The Dud Avocado
Elaine Dundy, Rachel Cooke
‘One of the best novels about growing up fast’ GUARDIAN
‘One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence’ OBSERVER
‘Scandalous and entertaining . . . Both funny and true’ EVENING STANDARD
The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status on first publication and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living.
Sally Jay Gorce is a woman with a mission. It’s the 1950s, she’s young and she’s in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and vows to go native in a way not even the natives can manage. Embarking on an educational programme that includes an affair with a married man (which fizzles out when she realises he’s single and wants to marry her); nights in cabarets and jazz clubs in the company of assorted “citizens of the world”; an entanglement with a charming psychopath and a bit part in a film financed by a famous matador.
But an education like this doesn’t come cheap. Will our heroine be forced back to the States to fulfill her destiny as a librarian, or can she keep up her whirlwind Parisian existence?
** 'Scandalous and entertaining ... Both funny and true * EVENING STANDARD * ** 'As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read * SUNDAY TIMES * ** 'A carbonated first novel that will set male readers to thinking sheepishly of plain wrappers * TIME MAGAZINE * **'A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence * OBSERVER * 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 As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read * Sunday Times * A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence * Observer *
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