An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy.
When the news of Bernard Madoff 's Ponzi scheme broke, Americans were shocked and outraged, perhaps none more so than the unsuspecting members of his own family. After learning that their father's legendarily successful wealth management company was "all just one big lie", Mark and Andrew Madoff turned their father in and cut off all communication with both parents.
Mark and his wife, Stephanie, strove to make a fresh start for the sake of their two young children, but Mark could not overcome his sense of betrayal and shame - he and other family members were sued for $200 million in October of 2009. He hung himself on the two-year anniversary of his father's arrest. Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie wrote this memoir to give them a sense of who their father really was, defend his innocence, and put her personal statement on record once and for all.
In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark on Nantucket, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew, adjusting to life with a man she hardly recognized anymore, and the tragic and final loss of her husband.
©2011 Stephanie Madoff Mack (P)2011 Penguin
Very few facts about Bernie & his scam: check. Self-obsessed artsy gadabout: check. Wicked ex-wife: check. Disfunctional wimpy husband: check. Most adorable children ever: check.
In this indulgent "memoir" Stephanie Whoever discovers "Mr. Right" complete with fishing gear just as she's about to pass the big 3-0. When her candycane world comes shattering down, blame Bernie & Ruth, but throw enough morsels to say you "tried" to understand. Try to draw sympathy by telling every agonizing moment you and your husband spent together---especially with the "wicked ex-wife witch & kids" interfering at every opportunity. Sorry, Steph, but plenty of people don't have $100 to spend, let alone have to ask permission. Well, I guess we'll see her & Oprah together next. Hey, maybe she'll score a car.
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After Bernie Madoff became the most hated man in the world and by extension his sons were considered that too, the brothers created a rift between them when they should have stuck together. The narration was great as it was read by the author herself and she doesn't hesitate to reveal her feelings! Her husband is just as bad when it comes to dealing with a family crisis. He gave his mother an ultimatum either to divorce Madoff or he would never speak to her. The author handles her anger against her husband by smashing his iPhone. The author is very demanding in her life, but she wrote a good book!
No one, but Stephanie could have read this book. It was a true insight to what we don't see on the news reports and gossip columns. It was well written and well read. Thank you STEPHANIE for sharing your story.
This is a very tragic story about what greed & dishonesty can do to your innocent family, friends, and trusting clients. Bernard Madoff is a horrible person. His poor son Mark. I feel so sorry for his wife Stephanie & her children. I never thought that his sons were innocent until I read this. The pain that man caused without remorse (still) is unfathomable! My heart goes out to Mark Madoff & his family. Tragic.
It was all about her.... And her life was boring!!!
Couldn't have because the material was all about her life, which is not interesting
Needed to be a lot more about Bernie and Ruth and what they were actually like and how they behaved with family and friends. Instead it was about Stephanie trying desperately to make the reader believe her husband had nothing to do with the embezzlement scheme of Bernie's.
"A story from the heart that shows there are two sides to every story, and both side should be heard."
An interesting story and look into the Madoff scandal from a new perspective. It was nice to hear the "other side" of the story that wasn't really covered by the media at large.
Stephanie's story is in turns funny, sweet, and heart breaking. Her strength throughout the book is obvious and admirable. Hearing Stephanie's words, in her own voice, brought home what she felt even more than seeing them on the page.
Just the fact that it was very interesting. She gave a lot of insight as to what the family was all about and how much his children were hurt by his actions. I really felt bad for her husband and how her and her children were treated by his mother.
Stephanie and her husband.
How greed destroys!
I appreciated Stephanie's ability to be real and to not hold back details, nor emotion, when sharing her story. I'm grateful she narrated it, because I feel it made it more authentic and interesting. I was always eager to listen to more and was never bored.
This most powerful moment in the book was when she revealed the details of her trip to Disney World with her daughter, on the day of her husband's death.
A love story turned into a tragic death.
This has been one of my favorite audible books, because it is REAL life, which is something I appreciate in a book and an author. Thank you Stephanie for your courage in sharing your story.
I would listen again as the story Stephanie tells is very fascinating. Unfortunately, her children will pay the price for their father's business choices and his suicide.
The description of Mark Madoff's suicide was chilling.
She seems very honest and her emotions really come through in her story telling.
I wish Stephanie Madoff well as she raises her children on her own and tries to put this awful tragedy in her past.
Audio all the way
Stephanie ... her strength
Her emotion in her voice. You could feel her strength as well.
What happen to the children in this family is a travesty let alone what Madoff did to the country. Stephanie did good writing & reading this.
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