Our Little Racket

Our Little Racket

by Angelica Baker

Overview:A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whos e 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.

Faith Bowers (11/06/17): This is Angelica Baker’s first book and I really enjoyed it. That may be because it was about business and the women surrounding their men, both of great interest to me. Her writing is concise and clear. The book simmers like a pot of soup. You know that it will boil and or boil over. You don’t know what kind of soup. You really don’t ever find out what the antagonist did wrong, President of his investment bank but it is around 2008 and the bubble did burst with him as a casualty. Five women swirl around him, his wife, his daughter best friend of wife and daughter and the young smart nanny. That is where you get their perspective and the character development. The men are basically flat and or type cast. Because it simmers, the book reads well and you get an eyeful of what life could be in fancy Greenwich Ct.
Rating: ***

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