Bond Girl It's hard not to love a protagonist who confesses — on page 2, mind you — that she's suffering from a hangover after a night… Bond Girl It's hard not to love a protagonist who confesses — on page 2, mind you — that she's suffering from a hangover after a night… 2012-01-24 Fiction William Morrow
Book Review

Bond Girl (2012)

'BOND' TRADER Duffy uses her own experience working on Wall Street to pen a shrewd and sassy debut
'BOND' TRADER Duffy uses her own experience working on Wall Street to pen a shrewd and sassy debut
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 24, 2012; Writer: Erin Duffy; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: William Morrow

It's hard not to love a protagonist who confesses — on page 2, mind you — that she's suffering from a hangover after a night alone drinking too much pinot noir, watching Law & Order, and smoking a pack of Parliaments. That's our introduction to Alex Garrett, a whip-smart college grad toughing it out in a pressure-filled entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm in 2008, just as the country wobbles on the precipice of economic disaster. Duffy gives us a glimpse into a world most of us know nothing about, and as Alex grapples with self-doubt, an overload of male swagger (her colleagues simply call her Girlie), and a complicated office romance, she becomes a character you really, truly root for. Bond Girl is a sparkling debut, smart and snappy but never weighed down by financial terminology. Who knew Wall Street could be this much fun? A–

Originally posted Jan 18, 2012 Published in issue #1191 Jan 27, 2012 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners