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Martha SherrillFrank's portraits of Eastern European intellectuals who escape Hitler and Mussolini only to find themselves dining with dim-witted beachgoers in Malibu Colony are hilarious and unforgettable. She sends up bohemian snobbery, communist hypocrisy, East Coast pretension, and deftly zeros in on how transplants to Hollywood manage to feel superior to the other transplants. The Okies hate the Jews, and the Jews look down on Dinah as "an uneducated shiksa, a nobody from nowhere whose great legs were an enviable but nevertheless suspicious sign of her lumpen origins."
— The Washington Post