The Group

The Group

Book - 1991
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Written with a trenchant, sardonic edge, The Group is a dazzlingly outspoken novel and a captivating look at the social history of America between two world wars.

 

Mary McCarthy’s most celebrated novel follows the lives of eight Vassar graduates, known simply to their classmates as “the group.” An eclectic mix of personalities and upbringings, they meet a week after graduation to watch Kay Strong get married. After the ceremony, the women begin their adult lives—traveling to Europe, tackling the worlds of nursing and publishing, and finding love and heartbreak in the streets of New York City. Through the years, some of the friends grow apart and some become entangled in each other's affairs, but all vow not to become like their mothers and fathers. It is only when one of them passes away that they all come back together again to mourn the loss of a friend, a confidante, and most importantly, a member of the group.

Baker & Taylor
Depicts the experiences of eight Vassar graduates during the thirty years following their graduation

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991, c1982
Edition: 1st HarvestHBJ ed
ISBN: 9780156372084
0156372088
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCARTHY
Characteristics: 487 p. ; 21 cm

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ownedbydoxies
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!

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info_crush
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.

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annfkopec
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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