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One Fifth Avenue Hardcover – September 22, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Sex in the City goes middle-aged, mordant and slapstick in Bushnell's chronicle of writers, actors and Wall Street whizzes clashing at One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers. When a Queen of Society dies, a vicious scramble for her penthouse apartment ensues, and it's attorney Annalisa and her hedge-funder husband, Paul Rice, who land the palatial pad, roiling the building's rivalries. There's Billy Litchfield, an art dealer who slobbers over the wealthy; strivers Mindy and James Gooch, and their tech-savvy 13-year-old Sam, the most hilariously bitter (and strangely successful) family in the building; gossip columnist Enid Merle and her screenwriter nephew, Philip Oakland, who struggle to uphold traditions and their souls; actress Schiffer Diamond, who lands a hit TV series, and her old love; and Lola Fabrikant, a cunning Atlanta gold digger whose greatest ambition is to become Carrie Bradshaw. Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black-hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga. (Sept.)
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“It was part of the pain of living in Manhattan, this overwhelming ache for prime real estate,” writes Bushnell in her first novel since Lipstick Jungle (2005). Two events throw the inhabitants of One Fifth Avenue, Manhattan’s ritziest address, into a tizzy: the return of beautiful actress Schiffer Diamond, and the death of Louise Houghton, who owned the building’s swankiest apartment. Gossip columnist Enid Merle and her dashing nephew Philip Oakland think Louise’s now-available three-story apartment should be divided up, while ambitious Mindy Gooch, whose husband is on the cusp of literary stardom, wants it sold to a high bidder. Mindy gets her way, and nouveau riche couple Paul and Annalisa snap it up for $15 million. But when Mindy refuses to let Paul install a wall-unit air conditioner, he declares war, inciting a conflict that draws in all the residents of the building. Other characters include a scheming Lolita type who tries to sleep her way into One Fifth and a penniless male socialite who has aspired to One Fifth for decades. Devotees of Bushnell’s megahit Sex in the City and fans of New York–aimed satire will enjoy this scathing all’s-fair-in-real-estate novel. --Kristine Huntley
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The book is not as bad as some people on here comment it to be but... it has TO MANY CHARACTERS I have never read a book where their are this many characters. I am not sure what the point of the amount of characters was and she did not give them an equal amount of time the character of Billy who opens up the book disapears till almost half way through the first act of the book another character who shows up around the same time Billy reapears named Lola is annoying she comes into the story as a "Socailite" wannabe from the south who dreams of being in the world of Carrie Bradshaw (this actually is in the book so she does not write in the same universe from book to book yet most of her books if not all are all set in New York City)several characters I started out liking but by the end of the book I felt nothing for them.
One Character in particular who you are introduced to hate Mindy Gooche who is said to be a characterised as a middle aged woman who is unable to have sex due to a pane she feels from penitration. Mindy has a husband named James who is a writer who has written one or two good books and struck it big with his latest book making him think he can get Lola to fall for him which she does. Mindy also has a son Sam who is 13 and feels he needs to be nice to everyone in the building because of his mothers behaivor. Mindy is not rich like the others in the building she lives in an apartment that used to be a maids residents when it was a hotel. Mindy wants to be rich but will never be. By the end of the book you actually do feel something for Mindy she is no better in personality but by the end the people who you are supposed to like all become less sympothetic and Mindy becomes the character to love.
I did not hate the book I did not love it though I would recomend reading it you have to read it till the end and read it for what it is. I thought it was funny and well written but is flawed. I suggest reading Lipstick Jungle either before or after this one because Candace Bushnell can write and Lipstick Jungle is a good book just like this one but focuses on less characters.
Perhaps no location in New York City is more prime than One Fifth....the residents certainly think so and those who aspire to live there are convinced there is no place but One Fifth. Of course, when an apartment sells for twenty million dollars it does radiate a certain charm.
When a long-time resident dies and her apartment becomes available, the residents bare their claws to make sure the integrity of the building is preserved. Neighborly squabbles ensue and sordid histories are revealed. Compassionate newcomer Annalisa, desperately social climbing Lola, movie star Schiffer and the dowdy Mindy (a true Mama Grizzly where her building is concerned), will all both delight and appall readers with their antics. Handsome writer Philip and his nerdy counterpart James, the financial whiz Paul, sympathetic young Sam, despicable Thayer and the wise Enid will all be unveiled at their best and their worst to make this one of those light, candy-coated books you stay up all night reading but would never admit to doing so to your oh-so-enlightened book club. Loved every minute of it!
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It began with such promise that it drew me in.
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