Meyers applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, The Widow of Wall Street, and reported the following:
From page 69:Learn more about the book and author at Randy Susan Meyers' website.Jake planned on being a millionaire before he hit thirty. When the baby came, they’d live in a house, not some crummy apartment, where just by sniffing the air you knew how much garlic Mrs. Lynchowski threw in her soup and whether she served sweet or sour pickles.The Widow of Wall Street is a ripped-from-the-headlines saga of the rise and fall of an American dynasty due to a man’s hunger for wealth, and his willingness to go to any lengths for success, and his wife’s struggle to redefine her life after learning it was nothing but a glittering chimera––one she never wanted to define her in the first place. From penthouse to prison, the story examines greed, love, loyalty and a betrayal that shocks a nation and rips apart a family.
Anyplace where your neighbors didn’t hear every time you farted.
Jake read real estate ads the way that some men read girly magazines. He’d already shoved plenty into his secret bank account, earmarked for their house, which he didn’t touch even when he borrowed the money from Red. His father-in-law could afford it.
Jake’s path led straight up, and nothing would stop him.
Page 69 above is an accurate presentation of the husband outlook at this moment in time, when he is just beginning his foray into the seamier side of finance. I wrote the novel from two points of view—the husband and the wife—which afforded me a double look at a marriage where neither partner reveals all, but where the husband is building secret illegal life that places their future in constant jeopardy.
In this scene, the husband is already using other people’s money to build the family’s future—a habit that grows to epic criminal proportions.
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