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The Best of Everything

Before Valley of the Dolls and Sex in the City, there was The Best of Everything—the iconic novel of ambitious career girls in New York City.

When it was first published in 1958, Rona Jaffe’s debut novel electrified readers who saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. There’s Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office; naive country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Now a classic, and as page-turning as when it first came out, The Best of Everything portrays their lives and passions with intelligence, affection, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

Praise for Rona Jaffe and The Best of Everything

“A classic of its kind. The dialogue is real, the people are real. Most career girls, past or present, will respond with the shock of authenticity.”

--The Saturday Review

“Exciting, often hilarious, in a few incidences, tragic. Leaves my generation speechless…”

--The Houston Press

“It will ring a bell with anyone who has lived in New York at a time of life when the city looks like a vast crackerjack box of amorous possibilities. It has mountains of merit.” --The New York World Telegram

“Very good, very real.”

--The Seattle Post

“Rona Jaffe will have you believing that very shocking things do happen in New York bars and apartments. This is a story that should be read by girls with dramatic ideas about New York, parents with qualms about their daughters’ ideas, and men with baffling questions about girls’ minds.”

--The Cleveland Press

“An exuberant and readable book. Miss Jaffe is an artful and persuasive storyteller. It almost will certainly ruffle many a male ego.”

--The Spokane Chronicle

“Such is the author’s skill that this story of five girls is unmistakably the story of someone you know.”

--The Boston Globe

“Any employer reading these pages will make a mental note to check up on what the girls in his office do after lunch, and with whom.”

--The New York Post