The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

by Stephanie Madoff Mack

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A New York Times bestseller, the explosive and heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and the daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff

When the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke, no one was more shocked than the members of his own family. Before then, Madoff’s son, Mark, and daughter- in-law, Stephanie, had built an idyllic life. Yet, while Mark’s thriving business was entirely separate from his father’s now notorious fund, he and Stephanie found themselves in the eye of the storm—and grappling with their own sense of betrayal. Mark refused to see or speak to his parents, and on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest, he hanged himself.

Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie tells the real story of her marriage to Mark, of being a part of the Madoff family, and of life for two years following her father-in-law’s arrest and incarceration. The End of Normal is a searing inside look at one of the most controversial stories of our time, and an extraordinary memoir of surviving personal tragedy amid public scandal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101559222
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/20/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 110,308
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

STEPHANIE MADOFF MACK is the widow of Mark Madoff, whom she married in 2004. She worked at George magazine and for the fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, and since 2007 has been pursuing a master’s degree as a Child Life Specialist and working at Mount Sinai Hospital. She lives in New York City with her two children.

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The End of Normal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
Marsha Whitaker More than 1 year ago
This book was so personal and told in such a touching way from a wife, mother, daughter-in-law and unfortunately, young widow. I found every word she wrote to be believable and told out of a great love for her husband.
Christine72 More than 1 year ago
This book was both very easy and very difficult to read. The writing style made it a quick, easy read. However, the content was heavy, personal, believable, and sad. I commend her for writing it. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly a story of love, heart-break, and tragedy. Stephanie shares her experience with a rawness and authenticity rarely found in non-fiction. I highly recommend. It is riveting. You feel in the moment as you read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Refreshing truth in a bed of lies. A love story and tragedy an hope all in one.
leesie More than 1 year ago
Such a well told & even handed book. It didn't seem sensationalized in any way. You felt every one of her emotions from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down...finished it in a day.
Carolanne Viola More than 1 year ago
Very good story line. Glad to find out the truth instead of listening to the media. Read the book in 24 hours.
ABookAWeek More than 1 year ago
If you've been following this saga then you will find this perspective touching.
Laura Toth More than 1 year ago
I was facinated by this story. I read the book in 24 hours. Knowing as I read that this was all a true story in the eyes of this mother, wife, daughter, and widow astounds me
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
Great read, touching story. finished it in a few hours
Mary Spivey More than 1 year ago
This book was well-written and felt honest. I applaud the author for being forthcoming and opting to tell a side of the Madoff tragedy that has been repeatedly downplayed in the media circus. This book was hard to put down. Hopefully, it will remind people of the other true losses that Bernie caused - the ones that do not begin with a dollar sign. Even though the financial losses were horrific, the toll on innocent people was much worse.
Beth Clark More than 1 year ago
This book gives a different insight into the devastation that media and public perception can bring. It was a courageous step to share these events and hopefully it will remind people that things arent always how they seem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with trepidation. It tells the story of a man with no conscience who had everyone fooled for a very long time. I have doubts that Mrs. Madoff wasn't aware of goimngs on but I believe the assertion that Mark & Andy were not aware. If you want to get the basic info on this story I recommend you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly loved this book. Yes, it was sad but I really felt like I was listening to a best friend while reading this. The book is very well written and gives the reader a detailed look into the Madoff's privileged life. Stephanie's portrayal of Ruth and Bernie Madoff is so eerie and I felt sick when she described how unemotional and remorseless they both were prior, during, and after the scandal broke. Very tragic story but I think she did a beautiful job of writing a book that her children can be proud of after all they have been through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't help but cry when I read this book. God bless them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved her story even though it had a painful ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book.....such an amazing woman
jessylynn More than 1 year ago
A compelling and heartbreaking story. Couldn't put the book down. I admire her strenght and her eagerness to move forward for her own and her children's sake. I wish her the best and I hope she can find happiness again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of how often in life, things are not exactly as they appear. I am impressed by this woman for surviving so much, maintaining her voice and sharing her painful truth with readers.
NilaP More than 1 year ago
I was an absolute awe of this book! It's a terrible tragedy, but so beautifully written. I couldn't put this book down. I hope Stephanie writes more in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I have not finished the book, what I have read has left me astounded. As a person who has also lost a loved one, the realness in the emotions she relates about her grief and loss are so intense that I could feel them surging through me again. She writes with an open heart and lets the reader see deep into the tragedy of her family. Stephanie has done a wonderful and mesmerizing job and I would like to commend her for the strength and courage that she had to rally to put her and her husband Mark’s story down for everyone to read and realize that they are victims to Bernie’s betrayal just the same, and that the “one big lie” engulfed and deprived an undeserving husband and father of his life. This is Mark’s story intertwined with Stephanie’s and I’m sure like many before me, I can not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This well laid out and not tabloid fodder of pretend reality. It's about relationships, tragedy, and putting the pieces back together. It's not how the ponzi scheme worked or why Bernie Madoff did what he did. I believe anyone who has had a tragedy happen in their lives will relate to this book. It is sooo not about the money; it is life's tragic turns that leave you reeling and totally unprepared for the ricochete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down. I read it in a few hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephanie is very courageous and a sure survivor. What an incredible story and inspiration to have stood by her husband through a horrendous ordeal. She is a strong young woman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating sad story. Very well written by a brave young woman! Read it in one go in about 4 hours. Could not lay it away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written....yet such a very sad story. I feel for Stephanie and her children.