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Bennington Girls Are Easy

Charlotte Silver


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When Sylvie Furst and Cassandra Puffin meet at Bennington College, that Vermont haven for well-to-do young eccentrics and liberal-arts students, they firmly believe theirs will be a friendship for the ages. From the heyday of college through those first delirious post-college years, the two girls have nothing but each other and their charmingly-decorated apartments to keep them afloat.
Propelled by Charlotte Silver’s sharp wit and gimlet eye for the foibles of 21st-century New York City, you’ll laugh (and occasionally cringe) at the misadventures of these two Bennington girls as they careen through the ups and downs of twentysomething friendship.

Chosen as one of "Summer's Best Books" by People magazine

One of the "Season's Best"--O, The Oprah Magazine

A Cosmopolitan "July Reads" Pick 

Praise For Bennington Girls Are Easy

“Charlotte Silver wields stiletto wit. . . . [A] delightfully wicked social comedy."
     --Daily News

“Clever and ultimately wise. . . There’s nothing easy about these encounters—there’s a lot of analyzing and dissecting and misery and joy. . . . a bittersweet ode not to New York City per se but to the long, grueling journey from hopeful transplant to seasoned, hardened New Yorker—[Joan] Didion’s ‘Goodbye to All That’ (which these girls have surely read) for the ones who stay.”

“An archly mannered coming-of-age novel.” 
     —Entertainment Weekly

“[Silver] introduces us to an endless parade of similar characters, amusing and infuriating in equal measure, as Cassandra and Sylvie take Manhattan…[and] spins off some terrific turns of phrase.”
     —The Boston Globe

“Both devastating and delightful…What John Updike did for the minutiae of men's lives--brand names, domesticity and office trivia--Silver does for the Bennington graduates she follows.”
     —Shelf Awareness

“[This book] will make you think about how friendship can sometimes feel a lot like romantic love . . . It will also make you laugh, cringe and possibly cry as you remember the sins and redemptions of your own misspent youth.”
     —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“This is such a delightful, affectionate satire of a best friendship gone awry. Charlotte Silver has a sharp eye for the deeply goofy consumption patterns of the young bourgeois bohemian (yes to artisanal lemonade; no to Trader Joe's frozen hors d’oeuvres), and for the ill-advised love affairs they pursue. This book is honest, caustic and a lot of fun.”
    —Jessica Grose, author of Sad Desk Salad 

“Charlotte Silver frames the plight of 20-somethings trying to survive in New York with such a witty, poetic eye, petty arguments frequently take a surprisingly profound turn in this juicy novel.”
     —Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist

“In this wickedly comic, deliciously mischievous and purely pleasurable novel, Charlotte Silver has found the perfect distance and tone, enabling her to mock youth's presumptions, vanities and self-delusions while maintaining overall fondness for her characters.  The contemporaneous details are spot-on, the aphoristic wit shrewd and universal.  These Bennington girls’ follies are recognizably our own.”
     —Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait Inside My Head and Getting Personal

“Devastatingly witty. . . . Charlotte Silver gets the secret language of female friendship just right, and the heartbreak of broken engagements and love gone bad, while she skewers so many cultural shrines: the  farmer's markets of artisanal Brooklyn, dates at the Harvard Club, older men and the young women who sleep with them. I kept thinking that Muriel Spark would love this book, and Dorothy Parker, too.”
     —Elizabeth Benedict, editor of What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most

“Caustically witty.”
     —Kirkus Reviews

“Silver excels at characterization and deftly blends tragedy and comedy.”
     —Publishers Weekly

Anchor, 9780804171311, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

About the Author

A graduate of Bennington College, Charlotte Silver is the author of Charlotte au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood, and the young adult novel, The Summer Invitation. She lives in New York City.