Posted Thursday night, September 20, 2018.
Barry Cohen, the hedge fund manager who’s the main character of Gary Shtenytgart’s new novel “Lake Success” , has had a screaming fight with his normally even-tempered, cool-headed wife…
Barry recoiled. This was exactly how he pictured his banker buddies’ marriages, ungrateful women screaming at stupefied men over absolutely nothing. Once, when he was still huffing his way up the VP-MD axis at Goldman, he had gone to a party at Greenwich manse, and the architect who had designed the house was there on the veranda completely shit-faced. Barry asked him the secret of his success, and the architect had pointed at the lawns full of glimmering couples beneath them and said, “I have the easiest job in the world. Bankers. The same four houses, the same four cars, the same four wives.” He took another drunken look at Barry in his loafers and Moncler sweater and said, “Here’s my card.”
---from “Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart.