“This book is worth reading, not as a story of continued vulgarity, of sexual aggression and inequality, of suppression and litigation, but as a rarely published glimpse into a real working environment, into the working and personal lives of both genders in the strata of Wall Street. Zealots will say this is all wrong: manifest greed run amok again. Instead, perhaps, it is further proof of our unique manifest destiny on this bountiful continent. Maureen Sherry has written forcefully and creatively about success. It is time to stop whining and complaining, and to recognize that America is great because of its industrious citizens, even those in finance.” Read the review here.
– The University Bookman Review
“After reading “Opening Belle,” I still can’t tell you the difference between a C.M.O. and a C.D.O., but I do know that being a high-powered woman on Wall Street, the sole breadwinner for three young children and the wife of a man who resents you for your success is a nightmare. Throw in a gorgeous ex-boyfriend and a work environment so hostile and sexist that it makes a frat party feel like Gloria Steinem’s powder room, and you’ve got this “I don’t know how she does it” first novel from Sherry, a former managing director at Bear Stearns who, lucky for us, didn’t sign a nondisclosure agreement when she resigned after 10 years with the company.” Read the review here.
– The New York Times Book Review
Maureen Sherry in The Times (London)
“The she-wolf of Wall Street”
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“Compulsively readable…a cheeky—and at times, romantic—battle-cry for any woman who’s ever strived to have it all and been told by a man that she couldn’t.” Read the article
Fox News Interviews Maureen (February 10, 2016)
Maureen is a guest on Closing Bell (February 8, 2016)
When Leaving Is the Only Option
In fiction and in life, the archetype of the woman who quits her job over sexism at work is all too common.
“Opening Belle does a powerful job illustrating just how fruitless it can seem to try to change a longstanding sexist environment… While many women have gone outside the dated, discriminatory models in sexist industries to excel, often via smaller, boutique firms, the influence and power of industry giants within these fields remains unparalleled. These organizations, too, desperately need to change to insure that men and women have equal opportunities to achieve success. Perhaps the external pressure from women who’ve left to start their own companies and tell their own stories, like Sherry, will play a role in making that happen.” Read the article
“The Wolf of Wall Street meets his Little Red Riding Hood in Maureen Sherry’s debut novel, “Opening Belle.” What’s Red got in her basket? Knives sharpened during the years that Sherry worked at Bear Stearns. And what big teeth she has! Every chapter is stuffed fatter than a tycoon’s billfold with details scurrilous and sexist.” Read the article
—The Washington Post
#1 Trending Story in the New York Times on 1-24-16
The New York Times published Maureen’s OpEd piece, “A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk and Other Wall Street Tales.” Read the article
Reaction from around the globe:
“FROM being handed a pizza topped with unwrapped condoms on her first day to having a co-worker drink her breast milk from the fridge, this Wall Street trader saw it all. Now she has revealed just what it was like being one of the top female players in a man’s game. Maureen Sherry said she only realised just how bad things really were for women in her industry after she had children and “gained perspective” following more than a decade in banking.” —The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Australia Read the article
An instant hit on Instagram, via Reese Witherspoon!
Variety—Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard banner is developing a film adaptation for Warner Bros. of Maureen Sherry Klinsky’s upcoming novel Opening Belle with an eye to Witherspoon starring. Read the article.
Reese Witherspoon’s busy slate get even more packed with news that the actor and producer will be taking on an adaptation of Opening Belle, a yet-to-be-released novel from Maureen Sherry Klinsky. Read the article.
Check out the February 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Cosmo Reads, for their take on Maureen Sherry’s Opening Belle!
The Huffington Post: Why Women Need to Stick Together at Work, by Emily Peck “It’s hard to read Maureen Sherry’s account of how women were treated at investment bank Bear Stearns. It’s almost even more heartbreaking to read how they treated each other.The few women who managed to get hired at the once-prestigious Wall Street firm were mercilessly hazed by their male colleagues, Sherry writes in a piece published in The New York Times this weekend.” Read the article