Cin Fabre is a heroine "before her time", a projects-raised hustler (i.e. tremendously hard worker but also wheeler-dealer) living life on her own terms, fighting off the endless misogyny of her male peers and supervisors and forcing her way into the boys' club through virtue of both "nature" and "nurture." The “nurture” of her driven but non-affectionate mother and negligent and abusive father, and the quick, calculating and determined nature she inherited from both. Her unprecedented success at an early age and as a minority woman in the questionable moral morass of a Wall St cold-calling brokerage may bring the reader to the book, but the haunting tales of her Bronx childhood that she has brought to life so vividly here are the richest part of her story. — Jon Fine
From the South Bronx projects to the boardroom—at only nineteen years old, Cin Fabré ran with the wolves of Wall Street.
Growing up, Cin Fabré didn’t know anything about the stock market. But she learned how to hustle from her immigrant parents, saving money so that one day she could escape her abusive father and poverty in the Bronx.
Through a tip from a friend, Cin pushed her way into brokerage firm VTR Capital—an offshoot of Stratton Oakmont, the company where the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, had reigned. She was shocked to find an army of young workers, mostly Black and Brown, with no real prospects for promotion sitting at phones doing the drudge work of finding investment leads for white male brokers. But she felt the pull of profit and knew she would do whatever she had to do to be successful.
Pulling back the curtain on the inequities she and so many others faced, Wolf Hustle reveals how Cin worked grueling hours, ascending from cold caller to stockbroker, becoming the only Black woman to do so at her firm. She also discloses the excesses she took part in on 1990s Wall Street—the strip clubs, the Hamptons parties, the Gucci shopping sprees—while reveling in the thrill of making money.
From landing clients worth hundreds of millions to gaining, losing, then gaining back fortunes in seconds, Cin examines her years spent trading frantically and hustling successfully, grappling with what it takes to build a rich life, and, ultimately, beating Wall Street at its own game.
“What an amazing voice! What a clear-eyed and powerful story! Wow! She takes us back into her Haitian roots, through her life as a young person, and into the bowels of Wall Street to shine a deep and thoughtful light on everything from the Black immigrant experience in America to capitalism. Everyone needs to read this.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling author of Red at the Bone
“Long before the culture of Silicon Valley came to power, the Wall Street ‘bros’ established a business culture that lives for money, prizes excess and debauchery, and excludes women and people of color. In Wolf Hustle, Cin Fabré offers an engrossing and unflinching portrait of surviving and succeeding in an arena dominated by men, adding a welcome and necessary voice to the story of the financial foundation of America.”
—Emily Chang, author of Brotopia
“Extraordinary, electrifying and wholly inspiring, Wolf Hustle is a study in untamed audacity. Cin Fabré’s rebellious journey from a working class neighborhood to the peaks of Wall Street is a blueprint on boldly beating odds and daring to defy.”
—Zain E. Asher, anchor for CNN International and author of Where the Children Take Us
“Fabré recounts the highs and lows in vivid detail—as with descriptions of the unrelenting sexual harassment she faced—and the author’s exuberance is contagious. . . . The result is as memorable as it is inspiring.”
“In her zesty debut memoir, the author recounts her surprising journey from roach-filled public housing to becoming one of the 'youngest Black female stockbrokers.' . . . A stark exposé of Wall Street’s corrupt underside and an inspiring story of overcoming adversity.”
“Her success story will appeal to general audiences and be of interest to teens and entrepreneurs. Readers will be drawn into her conversational style and glean important lessons in overcoming obstacles in life and specifically in the workplace.“
“Her prose and attitude toward her career—and why she eventually left it—are no-nonsense and unblinkered, keeping her account engaging, whether she’s relating her childhood trick of reselling lunch tickets to fellow students or the over-the-top excesses of parties in the Hamptons. . . . An absorbing, instructive look at the victories and pitfalls of a life driven by the hustle.“