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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Schwarz Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " Very biting look at jealousy and keeping up with the neighbors. Schwarz also portrayed the problem when a little lie grows until it's out of control. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kenji | 2/13/2014

    " This book has taught me the realities in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzy | 2/4/2014

    " I picked this book off the shelf at random at my local library. Although not a really powerful book, it was still enjoyable. The authors style is different from what I have read before so that makes it unique and different. I was not fond of the end, but yet it ended how it should have. I wanted to know more of what happened next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/2/2014

    " Blah blah blah. Boring. Didn't grab me at all. Kept wanting it to get better. I just wanted the woman to write her darn book already. Snore ..... "

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