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DECADES, (Park Avenue Series, Book #3)
     

DECADES, (Park Avenue Series, Book #3)

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by Ruth Harris
 

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THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES.

Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rule-breaking "Make Love, Not War" 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the radical changes and upended expectations of the turbulent decades in which they lived--changes which continue to resonate today.

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Overview

THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES.

Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rule-breaking "Make Love, Not War" 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the radical changes and upended expectations of the turbulent decades in which they lived--changes which continue to resonate today.

Evelyn, talented but insecure, is a traditional woman of the Forties. She is a loyal and loving wife and mother whose marriage and family mean everything to her.

Nick, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband.

Joy, their daughter, confused and defiant, a child of the Sixties, needs them both but is torn between them.

Barbara is the other woman, younger than Evelyn, accomplished but alone. She is a transitional woman of the Fifties who wonders if she can have everything--including another woman's husband.

DECADES, sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, is the emotional, compelling story of family, marriage, crisis, betrayal and healing.
DECADES was originally published in hard cover by Simon & Schuster.

"The songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love. Absolutely perfect!" --Publisher's Weekly

"A brilliant book. Three generations of women are succinctly
capsuled in this novel by a writer who has all the intellect of
Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion. Rarely have
attitudes been so probingly examined--tough, trenchant, chic and
ultra-sophisticated, Ms. Harris recreates the decades in which
her heroines lived, from zoot suits and Sammy Kaye, through
Eisenhower, Elvis and poodle-cut hairdos to moon walks, Mick
Jagger and micro-minis. Few will be able to forget what Decades has to say about men and women and the games people play." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Ruth Harris has re-created both the style and substance of three
decades of American life--from the bobby socks and innocence of
the Forties, to the crinolines and caution of the Fifties, to the
bra-less T-shirts and alienation of the Sixties." --Book-of-the-Month Club

"Powerful. A gripping novel that depicts the lives and loves of
three generations of women." --Women Today Book Club

"I read Decades straight through at one sitting and the more I
think about that, the more impressive the novel seems." --Houston
Post

"Powerful...A gripping novel that depicts the lives and loves of three generations of women." -- Women Today Book Club

"I read DECADES straight through at one sitting and the more I think about that, the more impressive the novel seems." -- Houston Post

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly Publisher's Weekly
"The songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love. DECADES will have three generations of American women reliving their love lives and recognizing ruefully and with wry affection just what changes have overtaken them. The characterizations are good and the period atmosphere absolutely perfect." --Publisher's Weekly
Publisher's Weekly - Publisher's Weekly Publisher's Weekly
"The songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love. DECADES will have three generations of American women reliving their love lives and recognizing ruefully and with wry affection just what changes have overtaken them. The characterizations are good and the period atmosphere absolutely perfect." --Publisher's Weekly
Houston Post
"I read DECADES straight through at one sitting and the more I think about that, the more impressive the novel seems."
Book-of-the-Month Club Book-of-the-Month Club
“Ruth Harris has re-created both the style and substance of three decades of American life — from the bobby socks and innocence of the Forties, to the crinolines and caution of the Fifties, to the bra-less T-shirts and alienation of the Sixties.”
Book-of-the-Month Club - Book-of-the-Month Club Book-of-the-Month Club
"Ruth Harris has re-created both the style and substance of three decades of American life -- from the bobby socks and innocence of the Forties, to the crinolines and caution of the Fifties, to the bra-less T-shirts and alienation of the Sixties."
New York Magazine New York Magazine
"Evokes the feelings of what it was like to grow up female in the innocence of the 40's, the movie-formed dreams of the 50's, the disillusion of the 60's. It's all here--the songs, the headlines, the national preoccupations, even the underwear." --New York magazine
New York Magazine - New York Magazine New York Magazine
"Evokes the feelings of what it was like to grow up female in the innocence of the 40's, the movie-formed dreams of the 50's, the disillusion of the 60's. It's all here--the songs, the headlines, the national preoccupations, even the underwear." --New York magazine
Fort Worth Fort Worth
"Three generations of women are succinctly capsuled in this novel by a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion. Rarely have attitudes been so probingly examined. Tough, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, Ms. Harris recreates the decades in which her heroines lived, from zoot suits and Sammy Kaye, through Eisenhower, Elvis and poodle-cut hairdos to moon walks, Mick Jagger and micro-minis. A brilliant book!" --Fort Worth Star-
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Fort Worth Fort Worth
"Three generations of women are succinctly capsuled in this novel by a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion. Rarely have attitudes been so probingly examined. Tough, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, Ms. Harris recreates the decades in which her heroines lived, from zoot suits and Sammy Kaye, through Eisenhower, Elvis and poodle-cut hairdos to moon walks, Mick Jagger and micro-minis. A brilliant book!" --Fort Worth Star-
Book Reviewer
“Ruth Harris has achieved a very salable novel that will have three generations of American women reliving their love lives and recognizing ruefully and with wry affection just what changes have overtaken them. The characterizations are good and the period atmosphere absolutely perfect — the songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013450127
Publisher:
Word International
Publication date:
09/14/2012
Series:
Park Avenue Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
387,728
File size:
451 KB

