“What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” When the news of Bernie Madoff’s giant Ponzi scheme first broke in December of 2008 the initial concern was for the thousands of investors who had lost millions to this heartless charlatan. Many were convinced that family members, especially sons, Mark and Andy, who worked for the firm, had to have known what was going on with their father and his phony investment fund.
I am convinced that neither son had any pre-knowledge of the scheme. Mark and Andy broke off all relations with their father, and even with their mother, because she refused to abandon her husband. The ramifications rocked their world and as Mark’s wife, Stephanie, so painfully describes in The End of Normal, resulted in Mark committing suicide in December of 2010.
Stephanie Madoff Mack does a great job of bringing to life the ostracism their family endured as a result of Bernie Madoff’s crimes. The couple struggled to find some form of normalcy in their life but without much success. They were jeered and taunted when seen in public. Eventually, it all became too much for her husband and resulting in his taking his life. The End of Normal is a well-written and very sad account of the pain that one man can cause to so many. This was a four **** read.