Synopses & Reviews
In 1961, after gathering praise from European critics, this decidedly American novel by upstart Robert Gover dared to rudely jerk the udders of a few of our sacred cows, while tickling ribcages of the more open-minded. Irreverent as all works of satire are duty-bound to be, One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding returns for new readers to savor and enjoy.
College sophomore J.C. Holland, fortified by his father's simplistic traditionalism, enters a "Negro house of ill-repute" to meet Kitty, a 14-year-old prostitute. Sort of ashamed to be there, but feeling the need for the kind of educational complement such a place can provide, young J.C. flashes a gift from his aunt, a hundred dollar bill, to Kitty, who's just sure that's only the first dividend of her "invessment". Misunderstanding from them both abounds, along with a funny and insightful tour of the hypocracy underpinning modern morality.