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Suite Francaiseby Irene Nemirovsky
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Karen Blumenthal, like most people, is mystified by the stock market. Just why is it, she wonders, that seemingly good news can send a stock plummeting and bad news can send it skyrocketing again?
In Grande Expectations, she shows how money is made and lost by following one of America's hottest growth stocks, Starbucks, through a year of rapid store openings, fancy new drinks, and clever promotions, revealing how the many players--big and small investors, company management, analysts, and the media--propel its shares up and down.
Blumenthal pulls back the curtain on the stock market to expose its quirks and inner workings, from the power of a penny of earnings and the unexpected impact of a stock split to the image-enhancing effects of a brand of bottled water. With a fly-on-the-wall, character-driven narrative, Grande Expectations not only makes investing interesting but also will help you make smarter and savvier investing choices by:
-Understanding how big pension and mutual fund managers decide whether to buy more Starbucks--or dump it
-Seeing the unique ways that analysts and other finance professionals assess an investment--dissecting not only the numbers but also the company's management, demographics, and global opportunities
-Learning how Starbucks executives manage our expectations and keep excitement percolating about the business--and the stock
-Watching how a stock is traded and how that might affect your buying or selling
-Gleaning how multibillion-dollar private hedge funds make money on infinitesimal changes in a stock's price
-Entering the dark, strange world of the short sellers
-Realizing how different people can make absolutelyopposite bets and all still come out ahead
You'll come away with new insights into how the stock market really works--the power of expectations, stock buybacks, and profits--and explore Starbucks' phenomenal growth and whether it is sustainable. By unraveling the market's mysteries, Grande Expectations shows how investing can be both profitable and understandable. Get ready for the ride of your life--and a lifetime of fruitful stock market success.
From the Hardcover edition.
Published more than sixty years following the author's death at Auschwitz, a remarkable story of life under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"A Storm in June, " set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied provincial village rife with jealousy, resentment, resistance, and collaboration. 75,000 first printing.
By the early l940s, when Ukrainian-born Irne Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Franaise—the first two parts of a planned five-part novel—she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France—where she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis—she’d begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama in which she herself would become a victim. When she was arrested, she had completed two parts of the epic, the handwritten manuscripts of which were hidden in a suitcase that her daughters would take with them into hiding and eventually into freedom. Sixty-four years later, at long last, we can read Némirovsky’s literary masterpiece
The first part, “A Storm in June,” opens in the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion during which several families and individuals are thrown together under circumstances beyond their control. They share nothing but the harsh demands of survival—some trying to maintain lives of privilege, others struggling simply to preserve their lives—but soon, all together, they will be forced to face the awful exigencies of physical and emotional displacement, and the annihilation of the world they know. In the second part, “Dolce,” we enter the increasingly complex life of a German-occupied provincial village. Coexisting uneasily with the soldiers billeted among them, the villagers—from aristocrats to shopkeepers to peasants—cope as best they can. Some choose resistance, others collaboration, and as their community is transformed by these acts, the lives of these these men and women reveal nothing less than the very essence of humanity.
Suite Franaise is a singularly piercing evocation—at once subtle and severe, deeply compassionate and fiercely ironic—of life and death in occupied France, and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.
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Table of Contents
Storm in June — Dolce — Iréne Némirovsky's handwritten notes on the situation in France and her plans for Suite Franc̦aise, taken from her notebooks — Correspondence, 1936-1945 — Preface to the French Edition
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