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The Group : A New York Times Best Seller

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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
  • 9781844085934
  • 28,192

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Absorbing, funny, painful . . . I consider it a masterpiece Hilary Mantel
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Absorbing, funny, painful . . . I consider it a masterpiece -- Hilary Mantel Shocking, titillating, and acid-laced . . . the book still dazzles as a generational portrait, falters as fiction, and blighted McCarthy's life -- Laura Jacobs * Vanity Fair * A brilliant novel: honest, engaging and sharp as a tack -- Sarah Waters 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 * Guardian * Few works of literature can genuinely be termed "ahead of their time" * The Times * Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant * Cosmopolitan * Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining * Sunday Times * One of my favourite books ever -- India Knight A woman of intellect and style -- Celia McGee * New York Times * Her greatest novel . . . marvellous . . . a prophetic book which set the scene . . . for the novels of protest and liberation in the next decade * Independent * Feels like discovering a thrilling secret. Its prose shows a master stylist at work, its aesthetics are striking - all ivory-tipped cigarettes, hand-pureed pate, Vassar socialists in dungarees - and it has a surprise queer romance that twists the whole narrative into new shape. It's my new standard for a summer read: lavish, hilarious, smart and mean, like a glamorous friend you're torn between fearing and crushing on -- Mikaella Clements Scalpel-keen prose, honed on ruthless wit and insight * Observer * She is a sparkler, a very funny, very savage moralist, and a brilliant mimic * Spectator * This is the book which has aroused considerable advance speculation and well it might; it has a tremendous reader recognition . . . there cannot be much doubt that Mary McCarthy is an exceptional social satirist, with a jackdaw eye and an infallible ear * Kirkus Reviews * *'A brilliant novel:honest, engaging and sharp as a tack * Sarah Waters * *'One of my favourite books ever * India Knight * Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining * SUNDAY TIMES * Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant * COSMOPOLITAN *
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About Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was born in Seattle, Washington. She was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist and an art critic. She was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and won the National Medal for Literature and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 1984. Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps (1942), initiated her ascent to the most celebrated writers of her generation; the publication of her autobiography Memories of a Catholic Girlhood in 1957 bolstered this reputation. McCarthy wrote more than twenty-four books, including the now-classic novel The Group (1963). This was the New York Times Best Seller for two years. 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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14,955 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 21% (3,148)
4 39% (5,866)
3 28% (4,238)
2 9% (1,279)
1 3% (424)
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