One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401301613
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About 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. 185 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.
kp9949 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Different from "Sex & The City" but with the same New York feel. Candace Bushnell writes of a group of people who inhabit One Fifth Avenue. These were interesting people although quite different from the people that most of us know in our normal, "little" lives. Intriguing personalities -- some likeable, some not so much. I enjoyed this people and I enjoyed the read.
CatheOlson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun read with lots going on about the various residents of an apartment building in New York.
kcadd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and found it entertaining. It took me into a world I would never live in, and see how NYC socialites live their lives. It was nice to read something that was different from the "normal" world of dating/relationships/jobs/mid-life crises books I read about all the time.
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the show Sex and the City, when I first saw this book on the shelves, I knew I would like it. As much as I love small town life, I am a sucker for books and tv shows about the sickeningly wealthy. Real Housewives, Laguna Beach and The Hills, NYC Prep¿ They are all shows I can¿t tear myself away from.This book reminds me a lot of the movie Crash. There are soooo many characters and their lives are all intertwined at some point of the book.Mindy Gooch, her husband James and son Sam live in the former workers quarters of One Fifth. Mindy is in charge of the board and no one likes her. James is an author, or so he likes to call himself. Mindy on the other hand wishes he¿d work. And Sam is a computer genius, which eventually gets him in trouble.Enid Merle and her nephew Philip live side by side. Enid is an old socialite who writes a column about all of the celebs and high life in the city. Philip is a famous playwright who can¿t settle down and thinks a little too much with his ¿willy¿ which also gets him in trouble.Schiffer Diamond is a 40 something actress who has just moved back to the city. She has been on again, off again with Philip since they were young, but is it enough to get serious? Or just another reason to run away?Annalisa and Paul Rice are new to the city. Paul is in ¿hedge funds¿ and Annalisa quit her job as a lawyer in DC to move. They scored a 3 floor apartment and although they¿ve had money, now they¿re rolling in it. They¿re whole lives are about to change.Oh, and then there¿s Lola. A 22 year old who loves her some money. She wants the life in New York more than anything and will do ANYTHING to get her some dough.If you read this book, you¿ll be amazed at how each of these characters end up in the lives of the others. I normally don¿t try to write too much about the people in the books. I like for you to be able to meet them yourself. But I think for me to fairly talk about the mixed up world this book shows you, you need to know them.This book is everything I imagined and more when it comes to NYC drama. I took some real estate classes and know that co-ops can be very serious business and there¿s a lot of rules, but let me tell you, it gets UGLY! During high school and even in college, I always seemed to attract drama. As much as I hate it, it was always with me and my group of friends. I have tried to distance myself from it since. Trying hard to do everything I can to lead a drama-free life. This book gave me anxiety because there is so much drama.If you¿ve seen Sex and the City, you probably know how dirty it is. On TBS, they¿ve cleaned it up. On HBO, I saw things I imagine pornos don¿t even show. I knew that Bushnell had a sexual side, obvious from Sex and the City. That also weaves itself through this book. Now there are 400+ pages of this book and the sex doesn¿t take up a lot of it, but there are some steamy scenes and there are some vulgar scenes. And she doesn¿t use the words ¿willy¿ and ¿doodles¿ and ¿vahjayjay¿¿ when they have sex, you get the full picture.As a blogger, I like how blogging the blogging that took place in this book. There¿s a young cat name Thayer who writes for a blog and pretty much just trashes people. He reminds me of Perez (no offense, I¿ve been a fan for a few years). Mindy Gooch also starts up a blog to pretty much complain about her life, but it ends up being a hit. I¿ve learned that the problems I have faced, many people have faced them and will discuss them if you open the door. I imagine Mindy¿s blog being the same way. Oh if only I could get paid to blog!Money is a huge part of this book. When my parents were married, I¿ll be the first to admit I was spoiled. When my parents divorced, I saw first hand how hard it was to raise two kids on a teachers salary. But my mom did it and I think because of that, I am a wise spender. I feel guilty when I buy something for more than $50 and I normally don¿t buy things that aren¿t on sale. I¿ve learned how to buy nice thi
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit too busy with characters I ended up not attaching to very well. It could just be that I listened to this as an audio book and couldn't keep track of each of the characters, or that it took so long in the short time I had each day to listen, but I just didn't follow it like I should. Still, very much about NYC's rich and not so well mannered! :)
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one is a toughie. I haven¿t decided whether I liked this one or not.... yet. I¿m leaning towards the not liking direction though. The story revolves around the lives of the residents of a luxury building on Fifth Avenue. A place that just by living in it or being seen entering or exiting from it - meant wealth and power. Each resident of One Fifth is interconnected somehow and it was neat to see how one of their actions would cause an effect in one of their neighbors¿ lives. I also liked that architecture was the center-piece of the story. I will say, that there were a lot of characters (each written in the first person) introduced all at once, which was confusing at first, but once I got passed that and actually started focusing on who was who and what was what it became easier to read and the pages began turning. The writing was very hip and fresh and I loved her comments on 20-somethings, bloggers and the Internet. But in the end, it just didn¿t strike a note with me. I don¿t know if it was that I just didn¿t connect with any of the characters or that we have no similarities in common, but I found that none of the characters were likeable. There was one character that I did like but she was the one that we barely read about (figures). I got the impression that this book was expressly written to become a movie or tv series. All in all, if you like reading stories about New York City life, sex, lies and money, (Drama, Drama, Drama), then this is something that I¿d recommend you read.
