The Darlings: A Novel
Pamela Dorman Books
Published by The Penguin Group
Paul Ross marries the love of his life Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling. Just as he starts to get comfortable living life in all the luxury the Darlings are famous for he loses his job. Carter Darling offers him a job as General Counsel at his hedge fund business. Paul warily accepts the position since the country is in the worst financial position since the great depression and jobs are scarce.
He barely settles into his new job and a tragic event lands the Darlings into the middle of major of a scandal so great Paul has to make some really tough decisions. Does he stand with his family or betray the ones he loves to save himself?
Cristina Alger’s debut takes on a current hot topic with the arrest of Bernie Madoff in 2008 and the Occupy Wall Street protests and the general distrust of most financial institutions today. We not only get to see into The Darlingshigh society life but we get to observe the people doing everything they can to being them down.
While I believe all those who caused this crisis in America need to be held accountable I really felt for Paul. He didn’t know what was going on, he was just learning the basics of the company when this scandal broke. He took the job thinking he was doing the best thing he could for himself and Merrill and was caught up in the web of lies before he knew what was happening.
With the voice of a true insider Alger has given us a fast paced, page turning fictional exposé into the financial world that has caused havoc around the world. A solid four stars and a smart debut!
About the Author
Cristina Alger received her B.A. from Harvard College and her J.D. from NYU Law School. She has worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. and as an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, & Dorr. She was born and raised in New York City, where she currently resides.
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