THE GROUP follows eight graduates from exclusive Vassar College as they find love and heartbreak, forge careers, gossip and party in 1930s Manhattan.
THE GROUP can be seen as the original SEX AND THE CITY. It is the first novel to frankly portray women's real lives, exploring subjects such as sex, contraception, motherhood and marriage.
The original SEX AND THE CITY. First published in 1963, THE GROUP, set in the 1930s, follows the lives of eight college friends as they begin their adult lives. 'A brilliant novel:honest, engaging and sharp as a tack' Sarah Waters
*'A brilliant novel:honest, engaging and sharp as a tack' Sarah Waters *'One of my favourite books ever' India Knight 'Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining' SUNDAY TIMES 'Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant' COSMOPOLITAN 'Focusing on a group of New York friends, its open discussion of sex and contraception, careers and motherhood was unprecedented and it can now be seen as the precursor of the women's novel - without THE GROUP there would certainly be no SEX AND THE CITY' INDEPENDENT 'Her greatest novel ... marvellous ... a prophetic book which set the scene ... for the novels of protest and liberation in the next decade' INDEPENDENT 'Scalpel-keen prose, honed on ruthless wit and insight' OBSERVER 'She is a sparkler, a very funny, very savage moralist, and a brilliant mimic' SPECTATOR
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a well-known novelist, critic, journalist and memoirist. Her most famous novel is THE GROUP.