A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life
Blue Rider Press
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Featuring: Stephanie Madoff; Mark Madoff
Hardcover / e-Book
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An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark
Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first
genuine inside story from a family member who has lived
through—and survived—both the public crisis and her own
deeply personal tragedy.
When the news of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme broke,
Americans were shocked and outraged, perhaps none more so
than the unsuspecting members of his own family. After
learning that their father's legendarily successful wealth
management company was "all just one big lie," Mark and
Andrew Madoff turned their father in and cut off all
communication with both parents. Mark and his wife,
Stephanie, strove to make a fresh start for the sake of
their two young children, but Mark could not overcome his
sense of betrayal and shame—he and other family members were
sued for $200 million in October of 2009. He hung himself on
the two-year anniversary of his father's arrest.
Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie
wrote this memoir to give them a sense of who their father
really was, defend his innocence, and put her personal
statement on record once and for all. In this candid insider
account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark on
Nantucket, what it was really like to be a part of the
Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the
media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the
fairytale life she knew, adjusting to life with a man she
hardly recognized anymore, and the tragic and final loss of
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