Dud Avocado

Dud Avocado

by Elaine Dundy
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Overview

Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844087600
Publisher: Virago Press (UK)
Publication date: 08/28/2011

About the Author

Elaine Dundy (1921—2008) was born in New York City, and lived in Paris and London. She was married for a time to theater critic Kenneth Tynan. She wrote plays, novels, and biographies, including Elvis and Gladys and Life Itself! Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Vogue among other publications. Her novel, The Dud Avocado, was re-published by NYRB Classics in 2007.

Terry Teachout is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary.  He has written biographies of Louis Armstrong, George Balanchine, Duke Ellington, and H.L. Mencken, the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec, and a play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, that has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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Dud Avocado 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the eBook version of this novel could use some work (errant punctuation, M transposed to read Ai..), the story contained within is a delight. I frequently found myself laughing at the mishaps of Sally Jay and her crew. Amidst this, I also became truly concerned about what would happen next, which kept me reading chapter after chapter. Overall, an extremely enjoyable book that I would highly recommend to anyone!
SamanthaCopping More than 1 year ago
A gem! I stumbled across this book on a Saturday morning with nothing to do, and found myself thoroughly amused all day. I adored the way in which this book was light and frothy enough for a day at the beach or a girl's night in, but had enough substance and depth to make it worthwhile. It's "chick-lit" with a sophisticated vocabulary and genuine sense of wit. One of the best books I've read in a long time.
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Hotdog clan. Catfish clan. dog clan. Cat clan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear today I heard a radio interview on this book on 90.9fm! Must be good, it's worth a shot! ;)