The Group

The Group

Book - 1982
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McCarthy' s most celebrated novel portrays the experiences of eight young women from Vassar College, Class of ' 33. As the story opens, they meet in New York City for the wedding of Kay, one of " the group." The author then describes the lives, loves, and aspirations of these women until they reconvene seven years later in the same city for Kay' s funeral. " Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant" (Cosmopolitan).
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1982, [1989 printing]
ISBN: 9780151372812
Characteristics: 487 p. ; 21 cm


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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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