February 22, 2024

In “Private Equity,” a memoir about working in high finance, the author, Carrie Sun, is asked in a job interview why she wants to be a personal assistant to the founder of an investment firm. Sun’s profile indicates her impressive credentials, but she has been restless. Sun tells her interviewer about her dreams of becoming a writer, not a fund manager. Despite the lack of clear reasons, she accepts the job at Carbon, where she finds herself close to power and financial independence, and leaves behind a toxic relationship. She becomes disillusioned by the excessive wealth and efficiency-focused lifestyle. The office memoir is driven by the engine of injustice, as Sun bears witness to the darker side of high-stakes finance. The book belongs to a micro-genre that explores ambivalent success stories in demanding, high-paying jobs. This type of literature is a departure from traditional business books, offering insight into the inner workings and ethical compromises of the corporate world.