Hedge Fund Grannies is a work of fiction. The names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
HAVING SAID THAT, The novel is set in Bergenfield, which is a real town in Northern New Jersey. For former residents of Bergenfield who might want to know, most of the descriptions of the town are reasonably accurate, except the following fictitious places: Ben’s Deli, The Bergen Record Store, The Dangerous Knitter, and Allie’s Home Improvement Center. The story refers to the old Palace Theater. The theater still stands, but is now renamed Bergenfield Cinema 5. The old Woolworth’s is indeed now a Fitness II. And the old Florence Shop is the very successful Dello Russo Laser Vision center.
WHAT ABOUT THIS NATURAL CLEANSER? First, sodium laureth sulfate is a real chemical degreaser. It is in your shampoo, your toothpaste, and the liquid soap sitting on your kitchen counter. It is powerful enough that it in fact was used to clean birds harmed by recent oil spills. For most people, it is harmless. For some, though, it is an irritant. Hence, the natural shampoo and toothpaste businesses.
ERRATA FOR EARLY FIRST EDITION COPIES
Weeks before publication, my editor and I made a massive number of last-minute formatting changes, primarily to chapter numbering, dates and number formats. Unfortunately, a few hundred of the early shipments of books contained a small number of errors. I mean, does anyone really care whether Coopers Pond or Joey Harrison’s has an apostrophe, or that Cape May is only thirty miles and not fifty miles south of Atlantic City? Actually, I do, so this is my mea culpa. They have been corrected in the new edition available on Amazon.
For those of you with an early version, think of it as a rarity, a one-of-a-kind, like the U.S. “Inverted Airmail” postage stamp from 1918. If you would like a list of the errata, send me an email.