All Is Vanity: A Novel

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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 husband’s new job has thrust her, Margaret sees a plot unfolding that’s 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 friend’s stories as fast as she can live them. Hungry for the world’s regard, Margaret rashly sacrifices one of the things most precious to her, until the novel’s 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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ALL IS VANITY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

After her compassionate and hugely successful debut (Drowning Ruth, 2000), Schwarz returns with something completely different: a mean-spirited account of how a would-be novelist who can't write ... Read full review

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User Review  - twryan72 - LibraryThing

I agree with most of the comments that it was slow in the beginning. However...because I finished it and really enjoyed the second half's drama...I am happy I stuck with it. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
16
Section 3
23
Section 4
37
Section 5
61
Section 6
71
Section 7
89
Section 8
109
Section 17
265
Section 18
284
Section 19
287
Section 20
295
Section 21
315
Section 22
322
Section 23
323
Section 24
325

Section 9
117
Section 10
133
Section 11
147
Section 12
179
Section 13
193
Section 14
215
Section 15
244
Section 16
245
Section 25
335
Section 26
345
Section 27
351
Section 28
356
Section 29
363
Section 30
365
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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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