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All Is Vanity

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Publisher Comments:

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 husbands new job has thrust her, Margaret sees a plot unfolding thats 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 friends stories as fast as she can live them. Hungry for the worlds regard, Margaret rashly sacrifices one of the things most precious to her, until the novels 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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About the Author

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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345439116
Author:
Schwarz, Christina
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Self-actualization
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
03-421
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.20x5.54x.91 in. .70 lbs.

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