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Private Equity by Carrie Sun
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Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593654996

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“[Sun is] a keen observer of [wealth’s] subtleties and signifiers . . . The first chapters of the book engage in a form of concealment and restraint—the sort of writing that seems fitting for someone who succeeds in a job that demands compartmentalization and competence . . . As Sun starts to come apart under the pressure of her job, the writing gets more fragmented, and more experimental . . . There is a beautifully written section, catalyzed by a weeklong vacation to China, in which Sun offers a portrait of her parents during and after the Cultural Revolution, and tries to make sense of the volatile home she was raised in . . . It’s a smart structure, and well-executed: just as Sun’s self-abnegation becomes unsustainable, her writing breaks loose. The maneuver is unusually stylish for a memoir.” —Anna Wiener, The New Yorker

“A riveting, thoughtful memoir delving into questions around the psychological and physical cost of burnout and coming of age in the workplace. [Private Equity] surfaces deeper questions around what it means to be successful in America—and whether it’s actually worth it.” Fortune

“[Sun’s] awakening feels hard-won, and she captures the hollow cultishness that crept over white-collar New York in the Obama years, when Gordon Gekko types started going to SoulCycle. Indeed, the same qualities that nearly reduced her to an automaton have made her an astute, punctilious narrator.” —Harper’s Magazine

“An enthralling memoir about self-discovery, and a look at the dark side of extreme wealth and today’s work culture.” Cosmopolitan

“[Sun’s] book is about career burnout and the hollowness of pursuing money, but it is also a satisfying story about a brilliant woman moving from self-doubt to self-confidence.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Carrie Sun’s memoir, about her experience working for a billionaire hedge fund tycoon, might read like fiction, but it all happened to her. It’s not only a funny, revealing, and exciting read, it’s also a fascinating look inside one of the world’s most secretive and powerful industries.” Town & Country
“A penetrating but all the more necessary critique of extreme wealth and toxic work culture as [Sun] questions what it really means to waste one’s life.” Oprah Daily, The Most Anticipated Books of 2024

“Wonderful . . . If you’re a fan of everything from Ishiguro to Michael Lewis, this book is worth checking out.” —Jay Caspian Kang, Time To Say Goodbye

“Piercing and propulsive. Carrie Sun’s examinations of this most rarified stratum are nuanced and poignant. Private Equity is a young woman’s reckoning, set at the summit of money and power that asks the most universal of questions: how much of ourselves do we owe our family and work and how do we find the courage to make our days our own?” —Stephanie Danler, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetbitter
Private Equity is an extraordinarily gripping and revelatory journey through a world we rarely get to glimpse, despite its influence on our lives. But it is also a moving story of how easily a life can be submerged by work, and what it takes to regain one’s soul.” —Oliver Burkeman, New York Times bestselling author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
“Incisive, sharp, and utterly compelling, Carrie Sun’s memoir is a damning portrait of the finance industry and one woman’s harrowing journey through it. She captures with incredible precision the tunnel vision that wealth and privilege provides—as well as the disillusionment and burnout that can follow. Private Equity gives us an opportunity to reflect on our own relationships to work, and to think about how we might make a different way in the world.” —Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream
“Carrie Sun’s nuanced and shocking memoir depicts a woman’s rise in a high finance dystopia where an employee’s life is never private and nothing is equitable. Private Equity is the account of years of leashed efficiency that left her a wild and breaking heart and, eventually, the courage to speak its bitter, unsparing truth.” —Honor Moore, author of Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury
“A fascinating memoir, tense and exciting, taking us inside a rarefied kingdom that, more than we’d like to admit, controls our lives. I highly recommend it.” —Phillip Lopate

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