her investment banker husband Blake will fare; she only cares about how she can continue with her current lifestyle. Meanwhile, Blake is willing to do anything to avoid the trouble he knows is heading toward. Young, street-smart Renee gets a position with Blake’s hedge fund owner and quickly learns things are even worse than they [...]

    • I tried to make it through this book, but the wooden dialogue: "Gosh, what do you think is going to happen?" and the Mary Sue characterizations: They also encouraged her to focus on her own strengths: her brain and winning personality. It also was worth noting that she was beautiful made it impossible. I'm sure there is interesting insider information about the country's financial meltdown in this book but I just couldn't wade through the clunky writing to find it. It's Bonfire of the Vanities m [...]

    • I don't know if I was expecting way too much, but this book was a bit disappointing for me. The plot is great, for sure, and it kept me reading until the end. But the writing is not so polished, POVs change way too often and the dialogues feel quite unnatural most of the time. The economy part of it is great, but the personal stories lack appeal. It's nice and the premise is very interesting, but it's not amazing. I do think she has talent, though, and I still believe somewhere down the road her [...]

    • This book is so much fun. It is like Us Weekly meets Wall Street - bigger than life personalities coupled with outrageous lifestyles all told through the lens of hedge fund trophy wives. It will make you laugh out loud but also teach you a few things about the economic meltdown of 2008. Written by one of the top women on Wall Street, it is as smart as it is engrossing. Put it on your list of to-read books in the new year!

    • This book follows the lives of several NY women (and their husbands) during the fall of 2008 as the financial markets were falling. All of the women are associated with the financial markets either directly through their jobs or indirectly through their husbands. I had to force my way through this book. I really couldn't connect with any of the characters and I think that was because of the writing style. Everything felt a little contrived. Interesting enough. Not a bad read.

    • I wanted to give this more stars because it's a fun story and who doesn't love a little schadenfreude and comeuppance? But the writing was quite bad, and it had way too much information on collateralized debt obligations and tranches, etc. (Not too complicated to understand but too dull to read about in a novel.)Still, it was a mostly fun read. Who knew that people could spend so much money on clothing?

    • Chick lit takes on the financial meltdown or the Recession for Dummies. I felt like this book was suppose to both entertain and educate me, and winded up just frustrating me with its flimsy characters, predictable male leads, and "surprise" handouts (a million for her for reading tabloids, 10 million for her for standing up for herself). I read this book to the end, but it really was just ok.

    • Chick lit about the financial meltdown, but with more intelligence than anticipated. I think the title does this book a disservice as there is some decent writing, but when you pick it up you think it will be very "shopaholic". An interesting look from an author who clearly had an inside track on some of the NYC society/financial issues that plagued Wall Street.

    • Definitely chicklit, however it was really good! The story follows different women in NYC during the financial meltdown, and how (if) they change, adapt and really get through it. one pf my favorite/ hated characters was the woman who just didn't understand and demanded to maintain her standard of living even though her husband lost his job.Good beach, airplane, or bottle of wine read.

    • This wasn't as mindless as I thought it would be. It actually gave some really good insight on many financial situations that helped the economic crash and their backgrounds like mortgage backed securities and how they were bundled and sold. Some if the characters were like able, some not, but that was the point. Interesting plot angle.

    • Eh. Started out fairly entertaining, but got bogged down in trying to explain the financial crisis. The author was also trying to juggle too many stories and just kind of dropped some of them, or rushed them to a conclusion that didn't necessarily make sense. I also found several typos, and I hate sloppy copy editing!

    • This book had such promise, but in the end all the fashionistas received happy endings without ever growing as people. The message seemed to be that it's ok to worship money, because money will make everything right in the end, at least if you're female. And did all the men have to be so one-dimensional? Quite a disappointment.

    • ZI HIGHLY recommend this book. The author is a noted financial wizard in NYC, and rather than writing a droll book on the Lehman crisis, she chose to write it from the perspective of society ladies and its impact on them. It is a biting commentary on the pre-2008 lifestyles of such women sprinkled with a lot of VERY ACCURATE financial markets information. This book is a MUST READ.

    • Was looking for a light read after something heavy. Started out OK but turned into a bad TV-movie plot. Lots of holes and unexplained twists, and then BAM -- it's wrapping up with cutesy, predictable resolutions. Also, the dialog was stilted and not realistic. Author knows the financial industry (though explanations were often rushed and unclear), but definitely doesn't write well. Not worth it.

    • An interesting pov on the wall street crash of 08it was hard to empathize with the characters since some were so unlikable and clueless and others just whined woe is me - a few times I felt like just chucking it but I did like it in the end-The person reading the audio book did such a good job with some of the voices it really made some of the characters even more grating.

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