The Counting House (Paperback)

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The Chief Investment Officer of a prestigious university sits at the center of modern finance: hundreds of hedge funds, venture capitalists, stock pickers, bond traders, and private equity managers visit him every year, asking for money.

He helms the engine room of the modern academy: the six-billion-dollar endowment he presides over allows the school to compete for students, faculty, prestige, moral purpose--and solvency. The CIO is a winner in bourgeois America's highest dream: "doing well by doing good."

And then all that he thinks he understands--about investing, about his own talents, about every choice and non-choice that brought his life to where it is--begins to fall apart. At first, slowly, amid endless fascinating conversations with his staff, his wildly talented (and sometimes hilarious) trustees, and the motley money managers that march through his office. And then quickly, in an epic showdown with a reclusive, legendary hedge fund manager, his university's richest and most stingy billionaire alumnus.

With its wry appreciation for the absurd, The Counting House lays claim to the title of funniest novel about American business. Underneath the humor, however, is an unprecedented, necessary story of the inner life of investing: a story that reveals how the workings of our daily lives rest upon the market's unforgiving truths.

About the Author

Gary Sernovitz has spent the last quarter-century working in and observing how money works, from Goldman Sachs to nearly twenty years at a private equity firm where he is now a managing director. He has also brought his keen writer's eye to America and business through two previous published novels, a non-fiction book, and numerous essays and reviews in The New York Times, The New Yorker online, n+1, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781608012534
ISBN-10: 1608012530
Publisher: University of New Orleans Press
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English