The Group

The Group

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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This smash bestseller about privileged Vassar classmates shocked America in the sixties and remains "juicy . . . witty . . . brilliant" ( Cosmopolitan ).
At Vassar, they were known as "the group"--eight young women of privilege, the closest of friends, an eclectic mix of vibrant personalities. A week after graduation in 1933, they all gather for the wedding of Kay Strong, one of their own, before going their separate ways in the world. In the years that follow, they will each know accomplishment and loss in equal measure, pursuing careers and marriage, experiencing the joys and traumas of sexual awakening and motherhood, all while suffering through betrayals, infidelities, and sometimes madness. Some of them will drift apart. Some will play important roles in the personal dramas of others. But it is tragedy that will ultimately unite the group once again.
A novel that stunned the world when it was first published in 1963, Mary McCarthy's The Group found acclaim, controversy, and a place atop the New York Times bestseller list for nearly two years for its frank and controversial exploration of women's issues, social concerns, and sexuality. A blistering satire of the mores of an emergent generation of women, The Group is McCarthy's enduring masterpiece, still as relevant, powerful, and wonderfully entertaining fifty years on.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media Integrated Media, 2013
ISBN: 9781480438231
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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This funny yet satirical novel tells the story of eight Vassar graduates living in NYC in the 1930s.

This funny yet satirical novel tells the story of eight Vassar graduates living in NYC in the 1930s.

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Jul 08, 2019

Of its time, but still fresh. A group of Vassar (?) graduates and what they did with their lives in the 1930s (!).

Mar 04, 2019

A celebrated best seller when it was published in 1963, Mary McCarthy's "The Group" has not aged particularly well. Focused on a group (the group of the title) of Vasser grads in NYC in the 1930s, the sex, banter, and discussion of taboo topics like birth control and ethnicity may have been racy in the 60s, but it's a little stale now. It was apparently an inspiration for "Sex and the City." Several interesting facts about McCarthy: She was married to Edmund Wilson, she had a feud with Lillian Hellman, and she was born in Seattle. There's also a film of "The Group."

Mar 28, 2017

Published in the early 1960's, this book, which relates the story of a group of friends in the 1930's who'd gone to university together, became a modern classic and stayed on best-seller lists off and on for years. What interested me the most was how much has changed in the intervening years, regarding male-female relationships, social mores, child-rearing and so forth, and also how much has stayed the same!

Nov 17, 2015

A sardonic and trenchant read, indeed. A witty look inside the lives of Vassar's class of '33 explicitly exploring love affairs, birth control/body politics, social justice and politics, sexual identity, and more. An engrossing and character-driven treat.

Apr 30, 2014

I'd recommend this book for those who enjoy reading about female friendships, as well as people who are interested in social history.

RutHut Feb 18, 2011

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