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Saving the Karamazovs Gary Goldstick

Saving the Karamazovs

Gary Goldstick

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Inspired by The Brothers Karamazov, this novel explores conflict among family members in a family-owned business and the moral ambiguities that result when the business falls on hard times.In his lengthy career as a business management consultant,MoreInspired by The Brothers Karamazov, this novel explores conflict among family members in a family-owned business and the moral ambiguities that result when the business falls on hard times.In his lengthy career as a business management consultant, Gary Goldstick saw firsthand the dilemmas and disasters that can unfold when a family-owned business falls into financial peril and its owners wrestle to preserve their own self-interests, which in many cases are contrary to the long-term viability of the company.When a family business is profitable, Gary notes, there are usually sufficient financial resources so that major disruptions in the relationships among family members can be avoided. But if the business encounters difficulty and resources become scarce, conflict is all but inevitable.Set in the unstable business world of the 1990 Gulf War, this is the insightful story of three brothers whose good intentions and significant dysfunctions pull their family into an ugly war of its own as they wrestle with their own naked self-interests and personal demons versus the long-term good of the company.Twenty years after a heroic but bloody tour in Vietnam, Jeff Bascomb fails to protect the people who depend on him. A financial scandal puts his company in jeopardyhe and his wife stand to lose millions, his parents may lose their retirement, and his employees will lose their livelihoods. His dependable older brother, Kevin, is now mired in poor health and depression, and his only advice is to call their youngest brother Jerry away from a lucrative Wall Street job, back to L.A. to become the company’s interim CEO.Jeff and Jerry have warred their entire lives for Kevin’s affection, but agree to a truce for the family’s sake. Jerry is a diplomatic negotiator, a keen money expert, and a brilliant manager, the perfect man for the job until he falls in love with Jeff’s mistress. The secrets Helen reveals about their family place the company on the front lines of a battle that could hurt each and every one of them beyond repair.Gary comments, “Saving the Karamazovs adapts certain themes and character personalities from Dostoevsky’s famous The Brothers Karamazov to underscore the fact that moral ambiguities lie at the heart of compelling drama and conflict. In Saving the Karamazovs, it is as if the family members are all thrust into a crucible, the heat of which is rising.”