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Rich friends: A novel (Van Vliet #1)

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New York Times –bestselling author Jacqueline Briskin’s steamy romantic saga about two generations of a privileged California family that chases the American dream, from the post–World War II boom years to the turbulent, psychedelic 1960s

The year 1946 in America is a time for seizing opportunities—and the best way for a woman to get ahead is to marry well. Descended from
Hardcover, 461 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Delacorte Press
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Gary Branson
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have liked Briskin since the 80s and decided to go back and read one of her earlier novels. Very happy to sink into her world again. Been 20 years since anything new, happy I have a couple more to read! This book is for all the fans of big 70s and 80s family sagas, at one time my favorite genre.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the newly re-released 1976 novel Rich Friends by Jacqueline Briskin. The first third of the novel tells the story of Em, Beverly, and Caroline (it is very important to note that Caroline and Em are sisters). It starts in 1946 (just after World War II) with the marriage of Em and Sheridan. Sheridan is going to college on the GI Bill to become a pharmacist. Em becomes pregnant on their honeymoon and gives birth to twin boys, Vlief (short for Van Vlief) and Roger. Beverly Linde come ...more
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Jo Dervan
In this reprint of a 1976 title, the story begins after WWII in the suburb of Glendale, CA. Two sisters, Caroline and Em, and their Jewish friend, Beverly, begin to date and eventually marry the returning GIs. Caroline and Em are spheirs to the Van Vliet supermarket fortune. Beverly's family are assimilated Jews and do not celebrate Jewish holidays. So it is no surprise that her parents, the Lindes, held an annual Open House for Christmas and had many of the same holiday symbols as their Christi ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is a rich one. The goal of girls is to marry well and woe betide you if you were from one of the richer, more elite families and you decided to marry down. There were no careers as such, or advancement for women in the professional field. In this setting we have the families of Van Vliet (the supermarket giants), the Linde's amongst others. Three girls Em, Caroline and Beverley's lives will be linked permanently by children and events which will leave them scarred like never before.

Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

This ebook, a relaunch from Open Road Media, started out bitter and got worse, droning on and on about the 50s and the 60
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporaneo
Un romanzo a tratti coinvolgente, ma che non decolla mai a causa di uno svolgimento spesso confuso e poco lineare.

Nella prima parte, soprattutto, alcuni passaggi emotivi e di trama sono poco approfonditi e superficiali, mentre la seconda parte è senza dubbio più emozionante e completa, ma ho avuto la sensazione che l'autrice volesse inserire troppi temi e troppe storie (è pur sempre una saga familiare), concentrandole però in neanche 400 pagine, rendendo di conseguenza alcune parti più contorte
I am apparently in the mood to read sweeping generational sagas this summer--Open Road has put a TON of them by various authors (this one, Rona Jaffe, Howard Fast, etc.) on Scribd, and I've been adding them to my library like crazy. I started out with this one, and, well... it's okay for a summer read, but I will admit to skimming vast swaths of characters' thoughts and feelings, as told by a third-person omniscient narrator in true 1970s novel style. If you find it on the shelf at your lakeside ...more
Nov 14, 2011 marked it as abandoned
Just too busy character wise for interest me at this time and with no real reviews and/or blurbs to tell me where it's going I don't want to invest a lot of time in it.
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Jacqueline Briskin (1927-2014) was the New York Times-bestselling author of fourteen historical novels that reflect the tumultuous changes in American society that she witnessed over her lifetime. Complete with dynamic storylines, vibrant characters, and passionate romantic relationships, her novels have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-six langua ...more
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