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The Hermit: A Novel

Updated: Mar 29

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Nain Lopez

In her insightful examination of the high-stakes world of investment banking, "The Hermit" by Katerina Grishakova digs deep into the mind of its main character, Andy Sylvain, a seasoned Manhattan bond trader on the verge of an existential crisis.

Grishakova skillfully conveys Andy's inner agony, since he is a guy deeply disillusioned with the unrelenting pace and shallowness of his everyday life. Unable to pinpoint the cause of his discontent, Andy struggles with a deep sense of emptiness as he makes his way through the competitive world of finance. Grishakova's deft writing pulls readers into Andy's universe, making them feel the weight of his existential turmoil and the pressing need to find purpose.

Grishakova's ability to contrast the opulence of Manhattan's elite with the starkness of Andy's inner world is what distinguishes "The Hermit" from other books. Though the book is full with vivid depictions of lavish parties, luxurious lifestyles, and the exhilarating rush of trading-floor confrontations, there is a sense of longing for something more profound and deeper that permeates everything.

"The Hermit" enthralls readers from the start to the final page with its lighthearted manner and dazzling humor, transporting them to a world where success and money are meaningless for souls. Grishakova deftly threads together themes of ambition, identity, and the pursuit of authenticity in a world driven by ego and consumerism while navigating the complexity of Andy's inner world.

With its insightful and moving examination of the human condition, "The Hermit" gives readers a glimpse inside the thoughts of a man who is on the verge of self-discovery. Grishakova's book is a monument to the value of self-reflection and the never-ending search for purpose in an apparently meaningless world.

About the Author

Katerina Grishakova

Katerina Grishakova is a writer living on the East Coast. She came to the US from Moscow in 1996 and spent more than a decade working on Wall Street. Katerina is now retired and writing fiction full time. She’s also an avid tournament poker player.


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