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People Like Us
People Like Us
Author: Dominick Dunne
The way journalist Gus Bailey tells it, old money is always preferred, but occasionally new money sneaks in--even where it is most unwelcome. After moving from Cincinnati, Elias and Ruby Renthal strike it even richer in New York, turning their millions into billions. It would be impolite for high society to refuse them now. Not to mention disadv...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553278910
ISBN-10: 0553278916
Publication Date: 5/1/1990
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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From Library Journal:
Best-selling author ( The Two Mrs. Grenvilles , 1985) and Vanity Fair contributor Dunne presents a contemporary comedy of manners (really a satirical "tragedy of morals") that examines the values of Manhattan's old families and "nouveau riche" alike. Juxtaposed against the problems of opulent "Social Register" types at the "best" parties are basic issues with far-reaching consequences, often escaping the understanding of these inbred members of high society. When disasters touch those at the top, their lives must be reshaped, enabling some to restructure their existences more realistically. Discerning readers will find much to ponder within sublevels of this entertaining story. Highly recommended.
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Sad, funny and interesting all at the same time.
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I enjoyed this book, although it is not a type of book i would usually read. The multiple characters, plots, and lavish names do get difficult to keep straight.