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Silver Girl: A Novel

August 5, 2011

Silver Girl: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand

The truth is that I didn’t have high hopes for this book because:

  1. I am a bit tired of the “Victim of XYZ retreats to Nantucket to lick her wounds with her former BFF” premise, and
  2. 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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 5:11 am

    I’ve wondered what this book is like. would take more than a summer to get through those issues! Sounds interesting. Well-written review.

  2. Leslie permalink
    August 5, 2011 7:36 am

    I’m endlessly fascinated by book titles and first lines. Does “Silver Girl” have some sort of resonance for you? Is it aptly named? Does the first line glide you into the story or plunge you into the action?

    • August 5, 2011 1:08 pm

      I don’t want to give too much away but “Sail on Silver Girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way.” is from a song by Paul Simon. And until now I’d never heard of this song or of these lyrics so maybe that’s why I wasn’t too thrilled with the title of this book…but it was a good book, despite my initial feelings!

  3. August 19, 2011 10:14 am

    I have heard a lot of good things about this book. It is on my list. I just need to get through The Help, which I love. Unfortunately I just can’t find the time to read it. It usually slips out of my sleeping hands about five minutes in.


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