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The Dud Avocado
The Dud Avocado
Author: Elaine Dundy
The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avoca...  more » gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.
ISBN-13: 9781590172322
ISBN-10: 1590172329
Publication Date: 6/5/2007
Pages: 272
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Publisher: NYRB Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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Sally Jay Gorce talks her uncle into sending her to Paris for two years, where she dyes her hair pink, takes a married lover, becomes an actress and muse, and finds herself in the middle of a bit of international intrigue. It's hard to believe that this book was written 50 years ago (1958)! Sally Jay seems so modern and fresh! She's a madcap cross between Holly Golightly and Holden Caulfield, a naif and a wild child - but wholly endearing. A fun read!