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Candace Bushnell is trying to be Edith Wharton again - but this time she comes closer to the mark. Indeed, the middle section of the book is surprisingly depressing, as the characters ponder the pointlessness of their lives. The plot picks up toward the end, however, as these same people become double-crossing criminals. At this point, the book gains the gossipy, breathless quality most readers were probably expecting. I thought this was the best of her books - she's becoming a better, more careful writer.
jatrees on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a highly satisfying book from Candace Bushnell. Her characters offer an often not-so-flattering picture of New York society, which gives them an honesty that's often not found in books of this genre. The simultaneous plot lines about the inhabitants of a chic 5th Avenue building are more than just amusing - they tell an interesting story that stays with you after the book ends.
roseysweetpea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book with its mulitple characters that all interconnect. While the story can get confusing at times it is overall an excellent read with happiness and heartache.
szferris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
what a fun movie this would be....the stories of all the folks who live at this grand address were a lot of fun. it is always great to be able to visualize so clearly the story.....with the right casting you are looking at another summer chick flick blockbuster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lipstick Jungle, Sex and the City and even the tv show Gossip Girl all similarly address the lives of the wealthy in New York City. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell follows the lives of the super affluent and wannabe wealthy residents of One Fifth Avenue. Perhaps the most annoying, nosy resident is Mindy Gooch, she is the board director and has her own blog. Although she is very driven and intelligent, she is extremely unliked by many. Mindy’s husband James, is a writer and a disappointment to her. Their son Sam is very technologically savvy and is loved by all of the residents, that is before new ones move in. One of the wealthiest residents is Louise Houghton, who has three beautiful and elegant floors of the building. This apartment is envied by many and when she dies many people want to buy it but they cannot afford it. So when the Rice’s, who have new money, want to buy it for twenty million people are hesitant because Paul Rice is a businessman. Paul immediately dislikes Mindy because of her nosiness so they constantly bicker and disagree with each other. Billy Litchfield, the aficionado to all things art, fashion, real estate, etc. aids people in their purchases or who to spend their time with, however, he cannot afford most of these luxuries himself, so he’s often unhappy. Schiffer Diamond, the actress, returns after years of living in California. With her return, the building receives a lot of press, which is bad according to Mindy. Schiffer starts to steam things up again with her ex-boyfriend Philip Merle, the writer and nephew of Enid Merle. However, Philip is taken, by Lola Fabrikant, the young, determined, rude, lazy new girl of New York City. Their relationship ends in shambles, but Philip and Schiffer reunite. I thought that the book was very good and entertaining to read. I liked Schiffer and Annalisa, but did not like Lola and James because of their personalities. I enjoy reading books based in New York City, so I liked the setting of the book. The dialogue in many cases was extremely amusing to me, perhaps because of the peculiarity or absurdity of some of the characters thoughts and actions. When Lola Fabrikant is ready to move to New York City her parents join her to aid her in finding an apartment and job. Lola is not pleased easily and will not accept that in her father’s price range cannot have the apartment she desires. Instead of accepting a reasonably priced apartment, she pushes her father to rent one that is extremely out of budget. Lola does not consider anybody except herself. She constantly tries to insert herself into the world of the rich and famous, but sacrifices her morality and honesty to do so. I think that Lola’s behavior is one of the reasons why many people do not like her, including myself. When Mindy Gooch demanded the key from Sam to the Rice’s apartment I think that was a low for her. She has always been nosy, but she hasn’t broken into somebody else’s apartment before. Mindy’s behavior and actions slowly got worse as the book progresses. When Enid threatens Lola to get her to stay away from Philip, I think that she did a good thing for him. Enid saw that Lola was fake and self-centered and wouldn’t be good for him. Enid’s actions led to Philip reuniting with his true love. I think that Enid may have seemed terrible in the beginning, but her character really blossomed into a great one. Overall, I definitely would recommend this book because of its amusing and drama filled plot.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.