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This is the story of young men, princes all. Too much money. Too much freedom. They thought it would never end. Looking back on a Wall Street career that began with great success and ended with a precipitous crash, Rooney tells the story of how he and a group of other young turks made it to the top in the financial world and then, one by one, took a fall. For some, it was tragic; for others, it was the simple but bruising act of yielding to a life of mediocrity. For Rooney, however, it became a lifelong struggle to maintain a sense of dignity and to cling to the illusion of the life he once led.
Stunning in its acute observations about great wealth and its absence, and deeply moving in its depiction of the ways in which these young men learn to cope with both extremes, The Fall of Princes takes readers on a journey that is both starkly revealing and dazzlingly entertaining, a true tour de force.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-01
- Reviewer: Staff
The unapologetic excesses of America’s hedonistic 1980s are embodied in Goolrick’s (Heading Out to Wonderful) egotistical protagonist, and this new novel is an addictive slice of semiautobiographical fiction. Goolrick’s unnamed hero is a young, wealthy, arrogant Wall Street commodities trader with a merry band of young millionaire coconspirators in the BSD (big swinging dick) club. His profligate lifestyle, bloated by luxury, drugs, transcontinental parties, and casual sex (“before the plague,” that is), began while he expertly climbed the ranks at his firm where, at 31, he was soon able to “trade shit for silk.” The novel’s jumpy time line artfully and gleefully juxtaposes his lush lifestyle with the immediate adjustment to his shocking job termination, divorce, and defeated return to being “almost a nonperson” in mainstream society. The ascending years spent lavishing in the riches afforded by his livelihood on Wall Street are beautifully peppered with morally authoritative meditations on the specter of AIDS in the 80s (“suddenly, love is fatal”), the interchangeable cultures of excess and dearth, and his new life as a bookstore clerk. As if exorcising the demons of his past, Goolrick vividly plumbs the depths of fortune and regret. The result is a compulsively readable examination of the highs and lows of life in the big city. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (Aug.)