The group

13.52

‘The Group’ follows eight graduates from exclusive Vassar College as they find love and heartbreak, and choose careers and husbands against the backdrop of 1930s New York.

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“Absorbing, funny, painful … a beautifully managed novel … I consider it a masterpiece” – Hilary Mantel 

“Focusing on a group of New York friends, it’s open discussion of sex and contraception, careers and motherhood was unprecedented and it can now be seen as the precursor of the women’s novel- without The Group there would certainly be no Sex and the city,” – Independent

“She’s so funny and bitter and clear-sighted and witty that it was a real joy to read. I can’t recommend it highly enough,”- Marian Keyes

“Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining,”- The Times 

“Juicy, shocking, witty and almost continually brilliant,”- Cosmopolitan

“One of my favourite books ever,”- India Knight

Mary McCarthy’s most celebrated novel portrays the lives and aspirations of eight Vassar graduates. ‘The group’ meet in New York following graduation to attend the wedding of one of their friends – and reconvene seven years later at her funeral. The women, fresh from college, vowed not to become stuffy and frightened like their parents, but to lead fulfilling, emancipated lives. Who really achieved this – and what sacrifices and compromises had to be made? ‘McCarthy’s characters confront many of the same issues as their modern counterparts: sex and contraception, career and marriage, love and lust, fidelity to one’s husband versus loyalty to one’s friends and the attempt to carve out a place for oneself unconstrained by the gender limitations of previous generations. 

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Weight0.355 kg
Dimensions19.6 × 12.9 × 3 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

437

Language

English

Edition

|Reprint

Dewey

813.52 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K