The Best of Everything

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Penguin Books Limited, May 5, 2011 - Fiction - 512 pages
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When it first published in 1958, Rona Jaffe's debut novel electrified readers who saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor's office; naive country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Now a classic, and as page-turning as when it first came out, The Best of Everything portrays their lives and passions with intelligence, affection, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

Includes a foreword by the author.

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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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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I thought this was a great read! Though published in 1958 the book had a very modern feel to me. When it comes to interpersonal relationships, some things never change! I thought the end was very clever! Read full review

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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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About the author (2011)

Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan. Jaffe wrote her first book, The Best of Everything, while working as an associate editor at Fawcett Publications in the 1950s. Published in 1958, it was later made into a movie, starring Joan Crawford. Jaffe subsequently published six additional novels during her career. She died in 2005 in London.

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