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The Group : 'A beautifully managed novel . . . I consider it a masterpiece' Hilary Mantel

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* 'I consider it a masterpiece' HILARY MANTEL
* 'A brilliant novel: honest, engaging and sharp as a tack' SARAH WATERS
* 'One of my favourite books ever' INDIA KNIGHT

When first published in 1963, The Group was on a bestseller for almost two years. This groundbreaking novel, with its frank depiction of friendship, sex, and women's lives, was a revelation, and continues to inspire today.

Mary McCarthy's most celebrated novel portrays the lives and aspirations of eight Vassar graduates. 'The group' meet in New York following graduation to attend the wedding of one of their members - and reconvene seven years later at her funeral. The women, fresh from college, vowed not to become stuffy and frightened like their parents, but to lead fulfilling, emancipated lives; who really achieved this - and what sacrifices and compromises had to be made?

'McCarthy's characters confront many of the same issues as their modern counterparts: sex and contraception, career and marriage, love and lust, fidelity to one's husband versus loyalty to one's friends and the attempt to carve out a place for oneself unconstrained by the gender limitations of previous generations. Its continuing relevance is one of the book's most extraordinary attributes' ELIZABETH DAY
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 30mm | 355g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1844085937
  • 9781844085934
  • 10,536

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Absorbing, funny, painful . . . I consider it a masterpiece Hilary Mantel
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Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant * COSMOPOLITAN * Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining * SUNDAY TIMES * *'One of my favourite books ever * India Knight * *'A brilliant novel:honest, engaging and sharp as a tack * Sarah Waters * Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining * Sunday Times * Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant * Cosmopolitan * One of my favourite books ever -- India Knight A brilliant novel: honest, engaging and sharp as a tack -- Sarah Waters Absorbing, funny, painful . . . I consider it a masterpiece -- Hilary Mantel
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About Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a well-known novelist, critic, journalist and memoirist. Her most famous novel is THE GROUP.
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13,496 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 21% (2,844)
4 39% (5,254)
3 28% (3,820)
2 9% (1,183)
1 3% (395)
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