Kate Brewster’s quest to become the first woman to run a Wall Street institution is about to come to fruition. Wooed away from a top job at a at a competing firm by Ed Roth with promises of breaking the glass ceiling when she succeeds him as the head of the investment bank Drake Carlson, Kate learns that she has real potential for the top spot. First, she must prove her worth by putting together an unconventional IPO for a small games maker whose most valuable, but unknown, asset may be a painting stolen from a Jewish family as they fled Austria after the Nazi invasion.
Kate’s professional challenges play out amid a family crisis: her husband’s company is imploding and he may have to relocate to a remote part of China to save even a small portion of his business. Her integrity is challenged when she’s accused of slowing down a deal to sell her husband’s company to divert the sizeable sales commission to Drake, her new company. As a result, Kate uncovers an illegal trading scheme involving her partners, and their downfall triggers another firm’s attempt at a hostile takeover of Drake.
Against seemingly impossible odds, Kate is able to strike a balance between the demands of the deal she is running and the right of a patriarch’s family to seek closure for wounds that date back generations.
“Offerings is both fast-paced and incisive, a compelling look at what it is like to be the winners and losers in the world of big-time financial deals, and a pleasure to read.” Scott Turow
“Reminiscent of Cynthia Ozick and Henry Roth, Offerings is a generous and intelligent gift full of clarity, beauty and integrity. A terrific story.”Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food For Millionaires
“Smolev’s insider knowledge puts a human face on the recent financial collapse. The characters draw you in, forcing your attention as things fall apart, A deft first novel.” David Corbett, award-winning author of Do They Know I’m Running?
“Offerings weaves a story of power, desperation and triumph from the deal room to the uber successful family on the verge of collapse. The characters are intensely human and from beginning to end you
will root them on!”Andy Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds