In another book soon to be turned into a movie by Reese Witherspoon (seriously, the girl’s got an eye for great fiction!), Opening Belle is a stellar read. A page-turning, smart, funny novel that’s also based on real life. Kinda.
Meet Maureen Sherry. High-flying investment banker-turned successful author and mother of four. After 12 years on Wall Street at Bear Stearns, which collapsed in 2008 during the global financial crisis, she’s penned a novel about – you guessed it – one woman’s experience in the boys’ club that is financial trading.
The writing is quick, clever and comedic. Stories of sexism are aplenty, and so are truly embarrassing (for men) tales of unprofessional, unsurprising and undoubtedly common behaviour. Example. Her first day on the job began with a welcoming gift: a pizza box filled with condoms. Unwrapped condoms, no less. And, after retuning from maternity leave, the “moo” sounds fellow traders made when she headed to the office bathroom to use her breast pump. And (brace yourself) the time a colleague drank a shot of breast milk on a dare. Delightful.
The book is in development with Reese Witherspoon, who’s got a reputation for taking some pretty great books and developing them for the big and small screens: Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, Big Little Lies…the list is long.
Read more about Maureen Sherry at maureensherry.com. And a great opinion piece from the author, A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk and Other Wall Street Tales, on The New York Times.