Margaret has given up her day job as a teacher in a private school with the intention of writing the all-American great novel, but is failing dismally -- at least until she notices that her best friend, Letty, is living it. In earnest letters to her best friend, Letty depicts her fears of inadequacy and inferiority, and the frustration of having to “make do” while other seemingly “have it all”. In an desperate attempt to earn recognition, Margaret abandons her own,
earlier, dullard idea for a novel and instead documents the downhill slide that becomes Letty's life as she encourages voyeuristically her to strive for social acceptability and the illusion of affluence by living beyond her means. As the story unfolds, ALL IS VANITY is a powerful and compelling story of friendship and betrayal which captures the vulnerability of human experience, particularly our needs for acceptance and approval.
This report prepared by Alison