The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, a Widow's New Life
An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through -- and survived -- both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy.
She has the gall to claim that Mark "was the greatest casualty" of his father's fraud. If only her editor had let her finish her sentence the way she wanted, it would have continued to read "and next to Mark, nobody suffered more than me." She spends the ...more
The best lesson to be learned from this book is one of perspective. I'm not going to read Ruth's book, but I'm sure if I did she would have a compelling story of her own to tell. Stephanie is a spoiled princess (but of course she wouldn't see herself as such): she complains that she was one of the poorest girls at her elite NYC high sch ...more
Don't get me wrong - some of it is ...more
The way she depicts Mark and Andrew is almost completely opposite than a lot of other in depth pieces depict them. It's almost the other way around in most pieces. Somewhere there is truth but I doubt we will ever know.
If only he would have been able to hang up that life and move away to start a new somewhere like she urged.
I am surprised she stayed in NYC after he died.
I don' ...more
Madoff understood greed and capitalized on it and the ignorance and naivete of his investors. What is amazing is that so many wealthy, otherwise in ...more
But Bernie Madoff's daughter-in-law, Stephanie Mack had b ...more
I understand they had to turn him in, but was turning against him the way they did "normal"? Not only that, but they and their wives" crucified" their mom for having contact with a husband of 50 years!
Normal, salt of the earth, people don't shut out their parents even if their parents are convicted murders and rapists! Rich, privileged, rotten kids are the one who ...more
She tells her story with honesty, even to the detriment of how she may be perceived. She comes across as very self centered, whiny, and actually describes some actions that come across as adult tantrums. (She throws down dishes in anger when she does not get the proposal that's she wants).
I do believe this is an honest retellings of the Madoff scandal from her point of view. I don't think anyone would pai ...more