Fictional Money Anyone?
“I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain't it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That's too bad
In my dreams I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball” – Abba
Money, the root of all evil and we can’t live without out.
Here are a few fiction books that revolve around money, Honey...
The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers- This provocative novel just released in paperback perfectly captures the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall. Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce's belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation--unaware of his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception. New marriage vow: “From Penthouse to Prison?”
The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger- This book is definitely fiction but would fit right in with international money laundering and dirty politicians today. The TV rights were JUST sold so look for this to be a fabulous TV series soon! A couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang This feel-good sexy as hell novel is perfection! Stella Lane has Aspergers and begins quest to learn about love, ok actually sex, written by an author with autism. Did I mention that this book is both sensitive and fabulous and ridiculously HOT? It also perfectly conveys the power differential when the woman has money, a lot of money, and the man does not. Read the book and try to get Michael’s tattoo out of your mind.
My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley- This book is so damn witty that you just can’t help but laugh out loud. David is a college consultant to the wealthy, a sometimes exasperating career choice. His much younger boyfriend has just left him, and the beloved house he rents is being sold. Then, he gets a call from his ex-wife Julia. Yes, you read that right! Julia needs David’s help getting her daughter Mandy into college. She’s got her issues with love, housing and money. Julia has two whole months to come up with the money to buy her house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized. With so many one-liners you will laugh out loud and realize that the definition of family, home and money vary.
How To Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs- Alexia Arthurs has written a powerful book of short stories with tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, money and lack there of, ambition and regret. The stories navigate these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Most notable is the strength of the Jamaican women in each story as they support their families and define the immigrant experience.
Reporting by Andrea Peskind Katz of the Great Thoughts.literary blog and salon.