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Author: Angelica Baker Narrator: Therese Plummer, Thérèse Plummer Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062676825
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A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.

On September 15, 2008, the world of Greenwich, Connecticut, is shaken. When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must fend off allegations of malfeasance, as well as the judgment and resentment of his community. As panic builds, five women in his life must scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves what —if anything—is worth saving.

In the aftermath of this collapse, Bob D’Amico’s teenage daughter Madison begins to probe her father’s heretofore secret world for information. Four other women in Madison’s life —her mother Isabel, her best friend Amanda, her nanny Lily, and family friend Mina —begin to question their own shifting roles in their insular, moneyed world. 

For the adults, this means learning how to protect their own in a community that has turned against them. For the younger generation, it means heightened rebellion and heartache during the already volatile teenage years. And for Lily, it means deciding where her loyalties lie when it comes to the family in which she is both an essential member and, ultimately, an outsider.  All these women have witnessed more than they’ve disclosed, all harbor secret insecurities and fears, and all must ask themselves—where is the line between willful ignorance and unspoken complicity?

With astonishing precision, insight, and grace, Angelica Baker weaves a timeless social novel about the rituals of intimacy and community; of privilege and information; of family and risk; of etiquette and taboo.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A timely and powerful exploration of greed and hubris. It’s impossible to look away from the family at the heart of this novel…Baker exposes the myriad ways these people fail to care for each other and the questionable places they seek refuge as their world upends.”

    Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A personal, thought-provoking portrait emerges of the American Dream, complete with a web of visible and invisible cracks in the foundation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Blending high-stakes economic intrigue with high-class family drama, Our Little Racket is a sweeping and immersive novel.”

    Booklist

  • Our Little Racket is a golden web of a story hanging in the rubble of a house built by deceit and greed. A magnificent debut.”

    Ramona Ausubel, author of No One Is Here except All of Us

  • “Like a modern day Henry James, Angelica Baker uses the lives of the one percent to explore themes—of love and loyalty, family and friendship—that matter to all of us.”

    Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty

  • “Angelica Baker has written a terrific, whip-smart debut. Our Little Racket is a humane and serious window onto the troubling social world of the bankers who wrecked our economy. This is a great first novel.”

    Stuart Nadler, author of The Inseparables

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About the Author

Angelica Baker received a BA degree from Yale University and MFA from Columbia University.

About the Narrators

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.