Silver Girl: A Novel
Silver Girl: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand
The truth is that I didn’t have high hopes for this book because:
- I am a bit tired of the “Victim of XYZ retreats to Nantucket to lick her wounds with her former BFF” premise, and
- The title and cover of this book are a bit too reminiscent of Danielle Steel to appeal to me.
But since it’s Ramadan and I need all the distraction I can get, I decided to overlook these two strikes and I checked this book out from the library.
Silver Girl is the story of Meredith – a woman dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s extensive Bernie Madoff-style crimes. With her assets seized, all communication with her sons at an SEC-mandated standstill, and her husband Freddy on his way to prison for 150 years, Meredith finds she has nobody else to turn to for help but her childhood friend Connie.
Naturally, despite Meredith’s absence during the past few years as Connie dealt with her husband’s death from cancer, Connie still comes to Meredith’s rescue and she allows Meredith to accompany her to Nantucket where both women spend the summer attempting to recover from their own issues related to betrayal and loss.
In some ways this is the typical formulaic Hilderbrand book: beautiful descriptions of the idyllic island, long-lost friends hashing out their differences, and the rekindling of first loves. But what fascinated me was Hilderbrand’s idea to address the aftermath of Freddy’s Ponzi scheme from a completely different point of view: the point of view of his wife. And thanks to the author’s ability to address the subject thoughtfully and carefully, I now have a newfound insight – and sympathy - into the lives of all of the victims of such crimes.
Bottom Line: Sure this book is a fictionalized account of the realities of today’s Wall Street, but readers will be fascinated by the unique point of views, the timely subject matter, and the easy writing style. Even those who, unlike me, aren’t trying to pass time until they can eat again.