One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews



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.

About Candace Bushnell

See more books from this Author
Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Carrie Diaries, Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, 4 Blondes, and Trading Up, which have sold millions of copies. sex and the city was the basis for the HBO hit show and films of the same name. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.
Published September 22, 2008 by Voice. 433 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for One Fifth Avenue

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Mindy’s hen-pecked novelist husband James also develops a crush on the lissome Lola, who begins paying attention to him when his new book becomes a surprise success.

| Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Society began here and it will end here.” You’d hope the advantages afforded by a surplus — be it money, in the case of this book’s characters, or talent, in the case of Bushnell — might be deployed with more élan.

Sep 26 2008 | Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

Book Reporter

The pursuit of money and the extravagances it can buy, and what it is like to live when money is no object, is the fascinating social commentary written by one of New York’s premier 21st-century novelists, Candace Bushnell.

Jan 13 2011 | Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

The Independent

Bushnell's grasp of her material is so assured that, while a clunking name check is irritating ("Apple wants to carry my book...

Oct 05 2008 | Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

USA Today

Candace Bushnell made pop-culture history with Sex and the City, her column-turned-book-turned-TV-series-turned-movie about accessory-obsessed gal pals making their mark in Manhattan.In One Fifth Avenue, her fifth book, Bushnell tackles more weighty issues without sacrificing details about the gl...

Oct 02 2008 | Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

Take these ultra-urbanites for what they're worth (and it's a bundle): Schiffer Diamond, a glam, leggy actress of a certain age;

| Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

Spectator Book Club

Throw in a rich boyfriend called Big, rent control, friends in PR giving them freebie Birkin bags and you’re pretty much there.

Oct 04 2008 | Read Full Review of One Fifth Avenue

Reader Rating for One Fifth Avenue

An aggregated and normalized score based on 193 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review