The Best of Everything

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Penguin Books, 1958 - Fiction - 437 pages
215 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
I was disappointed with the ending. - Goodreads
Developed characters and delicately woven plot line. - Goodreads
The writing is just fine. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carin - Goodreads

I was almost done reading the nonfiction book about feminism, Wonder Women, when I picked up this book, which was good timing. Set in 1952-1955 in New York City, The Best of Everything (the title line ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meredith - Goodreads

The book is showing its age now, but it really does tell it like it was for young working women in publishing in the 1950s. When I got into publishing in the late 1960s, things hadn't changed much but ... 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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