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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Lebenthal Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York’s Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world and has no idea her investment banker husband, Blake, is about to enter into a devil’s bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter.

As autumn unfolds, Grigsby’s fairytale life starts to unwind. Street-smart Renee Parker has been hired as John’s executive assistant and is convinced that something is amiss with her new boss. Renee enlists her friend Sasha Silver, CEO of Silver Partners, to help her decipher what is happening. They soon discover that John is nearly ruined, except for the assets he is hiding in the Cayman Islands from his wife, Mimi, and has concocted with Blake a scheme to redeem himself.

This tale of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when economic decline spells ruin for Manhattan’s pampered elite.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cher Untalan | 2/16/2014

    " Smart chick-lit. Not even sure you can call it that since it isn't stupid and petty. Loved this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Melissa Kayden | 2/6/2014

    " This book started out okay but went to boring about halfway through. Made it to about page 200 and quit. I know i was probably supposed to root for Sasha and Renee, but neither was interesting enough to keep my attention. Not a fan of this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gabriela Lessa | 1/28/2014

    " I don't know if I was expecting way too much, but this book was a bit disappointing for me. The plot is great, for sure, and it kept me reading until the end. But the writing is not so polished, POVs change way too often and the dialogues feel quite unnatural most of the time. The economy part of it is great, but the personal stories lack appeal. It's nice and the premise is very interesting, but it's not amazing. I do think she has talent, though, and I still believe somewhere down the road her books could go from nice to amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bobbie | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book - some interesting characters. I was disappointed with what seemed to be a hurried ending - like the author got tired of writing about the characters and just wrapped it up. "

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About the Author

Alexandra Lebenthal is the president and CEO of Lebenthal & Co. and its wealth management division, Alexandra & James, Inc. Her father is Jim Lebenthal, who made his name in municipal bonds. She also serves as a board member of the School of American Ballet and is involved with several other leading New York cultural institutions, including the Business Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Capital Campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Botanical Garden.