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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candace Bushnell Narrator: Donna Murphy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781401390280
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From one of the most consistently astute and engaging social commentators of our day comes another look at the tough and tender women of New York City—this time, through the lens of where they live.

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 established—or hope to establish. From the hedge fund king’s wife to the aging gossip columnist to the free-spirited actress (a recent refugee from L.A.), each person’s game plan for a rich life comes together under the soaring roof of this landmark building.

Acutely observed and mercilessly witty, One Fifth Avenue is a modern-day story of old and new money, that same combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York’s Gilded Age and F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Many decades later, Bushnell’s New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: They thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful—at least to the public eye. But Bushnell is an original, and One Fifth Avenue is so fresh that it reads as if sexual politics, real estate theft, and fortunes lost in a day have never happened before.

From Sex and the City through four successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York minute and, as one critic put it, staying uncannily “just the slightest bit ahead of the curve.” And with each book, she has deepened her range, but with a light touch that makes her complex literary accomplishments look easy. Her stories progress so nimbly and ring so true that it can seem as if anyone might write them—when, in fact, no one writes novels quite like Candace Bushnell. Fortunately for us, with One Fifth Avenue, she has done it again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One Fifth Avenue is all things an escapist read she be: quick and wicked and wry. There's a blown-out bitch to root against, a star-crossed couple to root for, and a Tim Gunn-style best friend who deserves his own book. Great, guiltless fun.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Where [Bushnell] goes, her army of stilettoed fans follow. You gotta love it: the conflict, the secrets-telling, the peek into the world of the rich and valueless. It all adds up to a juicy summer read.”

    New York Post

  • “Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black-hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadette | 2/17/2014

    " fast and easy fluff book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles C. | 2/14/2014

    " very entertaining, but a little predictable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lylia | 2/5/2014

    " I was eager to finish this book. It wasn't the best book I have read - kinda boring and dull. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 1/20/2014

    " I didn't really expect I'd like this book since I'm not a real fan of super girly chick books. I guess there's more depth to this book - there are several different plot lines going on that are all interwoven and I really enjoyed the stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samara | 1/17/2014

    " This should be a fluff piece - but instead it's WAY too serious. This is more about the building than the people who live there - who aren't very interesting. Am I just getting too old for this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/11/2014

    " Quick, light read. Great for my commute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia Copeskey | 1/9/2014

    " Loved this book! Yet another solid novel from Bushnell - lots of characters and stories making you want to continue reading so you can get back to a storyline you were really enjoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yessy619 | 12/6/2013

    " Overall, I enjoyed the plot but at times I felt there were too many characters and it was a little overwhelming to follow. Good book though. I'm looking forward to reading other Candace Bushnell books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pearl23 | 9/30/2013

    " It made me want to move to the city again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jia | 7/26/2013

    " I always enjoy a guilty chick-lit read, but this did not satisfy. I read this on my phone while waiting for the bus, or while riding public transport, which is probably the best way to read it, if at all. There are better fluff reads out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/25/2013

    " Guilty pleasure: I kind of love candace bushnell. Especially this one. She's wickedly funny rather frequently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 4/20/2013

    " yes, of course I read it! Bushnell actually makes one of the Characters' last names Bushnell and plugs the Sex and the City Movie as many times as she can remember! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 2/8/2013

    " Sort of entertaining, sort of lame. Definitely not as good as Sex and the City. Bushnell should have stopped while she was ahead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JennS | 1/12/2013

    " My first read on kindle. I love everything written by Candace Bushnell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/7/2013

    " This is pure fun to read and has some sexy scenes too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chasity | 6/29/2012

    " well, tried to read - gave up (returning book to Costco) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carly | 5/20/2012

    " Not my favorite read this year. I hadn't read a Candace Bushnell book before and after this one, might not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lis | 5/19/2012

    " Light reading suitable for the beach. Characters were predictable and boring. Story lines were familiar as if picked from a Jackie Collins novel or tabloid. Ending was disappointing. Only mildly entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desertwoman | 2/25/2012

    " I was really hoping this would grab me, but it was a little too girly-girl for me, i.e. too unrealistic like a chick flick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Mihai Popescu | 12/19/2011

    " Ok! I like her writing. One moment I thought she'll become Jilly Cooper, but I was wrong. Nice structured book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kassin | 7/26/2011

    " Bought this at the airport so I could have a no-brainer read on a long flight, and it did the trick! Never read the Sex and the City book(s), but I assume it's similar. Definitely a "fun" read... not the best but it served its purpose. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amandajane13 | 6/30/2011

    " Better than 4 Blondes and Trading Up but still a disappointment. The characters lack any morals and show no growth. If that is what people in the world of high society are really like, I'll be happy to stay on the farm! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 6/26/2011

    " It was a summer escape novel with its variety of characters all out of my every day life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/14/2011

    " Soap operas of the american variety are a bit of a guilty pleasure. Like bubble gum for the brain. This is a bit like a cross between trashy romance and a soap. Totally indulgent but couldn't put it down. It might not be deep or meaningful but it is pure escapism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Novita | 6/10/2011

    " it's just too thick to enjoy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 6/9/2011

    " very good so far love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marta | 6/7/2011

    " Entertaining but a little bit shallow with some ather superficial characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/2/2011

    " I'm not a chick-lit fan, so it's a surprise I even read this. But the woman next to me on a flight from Paris to NYC told me it was a fast read, so I took her up on it. It's slow at first, but I really enjoyed it after awhile. If you are familiar with NYC, it's even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 5/28/2011

    " Read it from start to finish. Funny, flashy and full of fun! "

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About the Author
Author Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle also became the basis for a popular television series on NBC. She grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and has written for publications including Mademoiselle, Self magazine, and Esquire. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award.