This article will be a conclusion on One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell.
Once again, Candace Bushnell serves us a sharp and outrageous book about New York people and their social habits. One of these habits is that everyone is a writer, or a writer wannabe. Philip Oakland and James Gooch are, of course, credited writers. But there are lots of other writers in this book. Enid Merle, Philip’s aunt, is a gossip columnist. Mindi Gooch works in Publishing and writes a blog about her frustrating life. Thayer, a friend of Lola’s, is a blogger who writes a very popular blog about social events and people from New York. Even Lola Fabrikant fancies herself as a writer at some point and starts to write a sex column on a blog. An inflation of writers in New York City.
And One Fifth Avenue is not the only book by Candace Bushnell abounding with writers or writer wannabes. First of all, her consecrated character Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries is a writer. Then Janey Wilcox from Four Blondes and Trading Up comes along, attempting “to be a writer” and trying to write a movie script. Either she finishes it or not, that’s another issue. Then the other blondes from Four Blondes write as well – the journalist Winnie Deeke and the writer Minky. Lots and lots of writers in Candace Bushnell’s book, literally an invasion of writers. Some of them are real writers all right, like Carrie Bradshaw for instance, but how about the others? While reading Candace Bushnell’s books, one can’t help but wonder – does everybody in New York aspire to be a writer?
Another feature of Candace Bushnell’s books is the coming back of some of the characters in each of them. The six books written by Candace Bushnell can be divided in two series – the Carrie Bradshaw series (Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries) and the series about social habits in New York (Four Blondes, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle and One Fifth Avenue). The coming back of the characters feature occurs in the second series of the books. Janey Wilcox, Comstock Dibble, Selden Rose, Victor Matrick, Redmon Richardly, and other characters keep coming back in each of these four books, giving the impression that all the books by Candace Bushnell are a long series of novels and each novel is a sequel of the precedent. However, each of them can be read independently, not necessarily in the order they were written and published, without losing track of the plot.
Read One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell, and you’ll have real fun – it’s a great page turner.
One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell is available in Toronto, in paperback, at Indigo Books & Music stores and wherever books are sold. Some of Indigo stores are located at Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkdale Mall, Bloor Street. It is also available to buy online, at Chapters.Indigo.ca, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.
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