One Fifth Avenue Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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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)
* In her wonderfully witty fifth novel, bestselling author Candace Bushnell tells the stories of five women living in Manhattan's swankiest apartment buildingSee all Product Description
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The arrival of the Rices isn't the only change in One Fifth - long-lost residents make a reappearance, new residents tag themselves onto current ones, and so on. The once-peaceful and law-abiding building is becoming somewhat of a shambles. The neighbours are fighting, sabotaging, cheating on partners... you name it, it starts to happen.
The long-standing residents are not happy and quickly try to rectify matters. But things get much, much worse before they get better...
Overall, One Fifth Avenue is middle of the road. It doesn't have the smart, sassy and hilarious characters of Sex and the City, but it does have characters from lots of different backgrounds, with very different lives. Their apartment block is the only thing that unites them. Other than that, they're pretty unremarkable. There's lots (and lots) of talk about how wonderful New York is, and many references to the way of life in the city, to the extent it got a little dull.Read more ›
I especially enjoyed Lola as a true reflection of what some people are very willing to do to become 'high society' for me the scenes in which she was included where the most fun as though you hated her for everything she represents, its undeniable you feel twinges of pity knowing she's taken on a game much larger than herself.
The characters react differently and act differently to everybody you are introduced to and while some plots can seem a little far fetched it's written in a way that you could believe somebody would do such an act.
Overall I enjoyed the book and have read it more than once, it's a fun, simple-ish read, which you can read again and again and one I would very much recommend.
This book won't put any demands on you as a reader, but it will help to while away a few hours.
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I really didn't like this book. The pace was very slow, the characters flat.. I had a hard time finishing this book.Published on 25 July 2011 by Kim Zwolle
One of Candace Bushnell better books. It made me want to be in New York and be a part of the glamour. Not much happens in it though.Published on 6 Mar. 2011 by BookObsessive
this is my fave read from candace bushnell, a fun insight of the rich and the wannabees in nyc! i could not put this book down.Published on 29 Dec. 2010 by Cherub 37
Absolutely fantastic. I love the storyline, the group of characters and as a MASSIVE fan of NYC, it was just perfect. I'm a huge fan of SATC and Lipstick Jungle (bring it back!!! Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2010 by K. Rogers