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The Group (Hardback)
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The Group (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 02/07/2020
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An updating of Mary McCarthy’s celebrated novel of the same name, Lara Feigel’s compelling ensemble drama examines the lives, hopes and regrets of a band of women in the era of #MeToo. Refreshingly punchy and provocative, The Group tackles contentious themes and timely with wit, compassion and power.

Lara Feigel's first novel, The Group, is a fiercely intelligent, revealing novel about a group of female friends turning forty. Who has children and who doesn't? Whose marriages are working, whose aren't, and who has embarked on completely different models of sexuality and relationships? Who has managed to fulfil their promise, whose life has foundered and what do they think about it, either way?

The Group takes its cue from Mary McCarthy's frank, absorbing novel about a group of female graduates. The relations between men and women may be different now but, in the age of Me Too, they're equally fraught. This is an engrossing portrait of contemporary female life and friendship, and a thrillingly intimate and acute take on female character in an age that may or may not have been changed by feminism in its different strands.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529305005
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 214 x 134 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A very funny and brilliant book. Feigel does a thorough and virtuosic job of describing the dilemmas of contemporary middle-class women' - Rachel Cusk

'An elegant, vivid, fascinating novel, with a profound vision of these lives and this moment in our culture. Pure pleasure' - Tessa Hadley

'The mix of caustic insights and sudden tenderness make the group dynamics arrestingly real. I can't remember the last time I consumed a novel so hungrily' - Guardian

'The Group works because there is nothing self-satisfied in its tone . . . The mix of caustic insights and sudden tenderness make the group dynamics arrestingly real' - Observer

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“A close observation of female friendship”

A group of women have been friends since university. Now turning forty, they assess where they are in their lives.

A closely observed slice of life from the perspective of educated, white, metropolitan middle-class... More

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GadgetGirl71

“Not for Me”

I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in return for my honest review and this is my review:

I managed to finish this book, but it was very hard going. I really did not enjoy this book at all! I didn’t like... More

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GraceJReviewerlady.net

“Not One I Identified With”

I wanted to like this novel - no, I wanted to love it, but in the end it was just okay.

This is the story of a group of female friends; these women have knows each other for a couple of decades and are now about to... More

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