Suits by Nina Godiwalla
A Woman on Wall Street

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No class can prepare anyone for a career on Wall Street. While others in Nina Godiwalla's Persian-Indian immigrant community were content to fulfill their parents'dreams, Nina's fierce ambition pulled her from Houston to New York to become a banker. The rarified taste of power left her hungry for more. 

Showered with Broadway tickets and ferried around in sleek black town cars, Morgan Stanley recruits led a fast and flashy lifestyle, but at a steep cost. In a world where strip clubs took the place of conference rooms, Nina was driven to fit the mold of her fellow recruits: wealthy, white, and male. But would she have to lose her Southern accent and suppress her family's heritage to prove her worth on the trading floor?  Nina Godiwalla offers a behind-the-scenes look at the recklessness that ruled Wall Street during the dot-com boom days.

But Suits is also a story of the family Nina left behind: a story of fathers and daughters, the pursuit of honor, swapping your grandmother's shrimp curry for takeout sushi and cocktails. A vibrant snapshot of an immigrant family with big dreams, Suits reveals how much we've been conditioned to trade for success.
 

About Nina Godiwalla

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Nina Godiwalla has written for the Houston Chronicle, Austin Business Journal and the Washington Post. Before founding MindWorks, which teaches professionals meditation and stress management, she worked for Morgan Stanley and Johnson & Johnson. She lives in Austin, Texas.
 
Published February 28, 2011 by Atlas. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Wishing to distinguish herself from her sisters, the author looked to Wall Street as the sole means to earning her father’s respect: “I became fixated on the idea that money would not only allow me to live by my own rules but also, down the road, win the love of my father, who was still in awe of...

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street

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Perhaps the most frightening thing about Suits is that it’s not a piece of fiction — it’s a no-holds-barred account of Nina Godiwalla’s Wall Street experiences (Morgan Stanley, to be precise).

Dec 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street

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