All Is Vanity: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 15, 2002 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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 number-one 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 husbandís new job has thrust her, Margaret sees a plot unfolding thatís 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 friendís stories as fast as she can live them. Hungry for the worldís regard, Margaret rashly sacrifices one of the things most precious to her, until the novelís suspenseful conclusion shows her the terrible consequences of her betrayal.

Widely celebrated for her debut novel, Drowning Ruth, 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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User Review  - Bo Trapnell - Goodreads

Enjoyable as funny and tragic. Ultimately plays like a Lifetime movie without deep insight Read full review

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User Review  - Jan Kellis - Goodreads

Margaret and Lettie have been friends longer than they can remember, and now they're both married, Margaret in NYC with her husband Ted, and Lettie in California with 4 kids and her husband. Margaret ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Christina Schwarz is the author of Drowning Ruth, a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, which was selected for Oprah's Book Club, and Wes Craven optioned film rights for Miramax. She lives in New Hampshire.


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