The End of Normal

The End of Normal

A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

Book - 2011
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When the news of Bernard Madoff 's Ponzi scheme broke, Americans were shocked and outraged, perhaps none more so than the unsuspecting members of his own family. After learning that their father's legendarily successful wealth management company was "all just one big lie," Mark and Andrew Madoff turned their father in and cut off all communication with both parents. Mark and his wife, Stephanie, strove to make a fresh start for the sake of their two young children, but Mark could not overcome his sense of betrayal and shame-he and other family members were sued for $200 million in October of 2009. He hung himself on the two-year anniversary of his father's arrest. Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie wrote this memoir to give them a sense of who their father really was, defend his innocence, and put her personal statement on record once and for all. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark on Nantucket, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew, adjusting to life with a man she hardly recognized anymore, and the tragic and final loss of her husband.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2011
ISBN: 9780399158162
0399158162
Branch Call Number: 364.163092 MACK
Additional Contributors: Jones, Tamara

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karen3737
Aug 31, 2015

Very informative of the trouble this evil man caused for his family

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StarGladiator
Feb 04, 2015

For a factual - - and honest - - take on Madoff and his family and his financial fraud, please read To Good To Be True, by Erin Arvedlund, who also wrote the finest book on the LIBOR rate rigging, Open Secret. [Madoff's wife and sons most certainly were aware of his crimes.]

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kimh454
Sep 16, 2014

A very well written book. If she writes more, I want to know so I can read it.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 24, 2012

A revealing book. A great read.
Thanks Stephanie for telling us the true side.
You are very brave and strong.

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ownedbydoxies
May 03, 2012

Another sad story coming out of the financial disaster of 2008, but this time the victims are Madoff's son and his wife. And, again, even though they were obviously close to Bernie Madoff, they seemingly had zero idea of what he was actually up to and how many lives he was ruining. At the same time, the entire family seems so emotionally destructive towards each other that it is hard to feel a lot of sympathy for any of them.

Demarcation Apr 05, 2012

A very haunting and sad read.

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