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The Darlings by Cristina Alger
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Jun 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read in May, 2012

have you been looking for a novel set in the financial crisis, centering around a bernie madoff-style ponzi scheme & the manner in which its fall-out impacts a wealthy new york family? & have you been hoping that the book would be about 97% exposition & 3% story, & that what little story there is would be pretty much comically improbable? look no further! the darlings is the book for you!

ugh. this book reads like the author filled an entire five-subject notebook with character notes & background research & then shoehorned every last bit of it into the book, at the expense of an actual compelling story. basically, the bernie madoff character offs himself because he knows he's about to be busted, & this is bad news for the darling family because the patriarch runs some kind of huge hedge fund/investment company thing, & the bernie madoff character is one of his most prominent (albeit secretive) investors. & he's having an affair with someone else mixed up in all this crap (i won't say who, but if you're anything like me, you will guess the second the character is introduced). both sons-in-law work for the company, & one of them recently wrote some incriminating e-mails about how everyone should leave bernie madoff alone & let him do his own thing. ruh roh! do you think he'll be framed for culpability? a muckraking investigative journalist gets his mitts on the story because his beloved niece conveniently works for the SEC? ruh roh! do you think he'll uncover the truth in time to save the innocent? do you think that all of this potential tension will be dampened & interrupted by long asides about how one time, this character had a dog & he really liked walking it, & this other character has a hilarious memory about a thanksgiving turkey, etc etc?

you can bet on it!
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Caitlin Honestly, I could not agree more - WAY too much exposition!!

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