One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue

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by Candace Bushnell
     
 

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From one of the most consistently astute and engaging social commentators of our day comes another look at the tough and tender women of New York City—this time, through the lens of where they live.

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

Overview

From one of the most consistently astute and engaging social commentators of our day comes another look at the tough and tender women of New York City—this time, through the lens of where they live.

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.

Acutely observed and mercilessly witty, One Fifth Avenue 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.

From Sex and the City through four successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York minute and, as one critic put it, staying uncannily "just the slightest bit ahead of the curve." And with each book, she has deepened her range, but with a light touch that makes her complex literary accomplishments look easy. Her stories progress so nimbly and ring so true that it can seem as if anyone might write them—when, in fact, no one writes novels quite like Candace Bushnell. Fortunately for us, with One Fifth Avenue, she has done it again.

Editorial Reviews

USA TODAY
"ONE FIFTH AVENUE is a modern comedy of manners -- a landmark novel, if you like. Its observations about money, the Internet, the function of art in society as wellas sex romps, social climbing and snobbery enhance Bushnell's reputation as an astute observer of modern life....Carrie Bradshaw wannabes as well as women (and men) near Bushnell's age -- she turns 50 this year -- will be pulled into this refreshing and highly entertaining novel about the power of money, sex and celebrity."
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"Bushnell...broadens her scope in her latest ode to New York strivers and sophisticates...The fun lies in the author's acute observations about everything from real estate envy to midlife crises."
New York Post
"Where [Bushnell] goes, her army of stilletoed fans follow. You gotta love it: the conflict, the secrets-telling, the peek into the world of the rich and valueless. It all adds up to a juicy summer read."
From the Publisher
"ONE FIFTH AVENUE is a modern comedy of manners — a landmark novel, if you like. Its observations about money, the Internet, the function of art in society as wellas sex romps, social climbing and snobbery enhance Bushnell's reputation as an astute observer of modern life....Carrie Bradshaw wannabes as well as women (and men) near Bushnell's age — she turns 50 this year — will be pulled into this refreshing and highly entertaining novel about the power of money, sex and celebrity."—USA TODAY"

Bushnell...broadens her scope in her latest ode to New York strivers and sophisticates...The fun lies in the author's acute observations about everything from real estate envy to midlife crises."—More"

Where [Bushnell] goes, her army of stilletoed fans follow. You gotta love it: the conflict, the secrets-telling, the peek into the world of the rich and valueless. It all adds up to a juicy summer read."—New York Post"

One Fifth Avenue is all things an escapist read she be: quick and wicked and wry. There's a blown-out bitch to root against, a star-crossed couple to root for, and a Tim Gunn-style best friend who deserves his own book. Great, guiltless fun."—Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly
"One Fifth Avenue is all things an escapist read she be: quick and wicked and wry. There's a blown-out bitch to root against, a star-crossed couple to root for, and a Tim Gunn-style best friend who deserves his own book. 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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401341404
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
565,238
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, Trading Up, and Lipstick Jungle. Her first book, Sex and the City, was the basis for the HBO hit television show and movie. Her fourth book, Lipstick Jungle, was a drama on NBC and she was an active producer on that show. Bushnell is also the host of Sex, Success and Sensibility, a live radio show on Sirius Stars. She lives in New York City.

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One Fifth Avenue 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
penname96 More than 1 year ago
This book has been in my book pile for awhile. It was like a movie that you really don't want to go see, but are dragged to, then you are pleasantly surprised. No, this is not a "Sex In the City" book. This is a fresh story about people who live at One Fifth Ave and how their everyday lives are entangled. I enjoyed and recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a birthday present and could not wait to read this as my first summer read. I can honestly say I was truly disappointed. There were too many characters and not enough story surrounding each character. I kept waiting for the story line to pick up but after around page 300 I realized it wouldn't. At that point I was too far along to stop. For me, her other books were far more superior to this one.
GME7777 More than 1 year ago
It seemed like it would be interesting from the synopsis, and thats why I ordered it. It started out to be a fun read until I got into about 20 pages and then the graphic sexual intonations started. I do not care for graphic illustrations of sexual behavior and was so disappointed to see that it resorted to this. I really wish there were ratings on books so I would not waste my money on this type of writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read ONE FIFTH AVENUE on a flight home from France after picking it up in the English-language section at the airport. I'd never read any of Candace Bushnell's books before, and I was very pleasantly surprised. While I wouldn't say it's a five-star work of great literature, I'd definitely judge it a five-star airplane read. Very entertaining!
SheryberryVT More than 1 year ago
As expected, this is not a knock your socks off, make you think classic. It's a quick and dirty chick lit. While very enjoyable, don't expect anything too out of the ordinary or surprising. I very much enjoyed this book the first time through, although not Bushnell's best book by far. I would recommend reading it if you're looking for a funny, up beat book. However, it's probably not a book you'll want to read a second time.
mischesh More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I was 10 pages in when I realized this book was going to be a drag, but I was determined to finish. I found there to be too many characters too keep up with or care about. The plot was lacking, seemingly there isn't one. I picked a couple of characters to care about and kind of skimmed over the rest of the stories.
Demi25 More than 1 year ago
This is an easy summer read that will have you staying up all night trying to finish it. At first the book starts off ok but that it become a spicy chick lit and you won't want to put it down!
JP29 More than 1 year ago
Full of interesting and very real characters. I thought the plot was focused and even though I have never lived in New York I was able to appreciate the setting and life style of the characters. I understood and could relate to each character as an individual. I also appreciate that the story line came back around. There were several characters introduced throughout the story and it was clear how each character was related to the story and had significance to each other. I loved the book and was happy I took the time to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sex and the City was such a great read, so I was unsure how this one would go. Not to worry, the author did a supurb job of giving the reader some interesting and unforgettable characters. Loved reading about the pricy lifestyles, that's for sure. All in all, it was a fun escape!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a depressing read. The characters are all completely unlikable, miserable people. The plot is boring and there is no depth to the story line or the characters. I kept waiting for the book to take off and really become entertaining but there was nothing there. An unmemorable, forgetable, waste of precious time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are selfish, self-absorbed, spoiled. You'll be glad you don't live at One Fifth. Non-existant plot. Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If live is full of suffering, then One Fifth Avenue is as good a place as any to suffer. The rich and famous all have their glitches to deal with, and some of them can be outright nasty when doing so. Most of the characters are interesting, but, if you're like me, you'd want to kill Lola. I think Ms. Bushnell had that in mind.
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This was the first Candace Bushnell book that I read after reading an excerpt in Vogue. I enjoyed all the quirky characters and the battle in One Fifth Avenue. I have since read a few of her other books, but this is my favorite and I wish she would write more of.
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AndreaNS11 More than 1 year ago
I really liked the comedy in the book. It was funny, and my first Candace Bushnell book. It was a pretty quick read, but at times was a bit hard to keep up with all of the characters.
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AlexSmith More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book!
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Candace Bushnell is a great writer & I was easily sucked into One Fifth Avenue. I felt like I was there! Great book & easy to read
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