Friday, July 10, 2009
One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
One thing I've learned by reading almost all of Candace Bushnell's books in succession is how much an author can change over time. This last offering is completely different than the first of hers that I read (4 Blondes). One Fifth Avenue gives more of a cross-section of New York society. There is a contrast between the old and new. I think a lot of us are fascinated by the old school socialites. Those that lived New York through the 20th Century and now have very few left. New York is such a fascinating city. It is a world of contrasts. I really enjoy being there myself, having travelled twice on mission trips working in soup kitchens and outreach programs. This New York is a different one than I experienced. This is the one of the high life. The fashionistas, the trying to be famous, the famous without trying, the very wealthy, the illusion of wealth. It's a world known to few of us. I'm glad I picked up this book. I like the way it folds back the layers of high society. It's well done.