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Private Equity : 'A vivid account of a world of excess, power, admiration and status' - Carrie Sun

Private Equity

'A vivid account of a world of excess, power, admiration and status'

By: Carrie Sun

Paperback | 27 February 2024

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A gripping memoir of one womanâs self-discovery inside a top Wall Street firm, and an urgent indictment of privilege, extreme wealth, and work culture

When we meet Carrie Sun, she canât shake the feeling that sheâs wasting her life. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Carrie excelled in school, graduated early from MIT, and climbed the corporate ladder, all in pursuit of the American dream. But at twenty-nine, sheâs left her analyst job, dropped out of an MBA program, and is trapped in an unhappy engagement. So when she gets the rare opportunity to work at one of the most prestigious hedge funds in the world, she knows she canât say no. Fourteen interviews later, sheâs in.

Carrie is the sole assistant to the firmâs billionaire founder. She manages his work life, becoming the right hand to an investor who can move mountains and markets with a single phone call. Eager to impress, she dives headfirst into the firmâs culture, which values return on time above all else. A luxury-laden world opens up for her, and Carrie learns that money can solve nearly everything.

Playing the game at the highest levels, amid the ultimate winners in our winner-take-all economy, Carrie soon finds her identity swallowed whole by work. With her physical and mental health deteriorating, she begins to rethink what it actually means to waste oneâs life. A searing examination of our relationship to work, Carrieâs story illuminates the struggle for balance in a world of extremes: efficiency and excess, status and aspiration, power and fortune. Private Equity is a universal tale of self-invention from a dazzling new voice, daring to ask what weâre willing to sacrifice to get to the topâ"and what it might take to break free and leave it all behind.

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