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
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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.
There is nothing better than to hear the author read her own story.
Living with greed and its effect on mental health.
The truth of the Madoff story will not be known for decades. Stephanie Madoff Mack tells a personal and very difficult tale from her own perspective and experience. I enjoyed listening to this book and feel very badly for all the people whose lives have been so very damaged by the actions of Bernie Madoff.
Actually enjoyed listening however there was NEVER anything "normal" about their life in the first place. Married into unbelievable wealth and supposed love, questionable. Agree with another reviewer, husband truly a wimp. Life is stranger than fiction really fits the bill with this one. Shallow & spoilt, therapists featured endlessly, often laughable. When the going gets tough this family implodes, making this an epic case of money is the root of all evil. Found it all amusing, more like the end of prestige, wealth and a whole lot of lies.
Probably not but I would definitely recommend it.
The description of Stephanie's life before and after the Madoff scandel.
A Shattered Life
I enjoyed learning more about B.Madoff and his family. An inside look into the family.
What a pity the husband took his own life....if only he had waited...it would have got better and he could have moved on. If he was innocent, people would have understood, and he could have made a great life for himself but without all the rich trappings.
Good listen, ranking about in the middle of my audio library of books.
Having the author read her own book adds a level of emotion that wouldn't necessarily have been there with another reader. I could hear her emotions behind the words.
There were several very sad moments, one when her husband's body is found, another when Bernie told his sons about his fraud.
Living on the other side of the country, we did not get the intense press coverage of the scandal that the family did after the news of the fraud broke. The intensity of it was a surprise to me, and I felt the author's pain of having to live through it. The lack of honest communication in the Madoff family was also a revelation. All in all, a book worth listening to.
The insight into other people's lives and how you can live or be near to someone and not know the real them. Everyone is human, take away the money we are all the same.
Stephanie told it how it was, I was able to follow the story. So cruel that her husband and her children's father was taken from them that way, I really felt/feel for her and the kids.
I think she told it how it was/is. Not sure how she was able to read her life to us and not break down every few paragraphs. I can understand her need to clarify the issues and accusations.
yes, its so 'real life' take away the money - families have these interwoven blending issues all the time.
really enjoyed it. wouldn't be surprised if its made into a movie - but Stephanie and her family may have had enough public exposure.
I would like to know more of where, how Bernie's upbringing, childhood - I feel its a leopard's spots don't change they may fade a bit but never change...
I learned things about the Madoff Children that I never knew. It was a very easy listen and kept my interest through the entire book. I enjoyed it and it is worth a credit.
Found the book interesting, just need to get past Stephani's very high, shrill,whinny,piercing voice, it literally hurt my ears. I am very,very sorry for her loss but my opinion is that she is a spoilt,selfish immature young lady,but,did not deserve to be left to raise 2 young children alone. Mark must have been in so much pain to end his life like this and his father should be held accountable.
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