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Hedge Fund Wives

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  90 reviews
In this amazingly timely story about what the wealthy do when Wall Street lays an egg, the author of Gilding Lily once again delivers a witty and insightful treatment of today's woman, as she explores the sacrifices they make, the bargains they strike, the rules they follow, and what happens when it all starts to fall apart.

Who could have guessed that Wall Street would go
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2009)
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Anne Kadet
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Asinine. Predictable. I couldn't put it down.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Believe it or not, this is professional reading for me. The plot was predictable and the writing very average, but it was a fast read and a probably somewhat accurate portrait of this overly privileged world. This genre of novels of the world of wealthy financiers serve to allow the average reader to feel superior (the rich all cheat on their spouses, they are terrible parents, they have no real friendships), while devouring every last detail about the parties, the cars and the designer ...more
Hedge Fund Wives was a fast and interesting enough read. Books like these are my guilty pleasure and somehow I take an interest in looking into the lives of the rich and the richer.

Marcy is the protagonist which I immediately took a liking to. She struggles with very real situations that real life women can easily relate to. Despite her wealth, she remained humble and had a sympathetic and clear view of the world and it was interesting to see her battle against the facades of the supposed
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's a great read for art brokers living in NYC. Otherwise, just a glorified cat-fight.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a good read, and entertaining. It was clear to me from reading the book that the author has a capitalist bend- she definitely wasn't someone chanting "we are the 99 percent" in the late 2000's. There is something inherently evil about having billions of dollars, and spending it on shoes, when other people, who ironically live in the same city, are starving.
But apart from my political issues with the book, I thought that it tended to marginalize women despite the conclusion of the
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book immensely.
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Marcy and her husband, John Emerson are packing up and leaving their hom in the Windy city of Chicago and heading for New York City. John has been offered a really good job for a hedge fund company called Zenith Capital.

Now Marcy is being invited to some of the biggest parties including a baby shower for one of the other hedge fund wives. Caroline is the happy mother to be but don't go congratulating her as she is having the baby by surrogate. While attending the shower, Marcy meets Jillian
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Hedge Fun Wives is the second novel coming from Tatiana Boncompagni. It holds some resemblance to her first novel, in the fact that it’s about the rich, and the inner workings of their lives. This book overall to me was cheesy to say the least. And honestly, that wasn’t too bad of a thing.

Hedge Fund Wives is about a woman named Marcy and her husband named John. The two have been married for 5 years, their lives seeming to get better and better with each year. John starts working at a hedge fund,
Susan Becraft
Poor editing and fact checking

It is unlikely that Larry Ellison would read a book titled Hedge Fund Wives, but if he did, he would be surprised to learn that he was a co-founder of Apple. Not to dwell on one factual error, but Mr. Ellison is the founder of Oracle Corporation. He served on Apple's board for a short time. This book is filled with errors that a junior editor should have caught.

Reading this book in 2015 gives me the benefit of hindsight. I had the distinct feeling that the author
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is an OK read if you are looking for some mind candy and don't really want a challenging plot you may have to think about. It is amazingly predictable--you meet the characters and pretty much figure out what's going to happen to them right away. And the ending is so pat--the good people all live happily ever after and the bad people either get their comeuppance or see the error of their ways.

The author seems to resent rich people--all of the characters are morally bankrupt and/or
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book - and not the typical NYC socialite chic lit. Only because there was some interesting background info to the recession and the wall street industry. However, got a little detailed and above my brain. I did like the main character because she ends up being strong and not walked over. However, I sometimes wonder how these women in these books take it from these men! Are women really like that today?

I read on another review that someone didn't like the Warren character and I quote "What
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked this book better than the book, Ex-Mrs Hedge fund, even though the plots were almost identical. There was more drama and a faster pace to this. I liked the backdrop of the recession against all the excess.
What I did not like was the Warren character. I think he had too small a part to play. He seems great, the hero and then he falls and then he sneaks back in the end. I would have liked to see more of his relationship with Marcy. It is hard for me to believe that women today actually
Alice Rose
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
This was an OK read. That's all I can say about it really - it was OK. I didn't really feel much sympathy for Marcy, and I think that's probably the point of the book. I don't particularly care to read about men with too much money with wives who don't work. Also, being English, I have to admit I'm a little bit ignorant about the whole "Wall Street" thing, I don't really understand what sort of jobs these men do. I did enjoy the second half a little bit more, where Marcy started to stand on her ...more
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I will never be a Hedge Fund Wife. I will never have millions of dollars to decorate my apartment. But, no longer do I believe that all Hedge Fund Wives are like the women of "Real Housewives of New York City". Tatiana Boncompagni has written a great book at a real woman. A strong woman dealing with hard issues. Not only does Marcy Emerson survive, she thrives.

