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"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
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Overview

"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." This book 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.
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Admit it: You love gossip. Nobody on this planet dishes it better than Candace Bushnell, the sassy author who guided us through Sex and the City, Four Blondes, Trading Up, and Lipstick Jungle. In One Fifth Avenue, she checks in at a landmark Manhattan address to reveal the upscale lives of its diverse tenants. Their money is old or new; their careers on the rise or in full retreat; their motives reckless or greedy; but no apartment building's Art Deco façade can hide their secrets from the deliciously prying eyes of tattletale Bushnell. High-rise entertainment; scandalous fun.
Claudia Deane
One Fifth Avenue is definitely not a book to read for plot…This is a book you read because it takes some of the challenges of modern, middle-age urban life and has the characters try to meet them amid a swirl of heliports and Hamptons visits, and because Bushnell has a track record of channeling the N.Y.C. zeitgeist.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

New York Observer columnist-turned-New York Times best-selling novelist Bushnell (www.candacebushnell.com) here writes of a single New York City apartment building and the machinations of the women who live in it, want to live in it, and eventually leave it-one way or another. There are some jumps in narrative flow in this abridged edition, but Tony® Award winner Donna Murphy (www.donnamurphy.com) perfectly voices this microcosm of women's lives. Recommended for public libraries. [Audio clip available through www.hyperionbooks.com; unabridged library-edition CD and digital download available from Books on Tape, with Carrington MacDuffie reading; the Hyperion hc was called "Bushnell at her best," LJ9/1/08.-Ed.]
—Beth Traylor

Kirkus Reviews
The residents of a historic Manhattan building are thrown for a loop when an elderly socialite dies, leaving her spectacular apartment up for grabs. In the glittering world of Bushnell's latest (Lipstick Jungle, 2006, etc.), where you live is easily as important as how (and with whom) you live. So when Louise Houghton passes away a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday, her Greenwich Village neighbors are anxious to have a say in who ends up living in her coveted 7,000 square-foot space. The players include octogenarian gossip columnist Enid Merle, her successful screenwriter nephew Philip Oakland, and the embittered middle-aged head of the co-op board, Mindy Gooch. Long resentful of the fact that her family inhabits One Fifth's "worst" apartment, Mindy pushes through a quickie sale of Louise's place seemingly just to thwart Enid. The new residents, Paul and Annalisa Rice, certainly seem suitable. Annalisa is a down-to-earth beauty who gave up her law practice to accompany her math-genius husband to New York, where he is developing some super-secret financial software. Paul, unlike his wife, is cold and entitled, and as his fortunes grow, a sinister, paranoid side of him emerges that alienates everyone in the building, including Annalisa. But is Paul just a creep, or something worse? Philip's love life, meanwhile, takes a complicated turn when movie star ex-girlfriend Schiffer Diamond moves back after years of living in Los Angeles. The two share a deep connection, but reconciliation seems iffy when Philip starts sleeping with his 22-year-old "researcher" Lola Fabrikant. A pampered schemer who sets her sights on marriage-and Philip's apartment-Lola hedges her bets by dallying with snarkycelebrity blogger Thayer Core, who in turn uses her for information. Mindy's hen-pecked novelist husband James also develops a crush on the lissome Lola, who begins paying attention to him when his new book becomes a surprise success. With a breezy pace that brings to mind a Gilded Age comedy of manners, the novel might not have anything new to say about New York society, but there are enough twists to keep it fun.
Entertainment Weekly
All things an escapist read should be: quick and wicked and wry . . . Great, guiltless fun.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
One great big guilty pleasure . . . A deliciously decadent New York story.
New York Daily News
Bushnell at her best . . . All the thrills of Gossip Girl for people who normally read Edith Wharton.
Anonymous Reviewer
Reference Librarian Kim Reynolds investigates her friend's apparent suicide. This intriguing mix of mystery and the paranormal, with thriller like tension, make for an adrenaline filled reading experience. Author Seewald gets the library details just right, including the mysterious closed stack collection, in this creepy who done it. (I bet most reference librarians would make great detectives!).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597227926
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2010

    One Fifth Avenue wasn't written by Jacqueline Seewald.

    You need to correct this error so that whoever did write One Fifth Avenue gets credit for the novel. Jacqueline Seewald wrote THE INFERNO COLLECTION and THE DROWNING POOL among other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    A spicy romantic suspense!

    I am familiar with J. Seewald's writings. I enjoy reading her works and this one is no exception. Unusual setting, murders, a reserved librarian with curious mind and of course romance. I think it can be turned into a movie. Excellent! I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    romantic suspense mystery a page-turning thriller

    This romantic suspense/mystery is a thriller with a fresh premise. The main character is a college librarian whose friend asks her to find out if there is an inferno collection in the humanities library. When her friend is murdered and she starts to investigate, Kim's life is in danger. Her personal is also full of mystery. An attractive professor and a sexy cop provide the love interest which also steams up the pages. There is also some paranormal elements and twists in the exciting plot. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy an intelligent, thought provoking mystery with a quick pace and some steamy sex.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    English doctoral student Lorette Campbell asks her friend, former student turned reference librarian Kim Reynolds if she knows anything about the inferno collection. Kim says no although she does not need to depend on her psychic skill her grandma calls the ¿awareness¿ to know her friend is upset. However, the nervous Lorette insists it exists and her limited knowledge has placed her in harm¿s way she mentions a recent accident that she believes was no accident. Not long after their meeting, Lorette dies with the police claiming it was a suicide.------------ Kim believes otherwise and begins inquiries starting with seeking out whether the inferno collection exists. Her efforts bring her to the attention of Professor Don Bernard who she was attracted to when she was a student and psychic police detective Mike Gardner who fears the librarian is in over her head and in trouble. As she investigates, attempts on her life made to look like accidents happen.----------- This paranormal amateur sleuth with some police procedural elements is an enjoyable whodunit starring a likable librarian who goes from no men in her life to two men in her life. Kim is a delightful lead character as she cannot help but investigate the death of her friend starting with her inquiry into whether the INFERNO COLLECTION even exists. Her jaunt into danger with two males trying to keep her safe will entertain readers as her goal is to insure Lorette¿s restless spirit finds peace.------------ Harriet Klausner

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