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By Elaine Dundy, Terry Teachout (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590172322
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: New York Review of Books - June 5th, 2007

I can't really say anything more convincing than what's on the back of this book. I mean, a blurb from Groucho Marx... it doesn't get much better. But if you need my two cents, here they are: Sally Jay Gorce is one of my new favorite characters. An American, not-quite expat, bright and zealous Sally Jay is set to take Paris by storm. Sort of. Her madcap adventures and the outrageous people she meets will have you in stitches long into the night. Brief moments of sincerity temper the absurdity, and Sally Jay's often unlikeable ways keep this novel grounded. With sparkling wit, Dundy brings 1950s bohemian Paris to life. I've never really wanted to go to Paris, this book changed my mind... if I can only find a time machine.