A Certain Age

A Certain Age

by Tama Janowitz
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A Certain Age by Tama Janowitz

From the bestselling author of Slaves of New York comes a hilarious, clear-eyed, satiric novel about the sad plight of a misguided woman on the make in Manhattan. Thirty-two-year-old Florence Collins is an "aging filly-about-town"--still beautiful enough to be (sometimes) invited to the best parties and the right restaurants, but unmarried and rapidly going broke. In her world, marriage to a wealthy man is all that can save her, although Florence's hard-hearted search for security and status takes her on an inevitable downward spiral.

New York "society novels" at the turn of the nineteenth century gave us a piercing look at the world and rituals of the city's wealthy; Janowitz here casts that tradition in a fresh light, giving us a tirn-of-the-century society novel that demonstrates how little seems to have changed. In a sly and unforgettable portrait of New York's haute monde, Janowitz brilliantly evokes a young woman's struggle for love and survival in the city that is as unforgiving today as it was a hundred years ago.

"If there's anything Tama Janowitz knows about, it's the sheer savagery of our most chic and ultra-sophisticated social arrangements." – The New York Times Book Review

"Her best ever." – Harper's Bazaar

"Janowitz has penned a brutal update of Edith Wharton's The house of Mirth, accurately analyzing the social codes and economic hierarchy that functions in the New York she knows, as Wharton did a century ago." – Detour

"A scathing satire...Janowitz takes a shredder to New York City's crème de la crème." – Philadelphia City Paper

"A sharp-tongued and funny writer." – Chicago Tribune

"Janowitz's writing comes out of a tradition of comic American misantghropy that can be traced back to Twain, passing along the way through such intervening figures as Dreiser, Nathanael West, and the author of whom she is most reminiscent, Ring Lardner." – New York Newsday

"Tama still has her knack for homing in on our worst fears and behavior, and initially, you feel like you can't relate to Florence. Then you realize you only hope you can't relate." – Jane

"[Florence's] steady decline down the social ladder she so desperately want to climb is the stuff of black humor." – Manhattan File

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156717118
Publisher: Roadswell Editions
Publication date: 08/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 424 KB

About the Author

Tama Janowitz has published eleven books, which have been translated into twenty-two languages and made into several films. She lives in upstate New York with her dog, Zizou Zidane, now that the other seven have expired, and her quarter horse mare, Fox, with whom she studies under Stasia Newell.

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A Certain Age 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in 1999 shortly after it's release. It was so painfully slow that I did not pick it up again until a few months ago. It still took 2 months for me to read. I must say however that this is an excellent account of life in Manhattan, New York and what it is really going on in the 30 something crowd. Many of Florence's image concerns,salary concerns, and social standing concerns are very real. While she certainly should not be pittied her experiences could serve as a barometer of what anyone who is not swift,outtspoken and cautious will face when trying to succeed in the Big Apple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was excited to take this book home since I really enjoy Tama Janowitz' other books. I found it very hard to get into, I am usually a quick reader but it took me almost two weeks to get through the first half of the book. I honestly couldn't finish it because it lacked content. It sounded like a good read, I wish it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Certain Age keeps you on the edge of your seat. You want know what happens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The character was well-developed, reminiscent of Candace Bushnell's '4 Blondes.' I kept waiting for something to happen. The book went nowhere with the believable Florence. I don't think that she should have had some wonderful epiphany and turned into a martyr, I just think that after reading a few hundred pages, something more substantial should have happened and definitely sooner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that I hope I am nothing like Florence Collins, I really enjoyed the book and actually felt sorry for her. Even though she brought most of her troubles down on herself, it is almost easy to imagine her nightmare life happening to yourself. Although I didn't love the way it ended, I thought she might actually learn a lesson from her troubles and somehow redeem herself, I still really enjoyed the book and found it a fast and interesting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tama Janowitz has a reputation for writing witty novels. Sadly, I didn't find this to be one of them. From the very first pages of the novel, Janowitz's debt to Edith Wharton is clear, but she doesn't seem to say much that is new, nor is her main character, Florence, particularly sympathetic. I couldn't bear to read the entire novel. Read the original; it's much better.