At once darkly comedic and moving, this witty exploration of
female friendship, envy, and misguided ambition by the author of the bestseller
Drowning Ruth, deliciously satirizes
the desire to shine in the world.
In All is Vanity,
Margaret and Letty, best friends since childhood and now living on opposite
coasts, reach their mid-thirties and begin to chafe at their sense that they
are not where they ought to be in life. Margaret, driven and overconfident,
decides the best way to rectify this is to quit her job and whip out a literary
tour de force. Frustrated almost immediately and humiliated at every turn,
Margaret turns to Letty for support. But as Letty, a stay-at-home mother of
four, begins to feel pressured to make a good showing in the upper-middle-class
Los Angeles society into which her husband’s new job has thrust her, Margaret
sees a plot unfolding that’s better than anything she could make up. Desperate
to finish her book and against her better nature, she pushes Letty to take
greater and greater risks, and secretly steals her friend’s stories as fast as
she can live them. Hungry for the world’s regard, Margaret rashly sacrifices
one of the things most precious to her, until the novel’s suspenseful
conclusion shows her the terrible consequences of her betrayal.
Widely celebrated for her debut novel, Christina Schwarz
once again proves herself to be a writer of remarkable depth and range. Like Drowning Ruth, All is Vanity probes into the mysteries of the human heart and
uncovers the passions that drive ordinary people to break the rules in pursuit
of their own desires. Download and start listening now!