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    The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Elaine Dundy, Introduction by Terry Teachout

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    Description"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 Avocado" gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living. "I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed "The Dud Avocado." It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm)." -Groucho Marx "["The Dud Avocado"] is one of the best novels about growing up fast..." "-The Guardian"


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    Julia Bryan What's more fun than discovering a book that makes you laugh out loud in the middle of the night, while you're reading it by the light of your mobile phone so you can get just one more page in? How about a book that makes you laugh, set in Paris in the 50s, about a totally outrageous girl who would have shaken Holden Caulfield by the shoulders or swung him out on the dance floor to dance some of his jitters away.

    Sally Jay has a streak of Holden about her though too - this is a coming of age novel, and she has her moments of midnight blue gloom. But the dialogues that burst like bubbles around her while she's in that growing up process create hilarious, nail on the head character sketches. Sally Jay's waltz through Paris surprised me with her ability to make me see the city, experiencing it with her. (Most books set "away" just make me vaguely nostalgic, even if I've never been there before). And if you've ever wondered about the back story to all those 50s and early 60s Hollywood films making fun of the beats in their basement cafes, well then, the Avocado is the book for you.

    Highly recommended! by Julia Bryan

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