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Our Little Racket

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,575 ratings  ·  205 reviews
A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan

On September 15, 2008, the world of Greenwich, Connecticut, is shaken. When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must fend off allegations of malfeasance, as well as the judgment and resentment o
ebook, 512 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Ecco
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Erin Quinney
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh. It wasn't horrible but I'm not sure what I was supposed to get out of it. I thought I was supposed to look at the Wall Street bankers/investors/traders with a more sympathetic eye, but no. Or maybe sympathize with their families? Not really. I know it was too long and it read like a soap opera, but with better, but still overblown, writing. It probably could have been cut in half. I was skimming by the end. The big pivotal scene was disappointing and most of the good stuff happened off stage ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know which was worse, the writing or the editing in this book. I can't imagine a book of just short of 500 pages that just wanders all over the place like this book. It alternates between the past and the future. The scenes where there is finally something happening are written so vaguely that the reader has to try and guess what actually happened. This is one of the worst books I have ever read, but like many people, once you are so far into it you think you need to keep going so maybe ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book kept pulling me along, but I wasn't enchanted with it. It follows a very wealthy family living in the NYC suburb of Greenwich, CT. The dad, Bob, was CEO of a big bank that declared bankruptcy after some seriously shady accounting reports. How much did Bob know? Will he go to jail? Baker follows Bob's wife Isabel, teenager daughter and twins. The wife is an ice queen who barely pays any attention to her children, holing up in her room for weeks after the bank fails and relying heavily o ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I tried so hard to finish this in its entirety, but I just couldn't and was skimming by the end.

Yes, reading is a subjective concept. But I just could not get into the style of writing. I found it dry and awkward, especially for a book so long. The story moves very slowly, and by the time something exciting happens, it's not that exciting. Yet, I felt compelled to finish it because I had come that far. Meh.
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
3.75 stars I know, I know, here I am AGAIN with the 3.75 star rating - but it's true - this was an impressive debut, I really did enjoy it, but perhaps a tad too ambitious (I'm not sure it needed to weigh in at 500 pages).

I really did enjoy reading about the different female characters, of all different ages and about their varied ways in how this crisis affected them. It runs the gamit of self-assured, independent to the trophy wife hanging around waiting for their next "bonus payment". The
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Poor little rich girl story. Couldn't finish it because I didn't care about the characters and after awhile I couldn't stand them. Kept waiting for something to happen other than people being nasty. Soap opera stuff. ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The idyllic community of Greenwich, Connecticut is shaken when the investment bank, Weiss & Partners, fails. Its CEO, Bob D'Amico--a man known throughout the banking community for his loyalty to his employees--is at the center of the storm: did Bob know this was coming? And even worse, did things fall apart due to criminal actions on his part? Meanwhile, Bob's teenage daughter, Madison, struggles to understand what this all means, both for her father and her family. She gets little help from her ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. However, it was not the insightful look into five women that I hoped. It was a somewhat interesting exploration of the largely "wealthy, privileged" world of uber-rich women who are dependent upon Wall Street men for their livelihood.

Lily, the character I was most intrigued by, fades rapidly into the background (and is largely defined by her relationship to her obnoxious boyfriend, Jackson).

Mother Isabel and daughter Madison are neither compelling nor interesting. The
Jaclyn Day
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Longer than it needed to be, but strong enough to keep pulling me through the story anyway. I wanted less Lily and more Isabel--a fascinating (though uneven) character.
Margaret Kelly
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-skimm
Ugh I wish this book, for being nearly 500 pages, was better than what it ended up being. I give the author credit for having the sketches of 3 or 4 good plot ideas for domestic rich people drama centered on the '08 stock market crash. Unfortunately, rather than focus on one or two plot threads, all of the ideas made their way into the book, resulting in undeveloped characters and dramatic scenes that lacked a punch.

