Wolf Hustle: A Black Woman on Wall Street

Holt. Sept. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250816856. $28.99. MEMOIR
The memoir of an NYC-raised former Wall Street broker. As an ambitious 19-year-old, Fabré thought her new job as a cold caller for the brokerage firm VTR Capital was a step towards success. But then she learned firsthand that the field was rank with inequality and built on using the labor of women and people of color to prop up the careers of white male brokers. Fabré writes that grit—formed by a South Bronx childhood with a Haitian-born mother—helped her survive the boiler room and claw her way to becoming a high-powered broker herself. Her prose and attitude toward her career—and why she eventually left it—are no-nonsense and unblinkered, keeping her account engaging, whether she’s relating her childhood trick of reselling lunch tickets to fellow students or the over-the-top excesses of parties in the Hamptons.
VERDICT An absorbing, instructive look at the victories and pitfalls of a life driven by the hustle. The page space that Fabré devotes to her youth might frustrate those hoping for even more dirt on the Wall Street life, but it’ll strike a chord with readers who recognize her aspirations and yearnings.
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