Superior Women: A Novel [NOOK Book]


“Reads easily, even breathlessly. . . . The subtle but intensely felt shifts of closeness among the young women are lovingly and expertly laid bare.” -- John Updike
This ambitious and richly compelling Superior Women is in the grand tradition of The Group and Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others, a tradition continued by J. Courtney Sullivan’s Commencement.
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Superior Women: A Novel

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“Reads easily, even breathlessly. . . . The subtle but intensely felt shifts of closeness among the young women are lovingly and expertly laid bare.” -- John Updike
This ambitious and richly compelling Superior Women is in the grand tradition of The Group and Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others, a tradition continued by J. Courtney Sullivan’s Commencement.
Radcliffe, 1943. Five young women, newly admitted to college, meet for the first time. Taking us into their lives at college, and beyond, through four tumultuous and crowded decades,  Alice Adams has given us a novel rich in all tee pleasures of characterization and incident and social observation that we have come to expect from her.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307798282
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/8/2011
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 760,702
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Alice Adams was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and raised in North Carolina, and graduated from Radcliffe College. She was the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the O. Henry Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the author of five collections of short stories and ten novels, among them Listening to Billie, Superior Women, Second Chances, and A Southern Exposure. She lived in San Francisco until her death in 1999.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006


    'Getting of the train, on a Friday night that is also New Year's Eve, Lavinia is very beautiful. With the perfectly fitted, perfectly simple black coat (that cost more than a month salary of the Negro fitting woman), she wears perfect black suede shoes, with high thin heels, and a filmy pale pink scarf at her throat. As she steps down carefully from the high train, off and into Gordon's arms, she sees her own beauty reflected in Gordon's eyes. In his kiss.' This is my kind of book the type of book I always long for. The women characters are so absolutely different, so terribly complicated and oh so very much like the people we know, or where some of the very personalities shown, remind us of ourselves, of the ways we were, or are. Superior Women takes us into the lives of five women who were college students at Radcliffe together at one time, and then Ms. Adams carries us into their adult lives, so we at least read about twenty years into the lives of these females. Meet Lavinia from Virginia, so vain, the perfect blonde who has everything going for her, or has she? She has wealth and good looks, but can these things give her what she truly wants out of life? Then we have Janet, not a favourite of Lavinia's, who does not considers Jews. But Janet is a good student and dedicated to her beau an army lad. Now let's look at Cathy who is the mysterious one, who everyone tries to figure out and no one seems to be able to do this with any luck. A very interesting person but??? Then we meet Peg who has a problem with her weight but and tends to remain on the heavy side, and sticks to Lavinia and Megan. It is in the latter part of her life that her life changes beyond belief just wait for this surprise, and then lastly, the one woman I consider the main character of the entire novel Megan Greene. Megan hails from California but has yearned to come to the East after meeting a young man from Cape Cod whom she suspects is wealthy, and she thinks she might have a chance with. Megan pulls out all the stops to get to Radcliff in Massachusetts, eager to leave her dowdy existence and her humble parentsin California. You will be mesmerized and entertained as the lives of these five women interlace in this amazing book. If you like Rona Jaffe's books you will certainly enjoy this one. Highly recommended!!! A treat!!! Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar. Bridgetown, BARBADOS 03/04/06

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