Cristina Alger is so good, you just know she's an inside trader - as intimately familiar with the inner workings of Wall Street investment banks as she is with haute Manhattan social life. She's also a gifted storyteller. The Darlings is an utterly compelling novel, as knowing about family as it is about money and social status
For those who have only gazed up at the palatial residences of Manhattan, this is a glimpse from the penthouse down
Fits somewhere between the novels of Dominick Dunne . . . and Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities
Two parts Too Big to Fail, one part The Devil Wears Prada, Alger's debut is taut and compelling.