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One Fifth Avenue | [Candace Bushnell]

One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco beauty towering over one of Manhattan's oldest and most historically hip neighborhoods, 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 new novel, One Fifth Avenue, this edifice is essential to the lives they've carefully establishhed--or hope to establish.
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Publisher's Summary

One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco beauty towering over one of Manhattan's oldest and most historically hip neighborhoods, 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 new novel, One Fifth Avenue, this edifice is essential to the lives they've carefully established - or hope to establish. From the hedge fund king's wife to the aging gossip columnist, to the free-spirited actress (a recent refugee from L.A.), each person's game plan for a rich life comes together under the soaring roof of this landmark building.

Acutely observed and mercilessly witty, One Fifth Avenue is a modern-day story of old and new money, that same combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York's Gilded Age and F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Many decades later, Bushnell's New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: They thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful - at least to the public eye. But Bushnell is an original, and One Fifth Avenue is so fresh that it reads as if sexual politics, real-estate theft, and fortunes lost in a day have never happened before.

From Sex and the City through four successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York minute and, as one critic put it, staying uncannily "just the slightest bit ahead of the curve." And with each book, she has deepened her range, but with a light touch that makes her complex literary accomplishments look easy. Her stories progress so nimbly and ring so true that it can seem as if anyone might write them - when, in fact, no one writes novels quite like Candace Bushnell. Fortunately for us, with One Fifth Avenue, she has done it again.

©2008 Candace Bushnell; (P)2008 Hyperion

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    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 10-16-08
    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 10-16-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Did Not Care For It"

    I was so disappointed! I had to start this audiobook 3 times. The characters just were NOT sticking.
    No real development of any character, that is probably why I didn't like any of them.
    I would not recommend this book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    kristin san antonio, TX, United States 06-14-10
    kristin san antonio, TX, United States 06-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Just..."

    I got maybe almost 2 hours into this book but it wasn't interesting enough to continue

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 07-17-09
    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 07-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "This should be a movie or a t.v. series"

    I really enjoyed this story. While not a Sex and the City type of story, it is one of a kind that should be made into a television series. It is mindless and better that most stuff on television. The storyline is entertaining. I found the characters to be interesting and complex. The narration was outstanding. I would love to see more stories associated with One Fifth and its current, new, and aspiring tenants. I hated for the story to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Mindoro, WI, USA 01-15-09
    Kate Mindoro, WI, USA 01-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what I expected"

    I'll preface this with the fact that I didn't read the entire book's description before choosing this book, since I've loved everything else by Candace Bushnell. However, usually I stick it out until the end even on books I'm not in love with. Not this one. I have such a hard time with this narrator's voice and character style and can't keep up with the characters in this book, so am quitting a Audible book in the middle for the first time. I wouldn't recommend this book as a great one to listen to - perhaps it would present better on paper?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY TRACY, CA 12-18-08
    KATHY TRACY, CA 12-18-08 Member Since 2005
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    "What?"

    I actually can't remember anything memorable about this book. What's does that say?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AMV 12-17-08
    AMV 12-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Dull"

    Sorry, I dont usually bother giving a bad review, but this one is good if you are suffering insomnia. No endearing characters, the only character I found likeable had a very small part of the story, nothing really happened, If I were reading this book rather than listening, I would have put it down with a yawn and probably forgotten about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Bamberg, Germany 12-15-11
    Nadine Bamberg, Germany 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Candace Bushnell and/or Donna Murphy?

    sure


    What was most disappointing about Candace Bushnell’s story?

    having read several of candace bushnell's book, this one was definitely by far the worst.


    What about Donna Murphy’s performance did you like?

    she was doing a good job


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not....u can't compare it to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 01-16-11
    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 01-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    If you like gossip this book is for you. The story kept my interest and created suspense with a good story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Plano, TX, USA 02-17-09
    Barbara Plano, TX, USA 02-17-09
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    "Pretty good!"

    This one was very good but not 5 stars. It was very entertaining and you will not be bored listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johanna PITTSFIELD, MA, United States 08-22-11
    Johanna PITTSFIELD, MA, United States 08-22-11
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    "Story is entertaining, narration is irritating"

    I enjoyed listening to this story. Yes it is lightweight, yes it is about people who are ridiculously wealthy and mostly shallowly developed, but I still found the plot engaging. I did find the narrator's voice and her voices for the characters irritating and off. . .they all sounded like they were from another era, the 30's maybe. .doesn't really fit the world of iphones, youtube and multimillion dollar apartments she describes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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