Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Posted by Dina N
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.
Alexandra Lebenthal, who is active on the New York social scene, has written THE RECESSIONISTAS, a debut novel about four socialites whose perfect Upper East Side lives get turned upside down when the economic collapse wreaks havoc on their pampered existences.
In a tale that is ripped from the headlines, a group of powerful New Yorkers suddenly encounter social upheaval, deception, and scandal. Some will find their way out of disaster while others, after making dangerous choices, dig their own graves. This story of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when lives that were only designed to acquire more suddenly face the prospect of a great deal less.
This is an entertaining and at times moving inside look at the pampered existence of four rich women whose lives get affected first-hand by the financial crisis on Wall Street. Whether the author is drawing from personal experience or from close observation, she is writing with keen attention to detail and compassion for the plight of some of her characters. Fiction is smartly blended with real-life facts and events from recent times. Some of the problems faced by New York socialites could not be farther from the average person's. Yet, readers can sympathize with the overworked and under appreciated heroine who is trying to balance her career and family. Occasionally, the book sounds a bit like the society pages meet financial crisis headlines. Got to love the smart title: fashionistas during recession, or recessionistas! Well, recessionalites just does not have the same ring to it although it'd be more accurate.
The Recessionistas is a good beach / coffee shop / light reading, and I hope Ms. Lebenthal is considering another novel.
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