Ann Birstein

Vanity Fare

It's the mid-1970's, a time of political and social turmoil. Watergate is on everybody's mind, and the women's movement is the subject of much contention.

Lish Lasker, a young novelist, unexpectedly meets her heroine, Charlotte Burns, an older writer and the author of the groundbreaking feminist work Vanity Fare, at a New York cocktail party. Lish is married to a Barnard College professor and feels stuck in her lowly and unsung roles of faculty wife nd housewife on Manhattan's upper west side. To her surprise, immediately after their meeting, glamorous Charlotte befriends her. Lish is fascinated by Charlotte's luxurious existence in the Hamptons and Park Avenue and her connections with her literary high life. But then a series of dramatic revelations upset their lives.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
Fiction
It's the mid-1970's, a time of political and social turmoil. Watergate is on everybody's mind, and the women's movement is the subject of much contention.
"Ann Birstein writes with such fluidity that her novel seems to end only moments after it has begun." --New York Times
Autobiography
"A delicious, readable memoir about the fortunes of a beautiful, intelligent woman in an era when beautiful, intelligent women had no rights." --Erica Jong
Biography
"A delightful biography of the author's father." --The New Yorker