In this Pygmalion tale of a novelist turned bond trader, Martha McPhee brings to life the greed and riotous wealth of New York during the heady days of the second gilded age. India Palmer, living the cash-strapped existence of the writer, is visiting wealthy friends in Maine when a yellow biplane swoops down from the clear blue sky to bring a stranger into her life, one who will change everything.The stranger isWin Johns, a swaggering and intellectually bored trader of mortgage- backed securities. Charmed by Indiaas intelligence, humor, and inquisitive natureaand aware of her near-desperate financial situationaWin poses a proposition: aGive me eighteen months and Iall make you a world-class bond trader.a Shedding her artistas life with surprising ease, India embarks on a raucous ride to the top of the income chain, leveraging herself with crumbling real estate, never once looking back . . .Or does she? With a light-handed irony that is by turns as measured as Claire Messudas and as biting as Tom Wolfeas, Martha McPhee tells the classic American story of people reinventing themselves, unaware of the price they must pay for their transformation.Lily Starr was in the paper for buying a million-dollar house in Amagansett: aNew Starr of Literary World Builds Nest ... The airwaves sang of the abiding enterprise: home improvement shows, househunting shows, gut-renovation shows, anbsp;...
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