The Best of Everything

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Penguin Books, 1958 - Fiction - 437 pages
379 Reviews

When Rona Jaffe's superb page-turner was first published in 1958, it changed contemporary fiction forever.áSome readers were shocked, but millions more were electrified when they saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. Almost sixty years later, The Best of Everything remains touchingly--and sometimes hilariously--true to the personal and professional struggles women face in the city. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor's office; na´ve country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Jaffe follows their adventures with intelligence, sympathy, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

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This was definitely a page turner! - Goodreads
The ending was rushed and abrupt. - Goodreads
Great character development. - Goodreads
Developed characters and delicately woven plot line. - Goodreads
I was disappointed with the ending. - Goodreads
Definitely read the introduction by the author. - Goodreads

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According to the cover, The Best Of Everything was featured in Mad Men. I'm not sure whether it was considered a classic prior to this fortunate product placement, but I am at a loss to understand ... Read full review

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I'm a sucker for 1950's New York City stories. Read full review

About the author (1958)

Rona Jaffe is the New York Times bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed novels The Road Taken, The Cousins, Family Secrets, and Five Women, as well as the classic bestsellers Class Reunion and The Best of Everything. She is the founder of the Rona Jaffe Foundation, which presents a national literary award to promising female writers.

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