Saturday, April 7, 2012

Flipping by Mary A. Ellenton

Flipping, a tantalizing first novel from Mary Ellenton, reveals the classic American Dream turned American Nightmare.

Fay Famaghetti is ready for a change. She realizes that she is meant for something beyond the drudgery of working in her family’s Italian restaurant business. When she moves from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York to suburban Long Island, a unique opportunity in the traditionally male dominated profession of mortgage refinancing presents itself and self-assured Fay decides to go for it.

Willfully seduced by the greed of the era and prospering in the murky waters of a corrupted system, Fay quickly gets in over her head while mixing business with pleasure within the treacherous industry that helped tumble the world’s greatest economy.

 Wow! When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought it would be a light, fluffy chick-lit book.  I was so wrong and I'm so glad! Flipping journey's a few years in the life of Fay Famaghetti.  She is tired of the restaurant business so she leaps at the opportunity to become a real estate broker.  Remember back in before the recession when housing was booming? That's where Fay decides she is gonna get rich quick and damn anything in her way, including her husband.  She begins a fling with her mentor, who already has a girlfriend.  When the blocks start to tumble down around her head, Fay has to pay the price for her selfishness and greed.  But will the cost be too high?

Ellenton's Fay is realistic and modern - easy to vision and relate able.  I'm sure most of us have met a "Fay" at some point in our lives.  I was really intrigued with the real estate world, the way that Ellenton wrote it.  Normally, it isn't something that would hold my attention, but I understand so much more now and am thankful for it.  The story is a little long, but the writing is strong and seamless.  If you're looking for a new beach read this summer, pick up Flipping!

1 comment:

  1. The cover is funny! thank you for posting great books..


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