In A Class By Herself Author:Linda Crawford This first novel is almost as self-destructive as its heroine, Evelyn Girard, a 27-year-old newspaper writer whose failures, hostilities, and excesses are heading her toward the nearest exit. She drinks steadily in between the pills she pops, vomits, blanks out; and in the absences of Regina, the only one in the world she loves, she has careless... more »ly abusive experiences with a salesman here, a cabbie there.
Regina, who's in the theatre, seems infinitely more exciting to her as she appears in stark black or just starkers; she's also just as sodden. Regina takes her to California where she has work; Evelyn, with nothing to do except drink, joins AA and another woman attempts to salvage her. You almost hope she makes it--something which surprises you since you thought that distaste had far bypassed any latent sympathy. But then you know this world does exist (you have only to remember the more elegant excesses of Radelyffe Hall and her coterie) and Linda Crawford corroborates it with acuity and bile-bitter authenticity.« less