‘Opening Belle’ by Maureen Sherry has been optioned by Reese Witherspoon, and knowing this factoid, I automatically just imagined Reese as Isabelle, the main character in this book. Isabelle is a humorless bore, and I hope Reese infuses her charm to make the character come alive in the film. As a book, ‘Opening Belle’ is confused: it is part working woman tale, part Wall Street morality tale, and even a little bit Norma Rae-ish woman’s equality tome. It’s all so boring. Halfway through the book, when Isabelle starts talking about bonds and sub prime mortgage, I knew exactly where the book was headed (so no surprises there) I cannot believe how unsympathetic Isabelle is: a lot of times I found myself taking the side of whoever is making her life miserable. I used to work with women like this main character: and they are all insufferable. This book is just as bad.
If you want a more entertaining Woman On Wall Street book, go for Erin Duffy’s Bond Girl.