One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue

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One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco beauty towering over Manhattan's hippest neighbourhood, is a one-of-a-kind address, the sort of building you have to earn your way into - one way or another. For the women in Candace Bushnell's stellar new novel, One Fifth Avenue is at the heart of the lives they've carefully established, or hope to establish. There is Schiffer Diamond, a forty-something actress busily proving that women of style are truly ageless. There is spoiled, self-assured Lola, who is determined to launch herself into society and the arms of the right man by clawing a way into the building. Annalisa is the wife of a hedge fund manager and reluctant socialite, while bitter Mindy is married to an under-published writer and has been the family breadwinner for too long. And then there is Enid, the glamorous grande dame and gossip columnist, who has lived at One Fifth Avenue for decades, and sees everything there is to see from her penthouse view ...

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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 34mm | 340.19g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349119546
  • 9780349119540
  • 116,013

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** 'Bushnell's unparalleled ability to capture type borders in uncanny; the perceptiveness of David Attenborough studying a rare bird... Bushnell is clearly a master observer: no details evades, from the trapping of her protagonist s' world to their hopes and dreams Sarah Maslin Nir, THE TIMES ** 'Bushnell writes like a dream Henry Sutton, Book of the Week, DAILY MIRROR ** 'It's a shining example of accurately observed social commentary...she has matured as a writer, making it her mission to expose the warped materialism that life in the fast lane breeds, turning decent people into twisted, label-obsessed caricatures. It's all served up with a dose of devilishly dark humour, which makes us blissfully unaware we're being preached to. A hugely entertaining yarn with fascinating, and at times repellent, characters Serena Kutchinsky, TIME OUT ** 'Full of her usual keen-eyed observations of New York neuroses VOGUE UK

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About Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the creator of SEX AND THE CITY and has been described by the EVENING STANDARD as a 'genius'. The OBSERVER compared her to Nancy Mitford and the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH to 'Jane Austen with a Martini'.

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There's a couple of things you need to remember when you start to read this book: 1. There are lots of characters, seemingly only linked by a very thin thread. Don't worry, you will start to remember who they are and who they love and hate after 50 pages or so. 2. It's a fairy tale, so please don't be too disappointed about how it all turns out. 3. Best read in large chunks (eg. holiday reading) rather than 20 minutes a day on a train- you'll forget who's doing who and who hates who. In One Fifth Avenue, the characters aren't all best buddies like Sex in the City. This is more about people only linked because they live or know someone in the apartment building, One Fifth (Avenue). Once again, the author does a great character study of a number of imaginatively named people (Thayer Core, anyone?). This is a nice holiday/aeroplane read. There are a couple of references to Sex and the City (the show, not the book) and what a big success the movie was. Not required in my book- and considering the remark about the movie was more than likely made *before* the movie was widely distributed, it's a little disturbing. A couple of typos too- in one paragraph the name of the character is suddenly the same as another (dead) more
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