The Group

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The Group

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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

Harcourt Publishing

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).

Authors: McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989
Statement of Responsibility: Mary McCarthy
Title: The group
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, c1963
Characteristics: 487 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "A Harvest book."
Copyright renewed 1982, 1991
ISBN: 0156372088
Branch Call Number: FIC M
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