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After perfect : a daughter's memoir

Author: Christina McDowell
Publisher: North Sydney : Random House Australia. 2015.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Christina McDowell; Christina McDowell; Tom Prousalis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christina McDowell
ISBN: 9780857985729 : 0857985728
OCLC Number: 904594962
Description: pages.
Responsibility: Christina McDowell.



The other side of The Wolf of Wall Street story by a daughter whose father destroyed his family. Christina MacDowell was born Christina Prousalis. She had to change her name to be legally extricated from the trail of chaos her once beloved father left in the wake of his arrest and subsequent imprisonment as one of the players in the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort, better known as 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. Her whole life Christina worshipped her father and the seemingly perfect life they lived - a life she discovered was built on lies. Innocently living a life of privilege in her childhood and teens, it all came crashing down when her dad, a Belfort associate practising a similar form of criminal investing, is sent to prison. But this is only the beginning. Once behind bars, Tom Prousalis continued to lie, cheat and steal while his family fell to pieces - even stealing his own daughter's identity to commit further fraud. Nineteen-year-old Christina was forced to drive her father to jail after her mother dissolved in a spiral of denial. In the compelling opening chapters, we take that surreal journey with her. After that fateful day, Christina's life spiralled out of control. As her family floundered, she succumbed to the grip of alcohol, drugs and promiscuity before finding catharsis in the most unlikely of places. The other side of The Wolf of Wall Street story, this timely and unflinching Kafkaesque before-and-after story exposes the true cost of a scandal that continues to claim victims.


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