Synopses & Reviews
A starry-eyed young beauty, Marjorie Morgenstern is nineteen years old when she is offered the job of her dreams working in a summer stock company for Noel Airman, its talented and intensely charismatic director. Released from the social constraints of her old-fashioned New York Jewish family, and thrown into the glorious, colorful world of theatrical invention, Marjorie finds herself entangled in a powerful affair with the man destined to become the greatest and the most destructive love of her life.
Rich with humor and poignancy, Marjorie Morningstar is a classic love story, one that spans two continents and two decades in the life of its heroine. An unforgettable tale, this paean to youthful love and the bittersweet sorrow of a first heartbreak endures as one of Herman Wouk's most beloved creations.
"Definitely in the tradition of the great novel spacious, abundantly peopled, shrewd, observant, humane." New York Herald Tribune
"Herman Wouk's most solid achievement...a major novel." Saturday Review
"Its locale is Central Park West, Hunter College, and West End Avenue; its characters almost all Jewish; its appeal universal." Sidney Field, Sunday Mirror
"Very good reading indeed." Maxwell Geismar, The New York Times
Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty seventeen-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer. In this memorable novel, Herman Wouk, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has created a story as universal, as sensitive, and as unmistakably authentic as any ever told.
About the Author
Herman Wouk's acclaimed novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Caine Mutiny; Don't Stop the Carnival; Youngblood Hawke; The Winds of War; War and Remembrance; Inside, Outside; The Hope; and The Glory.