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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Dud Avocado

Sadie Detroit, January 15, 2012

The simple premise is that a young woman, "hell bent on living," has recently finished college and has been given two years of funded freedom by her rich uncle. She spends most of this time in Paris, in 1955, where she meets artists, actors, crooks, and lots of men.

I connected instantly with this book and its fantastic heroine, Sally Jay Gorce. I, too, spent a year in Paris when I was around 20 years old, and I, too, lived a series of wild and bizarre adventures. But what I love most about this book is the powerful and unapologetic female voice. I grew up reading mostly male authors, and their female characters are so often irrational, illogical, and basically incomprehensible to the narrator/author (I particularly have Hemingway's Lady Brett Ashley in mind here). Elaine Dundy writes Sally Jay Gorce in a perfectly honest and open way. Sometimes Gorce is indeed irrational, but she is always in charge of telling us the story and situating herself within it.

This is one of the best books I have read in ages. The writing is quick and funny, the characters are real and believable, and the drama unfolds in a manic rush of Paris scenery. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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