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Mary McCarthy's novel describes the lives of eight Vassar schoolmates up to ten years after graduation. Most of the "group" live in New York and Boston, while one tries her luck in Paris. The young women are members of America's elite who see themselves as agents of social change during the Great Depression. McCarthy candidly describes orgasm, loss of virginity, and obtaining birth control in 1930's America. Each chapter details the past and personal lives of each member of the "group."
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes GROUP of women story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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