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Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
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Sep 13, 2011

it was amazing
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A quick shortcut by which to communicate the overall feel and tone of Erin Duffy's debut novel, Bond Girl would be to say that it is something like a combination of Wall Street meets The Devil Wears Prada. It is unfair to Ms Duffy to characterize her book that way, however, as the comparison could be taken to imply that Ms Duffy consciously combined aspects of those two stories to come up with hers. All thoughts along those lines should be banished—Bond Girl is a fresh, original take on the “plucky-working-girl-takes-on-the-halls-of-business” theme which has popped up here and there since the days of Helen Gurley Brown.

Enthralled by the world of finance by childhood visits to the workplace of her investment banker father (and accustomed to the lifestyle afforded by its salaries by her privileged childhood in suburban Connecticut), Alex Garrett steps from college into the male-dominated high-pressure world of finance. Hired into the bond trading floor of a well-respected Wall Street investment firm, Alex learns the ropes, and the pitfalls, of the world of high finance from the ground up, dealing with demanding clients, resentful coworkers, domineering bosses, and the excesses and insane working hours of early-20th Century Wall Street as she works her way up from well-educated “go-fer” to fully-fledged account manager.

When Alex’s personal life hits a crisis point at the same time that the world financial markets are free-falling in 2008, the strain forces her to re-evaluate her goals and her life path. The portrait Ms Duffy paints of Alex’s world has the ring of authenticity, as well it might given Duffy’s 10 years working in the very world she portrays in her novel. Well-paced, and written with a wonderful, original voice, Bond Girl is a delight—even if the most complex financial transaction you undertake is to balance your checkbook, you’re likely to enjoy the time you spend seeing that world through Alex Garrett’s eyes.
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