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MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series, Book #4) by [Harris, Ruth]
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"Sharply and stylishly written. Without sermonizing, Harris manages to write with intellect, insight and humor about the good, bad and ugly aspects of being a woman. While her focus is on women, she gives some well-thought time to the men who came of age during the period, tracking their development and proving herself an effective social commentator in the process.
"Jane, Lincky and Elly are by turns bold, insecure, determined, passionate, daring and unconventional. Through these women Harris examines sexuality, love, success and personal happiness." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Author Ruth Harris' rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age-in-the-sexist-'60s story. Funny, sad, vivid, and more than raunchy enough to satisfy the most ribald appetites. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades. --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Ruth Harris has written a superb 'rags to riches' story. Harris create characters that are alive and familiar. These three women, Lincky, Jane and Elly, are like old friends, women we've all known. Their experiences, hopes and fears are universal.
"The heroines find themselves in the forefront of the feminist revolution. And yet like most modern women they, too, wonder if they will find the right man and or how to get rid of the wrong one. Each in their own way finds success at the top and a successful relationship. You'll love MODERN WOMEN." —West Coast Review of Books

"Upbeat, sassy. Harris' latest effort will engage fans and newcomers alike with its likable characters and enjoyable forays into the popular culture of the 1960s. The story centers on three women in the their twenties at the time of John F. Kennedy's assassination (a recurring motif) who dabble in the sexual, cultural and political freedoms that raucous era thrust upon the new generation.
"Filled with romantic sparks, fast action and interesting tidbits of social history." —Booklist

"Entertaining. Ruth Harris' breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations on the natures of men and women make MODERN WOMEN fun to read." —Dallas News

From the Author

Ruth Harris is a New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." Her entertaining, intelligent novels have sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback, and ebook editions, and were prominent selections of leading book clubs including the Literary Guild and the Book Of The Month Club.

Ruth writes about strong, savvy, witty women who do their best to succeed and, when sometimes they don't get what they want, they find something even better along the way. Critics have compared Ruth to Nora Ephron and Joan Didion and called her books  "brilliant," "steamy," "stylishly written," "richly plotted," "first-class entertainment" and "a sure thing."

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  • File Size: 3311 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGX5ES
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fascinating novel about three women, the man in their lives and the story of how they all changed during the tempestuous 60s, 70s and 80s when women and their roles were going through their own revolution. Lincky, smart and beautiful; outrageous Jane and Elly the dreamer are unforgettable but at the same time familiar and unique. The only thing I didn't like about this book was getting to the end when there were no more pages to turn.
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Best book I have read in ages! Turned me into a Ruth Harris fan. Laugh-out-loud funny in places, touching in others. With three very likeable and relatable women making their way through careers,marriage and motherhood. So enjoyable its no wonder it was a bestseller.
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What I liked the best of this book was the honesty in the writing. The steady-eyed, sometimes stark look at male-female relationships that still make the world turn.
The setting is fabulous all on its own. Incorporating the raging atmosphere of the 60s and 70s, the decades take on a role of their own, sometimes becoming as important to the characters' lives as the plot. The feminist movements, the changes in attitude that the reader sees towards women as the story progresses is astounding, and for me, who did not live through those years, a revelation.
I'm in love with the characters that fill this book. I finished reading it earlier this afternoon, and their voices are still roaming around my head. They are so vibrant and complex, so different one from the other, that there's no way to forget any of them, or to hate any of them. They are all written with acute sensitivity, creating balanced and believable characters.
This is truly a book about women striving to find themselves and happiness, be it within the boundaries that society laid on them or outside of them. It is a story full of love and hate, of revenge and betrayal, but it is mainly about the lives of these women and the men who touched their lives. It was a joy to follow them through their lives.
I can easily recommend this book to women and men alike.
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I almost quit reading this book so many times! I would actually skip whole pages because it was dragging along so badly. The characters were interesting, comical, very opinionated and sassy, but the author jumped around so much the good characters could make up for it. It has all the makings for a great book, unfortunately it didn't make it there for me.
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I stumbled across Ruth Harris when one of her novels was offered for free on the kindle best sellers list. At first I thought she was another "Danielle Steele" or "Nora Roberts" (no shade) author but she is not. This novel was refreshingly honest about female/male relationships from the 1950s roughly to the 1970s. You can see the roles of men/women changing as society changes- I liked that. Not only did the sex roles change throughout the decades but Harris never lost the focus of the story. I can agree with another reviewer- this is not just a "chick" novel. Men and women could enjoy this novel and engage in dicussion afterwards.
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Modern Women mainly tells the story of 3 women, Elly, Jane, and Lincky. The formula followed a few chapters for one character, and then it would move on to another. Just as I was getting comfortable with one character, it would switch. However, this wasn't annoying or unsettling. It kept the story fresh. Yet not so much time would pass in between chapters that you were able to forget about a previous character and her story. In the beginning there were bits of crossover, but by the end it was a merge of the characters and I totally enjoyed that.

This story opens with the assassination of JFK, where each of the women were and what they were doing. We get to peek in on what they were doing, what they were thinking, and how they and the world around them reacted when it happened. Then the story jumps backwards to give us some history and leads us up to that point and then moves forward all the way up into the eighties (although the majority of the story is in the 60s)

Lincky is/was my favorite character. She wasn't a pushover, she was strong, and she went after what she wanted. At the same time she wasn't a b***h about it. There is a scene with her and her boss, Hank Greene, where he is pounding on the door that is just full of so much emotion between the two... Affair or not, you can't deny the passion they have for each other. I could have read a whole book just about these two people. I'm crossing my fingers that their story will take the turn I am hoping for, but time will tell...

I really loved how these women were all so different; raised different, felt different, looked and acted different. But they are similar. They wanted to live differently, see differently, and be seen differently.
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By Carla on December 6, 2012
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Another page turner stay up late, come back from lunch break, go into the bathroom for a half hour great read. Ruth Harris has not let me down yet!!! On to book five my hope is that is as Great as the other four. Hope that you are enjoying these books as much as me. Thank you Ruth Harris for writing such fantastic books.
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