On the Floor by Aifric Campbell

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...Geri’s self-aware reenactment of Wall Street...is a heart-pounding ride.
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"The smartest financial novel since The Bonfire of the Vanities, and the first with a fully drawn female heroine."—Frank Partnoy, bestselling author of F.I.A.S.C.O.: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader and Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

Longlisted for the Orange Prize

A hard-living investment banker has three days to decide her destiny in this thrilling novel.

It has been 182 days of vodka and insomnia since Geri Molloy got dumped. A twenty-eight-year-old investment banker with a rare knack for numbers, Geri counts the days since her breakup with the same determination that has made her serious capital on her firm's London trading floor. But it is January of 1991, and war in the Middle East is about to shake up the markets—and maybe also change the course of her career.

The firm's biggest client is Felix Mann, a reclusive hedge fund manager in Hong Kong, who will only talk to Geri. But Geri is being pushed to her breaking point, and several rivals are hungry for a seat at the table. When she finds herself caught up in a high-stakes takeover, Felix is game for the power play—but his price tag is Geri's future.

At once fiercely intelligent and utterly gripping, Aifric Campbell's On the Floor is a sharp-edged story about love and money, the cruel appraisals we make of one another, and what it really means for a woman to take control of her life.


About Aifric Campbell

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AIFRIC CAMPBELL spent thirteen years at Morgan Stanley, where she became the first woman managing director on the London trading floor. She left to take a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of East Anglia and currently teaches at Imperial College, London. Aifric’s writing has been awarded a fellowship at UCLA and residencies at Yaddo. She now lives in Sussex with her husband and son.
Published June 25, 2013 by Picador. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

on Apr 08 2013

...Geri’s self-aware reenactment of Wall Street...is a heart-pounding ride.

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Reviewed by A. J. Kirby on Jun 25 2013

This was a fascinating read—sometimes terrifying, often witty, always engagingly written. Judging from this debut, you can bank on Ms. Campbell to produce wonderful results in the future.

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