The Sterile Cuckoo Author:John Nichols At the age of twenty-four, John Nichols showed the polish and sophistication of a seasoned novelist--his touch sure, his wit sharp, and Pookie Adams, his heroine, a pure original. — When she first stumbles on the hero, Jerry Payne, waiting at a cross-country bus stop, he sees only a skinny, scrubby-haired girl balancing a toothpick on her tongue... more ». Then she bursts into speech and Jerry--like the reader--remains bewitched until the last syllable. Her pursuit of Jerry is launched with the same determination that as a child won her twenty-seven cents for eating seven worms and a grub. When fate places the couple at neighboring Eastern colleges, Jerry succumbs to his first frantic affair.
"The author has written a dazzling first novel. It is a funny, imaginative and pathetic story of the beginning and end of a rapturous love affair between two crazy college kids..." Jessie Kitching, Publisher's Weekly« less