Genres: fiction, classics, france, novels, travel, humor, american, literature
Places: Paris, Biarritz
Format: paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Characters: Sally Jay
About The Book
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
“A cheerfully uninhibited…variation on the theme of the Innocents Abroad…Miss Dundy comes up with fresh and spirited comedy….Her novel is enormous fun — sparklingly written, genuinely youthful in spirit.” —The Atlantic
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