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April Book Club: “The Best of Everything”

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We’ve been reading mostly new releases so far, in a mix of memoirs, short stories, and novels, but we decided to take a different approach with April’s book-club select. Once spring finally decided to show her face, we were reminded that everything comes around again and decided to take a stab at reading a classic. Suggestions were culled from book-club members, and we voted on Rona Jaffe’s 1958 novel The Best of Everything.

From the publisher:

Almost sixty years later, The Best of Everything remains touchingly—and sometimes hilariously—true to the personal and professional struggles women face in the city. There’s Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office; naïve country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Jaffe follows their adventures with intelligence, sympathy, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

Don’t forget to let us know if you’re reading along! Check back in next week for updates as we read, and details on our next book-club giveaway!

Paulie Dibner is the assistant managing editor of Martha Stewart Living. She has perfected her oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie, but is on the hunt for a puff-pastry recipe to knock her socks off. Follow her on Instagram @matinauxsaules.

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