The End of Normal by Stephanie Madoff Mack
A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

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5 Critic Reviews

A tertiary and not-terribly-sympathetic character tells her side of this modern-day Shakespearian tragedy.
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Synopsis

A New York Times bestseller, the explosive and heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and the daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff

When the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke, no one was more shocked than the members of his own family. Before then, Madoff’s son, Mark, and daughter- in-law, Stephanie, had built an idyllic life. Yet, while Mark’s thriving business was entirely separate from his father’s now notorious fund, he and Stephanie found themselves in the eye of the storm—and grappling with their own sense of betrayal. Mark refused to see or speak to his parents, and on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest, he hanged himself.

Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie tells the real story of her marriage to Mark, of being a part of the Madoff family, and of life for two years following her father-in-law’s arrest and incarceration. The End of Normal is a searing inside look at one of the most controversial stories of our time, and an extraordinary memoir of surviving personal tragedy amid public scandal.
 

About Stephanie Madoff Mack

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STEPHANIE MACK is the widow of Mark Madoff, who she married in 2004. In December 2008, her father-in-law, Bernard Madoff, was arrested for operating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. Stephanie worked previously at George magazine and for the fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, and since 2009 has been pursuing a master's degree in Child Life. She lives in New York City with her two children.
 
Published October 20, 2011 by Plume. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Nov 13 2011
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Critic reviews for The End of Normal
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Kirkus

Above average

A tertiary and not-terribly-sympathetic character tells her side of this modern-day Shakespearian tragedy.

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Independent.ie

Good
on Nov 05 2011

The book gives an intimate and harrowing account of Mark's two years of despair following his father's stunning revelation in December 2008 that his elite investment advisory business had been "one big lie".

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Huntington News

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on Jun 24 2012

...Stephanie Madoff Mack has crafted a touching love story memoir that will appeal to many readers.

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The National

Excellent

Emotions are clearly raw and, while that makes for juicy reading, there's also a perversity to it, given the tragic catalyst.

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International Business Times

Above average
on Oct 25 2011

Mack comes off as a woman who has found herself in over her head at times over the scandal, the ensuing mess, and her husband's suicide.

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