The Underwriting / Novel
In this sexy debut novel, a high-stakes deal pitches the power of wall street against the savvy of silicon valley—until a young woman’s death threatens to topple it all.
The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street in The Underwriting, as it takes you behind closed doors into a post-recession world of sex scandals, power plays, and underhanded dealings.
Todd Kent is young, hot, and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its IPO. Given just two months to pull it off, Todd and his investment banking team—brainy Neha, party-boy Beau, and old college flame Tara Taylor—race to close the $14 billion deal of the decade. It’s the chance of a lifetime for Tara, too, who sees her opportunity to break through the glass ceiling and justify six years of sacrifices for her career. But nothing is what it seems in Silicon Valley, and when tragedy strikes Stanford University’s campus, there’s no telling where the sparks will fly.
What the critics are saying…
Michelle Miller’s debut novel reads like a salacious, ripped-from-the headlines tell-all of Manhattan’s young, wealthy, and uber-successful. From the very first page, I felt like I’d met these characters in real life: Todd, the hot, rich, d-bag banker; Tara, the striver perfectionist who can’t quite please everyone; Kelly, the good girl with a secret, and Josh, the creepy savant genius who just might change the world. What do they all have in common? A certain location-based hookup app that alters each of their lives in shocking ways. Get ready to settle in-you won’t be able to put down this book.
Reading this book was such a thrill, I was as sleep deprived as Michelle Miller’s Adderall-fueled characters but having way more fun. Like a digital age Edith Wharton, Miller brilliantly chronicles the clash of cultures between high finance and high tech with perfect intricacy and nuance. Hilarious, exhilarating, and so, so clever.
The Underwriting offers a tantalizing glimpse into the boardrooms and bedrooms of the young financiers and entrepreneurs behind a Silicon Valley IPO. Both a corporate thriller and an exposé of two generation-defining worlds, I found it both sexy and smart. I was hooked from start to finish.
The Underwriting is the best one night stand I’ve ever had. Witty, sexy and sharp—I’d definitely call the next day. An authentically-hip novel with razor sharp characters which make it (in banking terms) a STRONG BUY.
Combine[s] the best of Millenial technologies and Wall Street greed . . . Readers will find this a quick, entertaining read.
A more intricate Devil Wears Prada for the tech generation.
The Underwriting rolls out an irresistible tale about those narcissistic characters you read about who ride the waves between Wall Street and Silicon Valley and inflict us all with their dreams of riches and fame.
Reading this book was better than snorting a key bump of Adderall. I hated how much I loved it.