Meet the Author

Ruth Harris is a million-copy New York Times and Amazon bestselling author, and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." Her critically-acclaimed fiction has been published in hard cover by Random House, Simon & Schuster and St. Martin's Press in the United States. Her books have been translated into 19 languages, offered in 25 countries around the world, and were prominent selections of leading book clubs including the Literary Guild and the Book Of The Month Club.
Media critics have compared Ruth to Nora Ephron and Joan Didion and called her books "fiction at its best," "brilliant," "steamy," "stylishly written," "richly plotted," "first-class entertainment" and "a sure thing."
Readers' reviews include comments like: "I couldn't stop reading," "her plots seem so real I must keep telling myself it's fiction," "thought-provoking," "made me laugh and cry," "by far the best author I have come across in years," "suspenseful, hilarious and romantic," "wonderfully addictive," "you can't put her books down."
Follow Ruth at Twitter and at Pinterest. She opines about the art and craft of writing with Anne R. Allen. Email Ruth at Harris.Ruth.
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Decades 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this book. It was the first book I have read by Ruth Harris, it was so engaging and true to life. Held my interest throughout the book. The characters and the time frames were all so real. It was as if I was back in that time. The morals and standards that we have lived through come out very clearly along with all the family dynamics, love and dysfunction.
N_M_K More than 1 year ago
This isn't my normal genre but I did enjoy it and do plant to read the others in the series. I got it free from a promotion by the author and want to thank her - as it has expanded my horizions!! Appreciate it and the well told story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book about 3 women's lives at different times in the 20th century, all united by their relationship (of some sort) with a particular man - his college sweetheart and wife, their child, and his mistress. You see their development over time - a different period of time for each woman, but covering several decades in each case. You also see the man's development. The book begins and ends with the same character as the focus of attention, many years apart in her life. Various portions of the book are told from the viewpoint of different ones of the women and put in context by recitations of the most important historical events of that era. The book is long, so after finishing it, I went back to the beginning, because I had forgotten how it started. To my surprise, the story held up so well that I ended up reading it a second time right away, which I normally can't stand to do, because few stories retain much attraction for a reader who knows what is going to happen. But this one did. Knowing what happens later only enriched the reading. There was more explicit sex than I like to see in a book, but it would have been hard to tell this story without it. I would like to see a similar book, about different people, without the sex-fixations of these characters. Since I lived through most of these decades, I know that the stories told here are an authentic reflection of the experiences of some people, but there are others, and I'd like to read about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were well developed & the story held my interest. The historical aspects were interesting also. Well written Ms Harris.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I enjoyed the description of life throughout these various timeframes more than anything else. It was very insightful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is less of a story and more of a narrative history of a few characters' lives, though an incomplete history of them. A few loosely followed story lines that never seemed much to matter to the author so were not followed through. The writing is good and there is depth there and I cared about the people, but just when things got interesting, one was dropped for another and no going back. I like to get vested in the characters' lives with a sort of promise from the author to get to the bottom of it. Was disappointed with the way the book ended, but wholly unsuprised.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a depressing book . The ending leaves a lot to be desired .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't a bad book...it's a sad book....for the same reason I don't watch Mad Men I'm not gushing about this book. As a child of the sixties growing up in an upper class suburb where Stepford Wives and wife swopping was a norm, I can tell you that the story rings true. I think that it felt like I was watching a cross between Mrs. Robinson and Love Story. I have another Ruth Harris book I will eventually read. This was almost too soapy for me
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was ok, a little disjointed as to how it jumped from one woma to the next, but the ending sucked. The story was going along then suddenly it was over! It was as if the author got tired of writing and just quit. No resolution, no end of story for any characters, nothing. Just....the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stopped reading after part 1, like reading a soap opera.