The End of Normal
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
Mack gives an intimate look at how the Madoff family imploded after Bernie was arrested and convicted. It was difficult to read how Bernie's sons' lives were ruined, even though they had nothing to do with their father's crimes, but what was worse was how their family was torn apart at a time when they could ha ...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
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
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
All of us can relate to an uncontrollable family member we are cursed with and have suffered from merely being a relation.
Well written! I could not put this one down!