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MAUREEN SHERRY

 

Opening Belle (2016)

 

Belle has a high-flying job on Wall Street but it’s still very much a boy’s club. The women working at her investment bank are hoping she’ll lead the charge to change the misogynistic environment. Meanwhile her seemingly unemployed husband, Bruce, hasn’t really taken over looking after the house or kids. And a new big-time client means that Belle will be dealing regularly with her former fiancé Henry. This story is set around 2008 as the financial markets were heading towards meltdown. I remember as a kid being bamboozled by the complicated chaos on a stockmarket trading floor and my knowledge of how it all works hasn’t really improved since. Sherry, who held a similar Wall Street position as her character, does her best to educate readers about the technical aspects and I actually enjoyed reading about the subprime mortgage lending practices more than Belle’s personal life dramas. It’s also hard to feel any sort of sympathy for a character who is struggling to get her life together while earning shitloads of money. 6/10

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