Hedge Fund Wives is a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed her engaging story and dynamic characters. I look forward to the next book she
Karlie Haywood
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hedge Fund Wives did surprise me in some ways by not being typical. I found myself waiting for the cringe-worthy mistakes a woman betrayed/hurt/scorned just can't help but make regarding those who hurt her because she just can't seem to help herself - she's just too forgiving, too trusting *swoon* Instead, Tatiana Boncompagni creates a strong female lead who I was rooting for instead of dreading her next move. All that being said, however, the book wasn't anything I would write home about. It ...more
Leigh Juliano
Jun 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a little brain candy.
Normally, I would have given a book like this two stars. It's total chick lit - "this is how the rich and famous live. These are the designer clothes they wear; these are the stylish places they visit; these are the expensive toys they have - - blah blah blah - don't we hate them for all they have and how empty they are . . .blah blah blah" But. It's June 1st and what better way to kick off summer than with a total beach read. This fit the bill perfectly.
Kristie Helms
Oct 04, 2009 rated it liked it
A book that was exactly what I needed it to be. Something to carry around on the train. Something to pick up and be able to dive right back into. The mentions of the designer clothing names and fancy restaurants left me a little in the dust. As did trying to figure out what she ever saw in the guy to marry him to begin with. But. You know... I did enjoy the nod to feminism in the end. Totally decent book.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read - set in New York City, it follows the lives of "hedge fund wives" who are married to ultra-wealthy financially savvy men. They struggle with fidelity, social hierarchy, children, and finding a place for themselves in the world of their husbands. Some of the women are definitely more worthy of being role models than others...but those others sure make the book extra saucy and hard to put down!
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This is a perfect summer read. There is nothing too demanding and it is well done for pure Chick Lit fluff. It is nice how the author gives us a different sort of character to like in Marcy. Of course after "settling" for a marriage that is merely a convenience of circumstance, Marcy find true love after she is humiliated by her husband's affair. Hedge Fund Wives is just a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Natalie Marie
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an easy, entertaining read that reminded me of an episode of Real Housewives. It was just what I was looking for - a light novel. yes the plot line is somewhat predictable but that doesn't mean it wasn't entertaining. Four stars because I enjoyed reading this book and pretending I was a part of the hedge fund world.
Jun 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-read
The book was ok, simply because it was very predictable, kinda cheesy and a bit cliche. Also I felt that there were lots of technical details about hedge funds that did not seem necessary to advance the plot, but instead just caused me to skip over them. I felt as if there were to many characters at times, leading to some confusion. Quick read.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a laugh
The book is about a wholesome midwestern wife transported to New York City with her husband when he gets a job at a hedge fund, and all her adventures trying to fit in, and ultimately learning to fit in on her own terms.
The book is fairly predictable and has a fairy-tale ending. So if you're reeling from a divorce, I would not recommend it because real life doesn't end as this book does.
Sorta Southern Single Mom
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. It's worth the read, but it was just too far from my reality for me to connect with the characters. And, since it's all about me anyway, I couldn't help but think how nice it would have been to "start over" after my own divorce with THAT kind of money! :)
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
This a quick read, which took me into the world of some of the
wealthiest people in our country. It exposes the excessive
materialism, shallowness, feelings of entitlement, and obsession with wealth and status which permeate this world. Written through the eyes of a Minnesotan woman, it was easy to understand her departure from these values and behaviors.
Deb Krill
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it
A quick fun read, this book gives all the juicy details of the lives of women who marry the rich, funny, sad, and some lovable characters, the plot could have come from the real housewives reality show, which I don't watch for various reasons. I am glad I bought this off the bargain shelf, I enjoyed the book but would not have paid full price for it.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Entertaining, in a narcissistic view from overindulgent personified monologue. This book was pretty sexist in implying a woman's value depreciates with age where a man's value appreciate with age.

The last few chapters had some redeeming qualities depicting women in a more competent manor and actually providing for themselves. Hence the three starts, or it would have been a one star rating.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Predictable chick lit. Fast read with some entertaining passages... And some that are so awkward you want to pull the blanket over your head and hide. Exactly what I expected when I began the book with some smart, witty comments and economic insights and cultural assessments that are dead on.
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 25-books-in-2010
Love. Love. Love.

I loved this book. A perfect easy lake/beach read. Loved the characters. You see things coming but you like when it happens because you can't wait to see how it develops.

Perfect example of how fun chic lit truly is.
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Tatiana Boncompagni is the author of SOCIAL DEATH, a mystery set on the Upper East Side, and two women's fiction novels: GILDING LILY and HEDGE FUND WIVES.

Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, Marie Claire, Town & Country and Vogue.

Tatiana graduated magna cum laude from the School of Foreign Service