* In her wonderfully witty fifth novel, bestselling author Candace Bushnell tells the stories of five women living in Manhattan's swankiest apartment building
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'.
Bushnell most definitely had a good summer. The movie version of Sex and the City was a hit, and the NBC drama based on her last novel, Lipstick Jungle, is renewed for a second season. Just in time for fall, she presents an entertaining new novel. Female friendship is usually Bushnell's uniting theme, but, here, it's a landmark building and a beyond-fashionable address that connects the myriad characters introduced: an aging but still beautiful actress named Schiffer Diamond; Enid, a powerful gossip columnist; Annalisa, a former lawyer and now the hesitant wife of a hedge-fund manager; Lola, an obnoxious young social climber determined to manipulate her way to the top of society; and Mindy, the owner of the building's least glamorous apartment yet head of the building's board. Bushnell is at her best here--frothy and fun but also absolutely sharp. There are even a few sly references to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big thrown in for good measure. Recommended for all public libraries.--Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Libs., CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
** '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 protagonists' 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 ** 'As sparkling as this season's must-have cocktail ring ...Grippingly good' FOUR STARS, Eithne Farry, MARIE CLAIRE ** 'Bushnell's able to draw a large cast so vividly and imbue them with plenty of zing ... the complex, interweaving plot zips along nicely' Sharon Louger, Fiction of the Week, METRO ** 'Perfect girly fodder. 4 Stars' HEAT ** 'No one captures New York quite like Candace Bushnell' LOOK ** 'Every so often a writer comes along who is so in tune with the times in which they are living that their creation becomes an emblem of their era ... Bushnell has does it again. One Fifth Avenue manages to be slap-bang on the nose about current preoccupations' SUNDAY EXPRESS ** 'Hooray - here's some fun, girls! ... a dollop of unashamed indulgence ...flavour-filled, instantly gratifying and spiked with piquancy ... Bushnell is always of her time, and reading this book is like watching the Red Sea close up with Moses safely across. It is a swansong for the age of avarice as it passes. Have a bit - it's delicious' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY ** 'Witty writing and a gripping story' WOMAN
Bushnell's latest offering tells the tale of a group of female Manhattanites who live out, or dream of living out, their fantasies in the Art Deco tower of One Fifth Avenue. The prose is reminiscent of the typical Bushnell drawl, which became so popular in Sex and the City. Although the writing is somewhat familiar, narrator Donna Murphy is refreshing in her inspired reading. Murphy displays a talent for interpreting characters on the page and giving them rich, textured voices and personalities that make listening a sheer pleasure. Though the story lacks originality, Murphy's performance brings a certain theatrical atmosphere to the tale, making it an enjoyable, visual listen. A Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, July 28). (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.