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The Suite Life

The Suite Life

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Hailed as one of USA Today’s New Voices for her 2011 literary debut, Brooklyn Story, Suzanne Corso brings back the “true female voice” (The New York Times) of aspiring author Samantha Bonti in this breathtaking companion novel.

IT WAS THE DECADE OF BIG MONEY, BIG RISKS, BIG HAIR, AND BIG DREAMS . . . AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE BIG CITY WHERE IT COULD ALL HAPPEN

Growing up in Brooklyn, Samantha Bonti knew the writer’s life she was meant to live waited across the bridge in Manhattan. Summoning the courage to break free from an abusive mobster boyfriend, Sam finally leaves Bensonhurst and begins her new life, working as a temp in a Wall Street brokerage firm. Quickly, she’s swept off her feet by Wall Street player Alec DeMarco, a man of boundless energy, appetites, desires, and the wealth to indulge it all. In a whirlwind courtship, Alec showers Sam with exquisite gifts, the city’s finest cuisine, spontaneous weekend getaways, and, most of all, the love and security a girl from an unstable Brooklyn upbringing craves. But when the party’s over—when Alec’s high-flying career turns litigious and the big money is left on the table—will love be enough to sustain them? With her dream of publishing her novel still very much alive, Sam can’t back down now; she must choose the life that’s most true to who she really is inside.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451698183 | 
  • September 2013
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From the author of A Brooklyn Story comes a new novel which exposes the over-the-top decadence—and corruption—of Wall Street’s elite.

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Suite Life includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

When Samantha Bonti meets the man of her dreams in Alec DeMarco, a successful Wall Street broker, she believes she has finally left the insecurities of her hardscrabble past behind. But now she faces a different kind of challenge: carving a place for herself in the lavish, high-stakes world of Manhattan’s elite without losing her own identity.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. While dating Alec, does Samantha turn a blind eye to warning signs about his true nature, or was she unaware of his dark side until after they married? Does Alec genuinely care for Samantha, or is she simply another acquisition to him?

2. At numerous points in the story Samantha is shocked at Alec’s behavior, especially when he punches Hercules and later when he slaps her glasses off her face. Why does she continue to stay with him? Why is she so bothered by her failure to defend Hercules? What larger implications are there in her silence?

3. In what ways does Alec remind Samantha of Tony Kroon, her former boyfriend? Are the two me see more

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Suzanne Corso
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Suzanne Corso

Suzanne Corso is the author of Brooklyn Story and The Suite Life, as well as two feature film screenplays. She has also produced two documentaries and written one children’s book. She currently lives in New York City.

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