There is a good book in here somewhere, but I think the author needed a better e
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of characters in this book to keep track of. At times it felt like the story was going to get a bit more emotional, but it would stray away and stay superficial. Slow story and in the end, there didn't seem to be enough of an finish. It was like waiting for an impact that didn't really hit with any substance. ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
The title of this book should be renamed to the Unnecessarily long book of rich people's problems. 500 pages of nothing. I can't even blame the author for subjecting me to this torture. I should have known better than to read this book when the authors of two of my least fav books from last summer (The Nest and Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty) raved about this nonsense. ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Boring. Hard to conjure any type of empathy for any of the characters. Motivations made no sense. Also way too long and meandering. Author definitely thought her writing deserved 450 pages, but I disagree. Hard pass.
Enchanted Prose
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Inside an outsider’s world (Greenwich CT, Manhattan and Shelter Island NY; summer before/months during the 2008 financial crisis, and aftermath): Weighing in at roughly 500 pages, The Little Racket makes a big splash, unfolding around the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression from a psychological angle. Actually five angles: five women whose provocative narratives constitute character studies. A privileged, complicated bunch ripe for book club analysis as they’ve either remade them ...more
Donna Hines
Money is the root of all evil .
Our roles to obtain it, how others view us and judge us with or w/o it, and how we go about being honest with ourselves for that piece of the pie is what we all wonder about in this crazy world.
Managing finances and dealing with troubled marriages and day to day issues is at the heart of it all.
What happens when we are all just one step away from financial ruins? Do we stick with it? Do we hide behind the truth? Do we blame or guilt trip the next "guy or gal"?
How w
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this 5 stars as the book covers topics that intrigue me and the author has a way of describing perspective from multiple individuals in a way that is unique. I felt like 5 perspectives were probably 1-2 too many to carry through the entire book. As other reviewers have noted, the ending seemed a little bit rushed however was very plausible. I would definitely read this again as I seem to gravitate towards books about the wives of financial titans.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this. It had tons of potential. Unfortunately, it dragged a bit in spots and was definitely too long. I would be interested in trying another book by this author in the future.
Oct 18, 2017 marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
I gave up at 232 pages. Books that make me angry every time I think about reading them have to go. A whole lot of words about absolutely nothing.
Lynn Sweet
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I hoped to like this book. It had potential...interesting subject. But I just couldn't get very enthused. The characters were over explained somehow, and not in a way that moved things along In a timely fashion. I wanted to finish the book...and I wanted it to end. ...more
Jeanette Kim
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
What self importance! Ugh.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a world I never thought I'd want to read an essay about, let alone a 500 page novel. But this author drew me in with her sharp observations and the way she made me care about these characters while never once letting them off the hook for their faults. I especially liked the way she told certain key events from multiple character's viewpoints. Not just their reactions, but what they thought in the exact moment she'd just highlighted through someone else's narrative. I've never read a boo ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kept me absorbed, fast read. Would compare it to Big Little Lies but with the financial crisis as a backdrop and no one is murdered. Would make a good tv series, hint hint...
Laura Cobrinik
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angelica Baker's "Our Little Racket" is one of the most entertaining and engrossing novels that I've rad in a long, long time. It takes place in "preppy," rich and "snooty" Greenwich, Connecticut. The book centers around the D'Amico family, mainly Bob, the father of four children, and the CE) of an Investment Bank on Wall street. The book takes place in 2008 when the stock market almost crashed.
Other families in Greenwich who appear in "Our Little Racket" are the neighbors who had been hired to
Heli Powell
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Financial ruin and wealthy families make this a great read. I did not like the characters so the author met the challenge of making me want to know what happens to them.
Mandy Jacobs
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
i thought this was just going to be some fluffy gossip for the subway commute, but it was so well written and had thoughtfully composed characters - and just the right amount of gossip.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Once I saw The Big Short, I almost understood the financial crisis. It's the ten year anniversary since things fell apart. Now that I've read Our Little Racket, all I understand is that arrogant people did boneheaded selfish things but it was hard to care about any of the women under pressure that their life in Greenwich CT, while their men worked on The Street, was about to be blown sky high. Everyone seemed to have bargained for what they got. All in all, the months of suspension regarding whe ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only 33 pages in and well, I just can't. I just can't bring myself to read another page hoping Our Little Racket gets better. Cliche all the way - stereotypical characters, boring dialogue, sophomoric descriptions. Author does not have an original thought, or any compelling insights. ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Our Little Racket! The scandal, gossip, and back-stabbing played out by the wealthy elite makes the novel a fun summer read, but it is also a unique and thoughtful view of the financial crisis fallout. And I love the compelling portrayal of the relationships among the five women it follows, and how they each consider their options and their own self-preservation...
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some lovely writing. This one got me thinking about the impacts that money and power can have on families and communities.
Christian Caminiti
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
smart, subtle and quietly disturbing. the opening of blue velvet in book form: a slow zoom-in on some handsomely manicured lawns that doesn't stop until you see everything rotting just beneath the surface. a must read for ppl interested in contemporary fiction. ...more
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Angelica Baker was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her fiction has appeared in One Teen Story and Violet, and her interviews and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, and Los Angeles Review of Books. She now lives in Brooklyn.

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