Escape (to One Fifth Avenue)

May 21, 2010


  Just finished reading One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell. I purchased the copy back in August (while employed, lol) for a trip to Montreal. I never cracked it open, set it aside when I got home, and just found it on Mother’s Day weekend. Bushnell is responsible for the mega-hit series “Sex and the City”, which I loved. She also wrote “Lipstick Jungle” which inspired a short-lived network series starring Brooke Shields. It’s too bad the season finale turned out to be the series finale – it was good.    

With that background, you should have an idea that this was definitely a “fluff” book – made purely for escaping and mentally placing yourself into another location entirely. Perfect vacation or beach/pool book. I couldn’t put it down!    

The dust jacket says:    

In One Fifth Avenue, Bushnell tells the intertwined stories of five women at one swanky Manhattan address. One Fifth is the building – the chicest, the hottest, the one with the best pedigree. And within its gorgeous pre-war walls, fortunes fall and rise in the early days of the new millennium. Here, as in her previous novels, Bushnell turns a gimlet eye on the social and sexual politics of New York’s elite, this time through the lens of where they live.     

The characters run the gamut from a 22-year-old over-indulged young woman, obsessed with everything material, new to the New York scene,  to elderly, old-monied spinsters with nothing better to do than gather gossip and perpetuate old grudges. Seeing how Bushnell winds the characters lives with one another, in the search for greater fame, wealth, and happiness was captivating. I couldn’t help but like, and root for the less than perfect characters. I found the story of Billy Litchfield, not a One Fifth resident, the most intriguing. He knew the ins and outs of the social scene, and exactly how to manipulate the players. With just the right level of drama, whimsy and malice, One Fifth Avenue is a must read – perfect for summer!    

What’s your book recommendation?