In “Bond Girl” (William Morrow Paperback, $14.99), just released in paperback, Erin Duffy draws from her real life experience to show a side of Wall Street that is a little unexpected.
Alex Garrett has wanted to work on Wall Street since she was 8 years old. Her father worked for a large firm there and took Alex to work with him when she was a child. Alex went to the right schools, took all the right courses and landed a job on the sales floor of a prestigious firm, Cromwell Pierce.
On her first day, she is almost hit in the head by a football. There's no desk available for her, so she has to sit on a small folding chair, behind the desks of her colleagues.
Alex is one of only a handful of women in a male-dominated profession. She is given “gofer” assignments, such as carrying more than 100 pizzas from the first floor up to the office.
The hours are grueling with little reward, but Alex plugs on, despite her friends' pleas for her to quit. She finally makes it to associate, and her colleagues call her by her name, instead of referring to her as “Girlie.” But life on the street becomes terribly cruel, and she is forced to choose between her job and her integrity.
This is Duffy's debut novel, and with the stock market crash of 2008 as background, it makes for an intriguing read.
— Betty Lytle