A whip-smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it's like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk taking, and jaw-dropping sexism.
In 2008, Isabelle - a self-made 30-something Wall Street star - appears to have it all: an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high-powered job. But her reality is something else. Her trading-desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle's already full lap.
Enter Henry, the former college fiancé she never quite got over, now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions and recruit a wary Belle into a secret "glass ceiling club" whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give - and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her world, and her need to keep her colleagues' hands to themselves.
From Maureen Sherry, a prize-winning writer and a former managing director on Wall Street (who never signed a nondisclosure agreement when she left), Opening Belle takes listeners into the adrenaline-fueled chaos of a Wall Street trading desk; the lavish parties; the lunchtime rendezvous; and, ultimately, the heart of a woman who finds it easier to cook up millions at work than dinner at home.
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As a woman in the financial industry I absolutely loved this book! I'm an independent far removed from Wall Street but still connected with this story from beginning to end. I can't wait to have my husband listen to this and perhaps learn what it's like to be a female in any industry.
Thank you Ms. Sherry for writing it.
I enjoyed this compelling story, but the narration was too much. I could have done with less of the character voices; especially the male characters who all sounded like drugged up stoners.
I really liked it. I work in private equity and enjoyed hearing about a similar market where the culture is pretty similar. The author did a great job about including accurate industry information that was easy to follow but she didn't dumb it down so much that I felt as if she thought the reader was completely uneducated, the latter gets boring. I was hooked most of the book but it wasn't one that I couldn't wait to read or get to the next chapter. Overall I would recommend it to a friend!
Enjoyed this story a great deal! Its obvious the author had insider knowledge of Wall Street and I enjoyed every juicy minute!
Awesome book for banking and non-banking women alike. Most women and bankers in general don't make this kind of money, but the actions and thought processes are dead on.
If you've ever worked in capital markets, this story will drive you nuts. Belle is apparently an equity salesperson who has time to research her own names in biotech and technology (not covered by her firm), is somehow qualified to moderate a tech panel at a conference and does CMO analysis in her spare time.
It's a shame, it could've been a fun story. Too bad the author had to make it crazy unrealistic.
As a women in financial services, I'm immensely impressed with the candor, humor and authenticity with which this was written. Thank you Maureen!
For a drama-filled book, I felt as if every reaction was the decision I would've taken. Some books take it too far with mascara-streaked tears and mental breakdowns but the way everything came together for her was relatable. She didn't have a knight in shining armor but an illusion of a man she helped to maintain. I was happy with the ending - not a perfect fairy-tale but a quirky compromise.
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