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Carolyn SeeAndrew Wilson has written perhaps a better biography of Robbins than Robbins deserved. It's so dense and fact-filled that it takes a while to realize that Wilson did it without the cooperation of Lillian (in a better world now); or Grace, Robbins's second wife and companion in so many extravaganzas and orgies; or his daughter Adriana, who politely declined; or Caryn, his first child, who has disappeared from society, bundling her kids into the car one day and simply driving away from what had to be a very problematic past. But Wilson has pieced together a fascinating narrative with the cooperation of dozens of the novelist's colleagues and friends, particularly the actress Carroll Baker, who cherished a fondness for Robbins and extended him the courtesy of accepting him for who he was. What's the theme exactly? An American one: Be careful what you wish for, because in this country you'll probably get it.
—The Washington Post