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One Fifth Avenue
One Fifth Avenue
Author: Candace Bushnell
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 esta...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781401301613
ISBN-10: 1401301614
Publication Date: 8/26/2008
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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NCKristen avatar reviewed One Fifth Avenue on
Helpful Score: 5
This one from Candace Bushnell was a struggle to get through. Her writing tends to be uneven, some books are really good and some just fail to capture your interest like this one. There aren't any characters I really cared about and none had any real depth. Billy left me scratching my head as I couldn't figure out his motives. I had a tough time finishing this (and I love a good chick lit novel!).
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Helpful Score: 1
Set in a fictional building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, this novel chronicles the lives of its various inhabitants, from the resident dowager, Mrs. Houghton, to the upstart nouveaux riches Annalisa and Paul Rice. The book starts rather slowly, but the intrigue of the various characters pulls you in. The book has a good insight into the zeitgeist of life in New York among the rich and not-so-famous.
getinmybellykelly avatar reviewed One Fifth Avenue on
Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoy all of Candace Bushnell's books and this one was no exception. It is on the LONG side so it took some heavy-duty reading sessions to get it done, but I was highly entertained as usual.
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Loved it! Juicy and great.
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One of her better reads.
butchsmom avatar reviewed One Fifth Avenue on + 23 more book reviews
I could hardly put this book down. I enjoyed the escapism of the story. The characters were well written and I could imagine knowing them. I loved the harsh realness and the sappy love story aspects of lives of the residents of One Fifth.

I would recommend this for anyone who loves New York, or just loves to peak into the lives of New Yorkers. I think this is the best book by Candace Bushnell so far and now I am looking forward to her next book.
rowanvamp0 avatar reviewed One Fifth Avenue on + 9 more book reviews
I had never read a Candace Bushnell novel before this and never seen a complete episode of Sex and the City, though I had heard of it. On previewing an excerpt of One Fifth in Vogue, I was intrigued by the profoundly shallow character of Lola Fabrikant, a fabricated girl with a name to match. Now on reading the book, I am genuinely impressed. Candace Bushnell is a true storyteller, and that's no small praise. She's written a page turner, crafted memorable characters with individuality and personality, and given them the most luscious lines to speak. Her subject is not sex despite what you may think. Bushnell's real subject is the pursuit of status and success in New York City at the present moment. Many have tried this subject before, but the Jayne Krentzes and Rona Jaffes of the past were hacks compared to Bushnell. She's not an artist, but she is very clever and even wise. And she spins a darn good story, which is what a novel, to me, should be about. Almost every character in One Fifth Avenue is lacking his heart's desire, is deeply dissatisfied, and these frustrated desires, which conflict with those of their neighbors, drive the plot lines of the novel. The greatest desire of all is not for love, but for real estate, in the form of a penthouse triplex at One Fifth Avenue, up for sale after the death of its centenarian socialite owner, felled on her own terrace in a driving rainstorm. A crowning irony is that this aged doyenne who possesses the acme of desire, the immense apartment atop Manhattan's coveted address, dies of pneumonia because her servants can't locate her in time in the 7,000 square foot apartment. Such is the futility of possession.
JanieK avatar reviewed One Fifth Avenue on + 54 more book reviews
Unbelievably boring. I always have to finish a book (I may have to rethink this policy!). Reading this book was like standing in high heels and watching paint dry in 90% humidity! (Painful and deadly boring!)
This book was boring. (It bears repeating!)
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I really enjoyed this book - All the characters were unique and interesting, and the way the author associated them all together was amazing -
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Like most Candace Bushnell books for me, it took me a while to get into this story. Too many characters were introduced all at once and it was hard to keep track.

But, once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down! I ended up really enjoying it!

So, slow in the beginning, but almost half-way through it gets really interesting.
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The best escapest beach/summer/vacation book read ever. A quick fun read, with enough excitment to keep you in to it. But never to much to get to deep. A light frothy non-intelectual read in the most wonderfull relaxing, let your cares go kind of way!


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