DECADES, (Park Avenue Series, Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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This bestselling classic by million-copy NYT bestseller and Romantic Times award winner, Ruth Harris, is the compelling story of a marriage at risk, a family in crisis and a woman on the brink set against the tumultuous years of the mid-twentieth century.

Evelyn, talented but shy, faithful to the traditional values she grew up with, is a loyal and loving wife whose marriage ...
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DECADES, (Park Avenue Series, Book #1)

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Overview

This bestselling classic by million-copy NYT bestseller and Romantic Times award winner, Ruth Harris, is the compelling story of a marriage at risk, a family in crisis and a woman on the brink set against the tumultuous years of the mid-twentieth century.

Evelyn, talented but shy, faithful to the traditional values she grew up with, is a loyal and loving wife whose marriage means everything to her.
Nat, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband.
Joy, their daughter, inexperienced and coming of age in a time of anger and rebellion, needs them both but is torn between them.
Barbara is the other woman. Younger than Evelyn, divorced and desirable, alone and adrift, she wonders if she can have everything--including another woman's husband.

But can she? Is she willing to pay the price? And how will Evelyn handle the threat to her marriage?

“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“A terrific novel about love between a singular single girl and a married man.” —Cosmopolitan
“Powerful...A gripping novel that depicts the lives and loves of three generations of women.” — Women Today Book Club

DECADES, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews, sold millions of copies in its hard cover and paperback editions.

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

“Women will be moved and fascinated.”
—New York Magazine

Save! The first three novels of the Park Avenue Series are available on Nook in a boxed set: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/park-avenue-series-ruth-harris/1113787414?ean=2940015847666

DECADES (Book # 1)--This bestselling classic is the compelling story of a marriage at risk, a family in crisis and a woman on the brink set against the tumultuous decades of the mid-twentieth century. "Absolutely perfect." --Publisher's Weekly "Terrific!" --Cosmopolitan "Powerful. A gripping novel." --Women Today Book Club

HUSBANDS AND LOVERS (Book # 2)--Million copy NYT bestseller! Winner, Best Contemporary, Romantic Times! The story of a shy wallflower who turns herself into a lovely and desirable woman and the two handsome, successful men who compete for her love. "Steamy and fast-paced." --Cosmopolitan

LOVE AND MONEY (Book #3)--#1 on Movers and Shakers. Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until the handsome, mysterious man they both love--and murder--bring them face to face. "Richly plotted. First-class entertainment." --NY Times "Fast-paced, superior fiction. A terrifically satisfying 'good read.'" --Fort Lauderdale News Sun-Sentinel
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Editorial Reviews

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
Publisher's Weekly Publisher's Weekly
“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.”
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.”
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 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 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-
Houston Post
“I read DECADES straight through at one sitting and the more I think about that, the more impressive the novel seems.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013450127
  • Publisher: Ruth Harris Books
  • Publication date: 9/14/2012
  • Series: Park Avenue Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 260,578
  • File size: 872 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." Ruth writes about strong, savvy, witty women who struggle to succeed and, when sometimes they don’t get what they want, they find something even better along the way. Critics have compared Ruth to Nora Ephron and Joan Didion and called her books  "brilliant," “steamy,” "stylishly written," ”richly plotted,” “first-class entertainment” and “a sure thing.”

With her husband, Michael, Ruth indulges her wild side and writes bestselling thrillers—HOOKED and BRAINWASHED—that feature vivid characters, international backgrounds and compelling plots. Publisher’s Weekly called Ruth's and Michael's thrillers "Slick and sexy [with] all the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story.” Readers have raved, calling their books “awesome,” “gripping,” “chilling,” “a must-read,” and “a real page-turner.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    SUPERB!!

    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.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    This isn't my normal genre but I did enjoy it and do plant to re

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Worth reading and rereading

    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.

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    Posted December 19, 2011

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