Marjorie leaves her family and fianc for a season of summer stock at an east coast resort, where she meets and falls in love with a handsome producer. He sweeps her off her feet and into a once-in-a-lifetime love affair and teaches Marjorie her first lessons about the theater and life.
Perhaps if I'd read it first, it would have created a more favorable impression. As it was, I thought if I read the expletive "Gad" one more time, I'd vomit.
In a nutshell, the novel follows the adolecent and early adult years of a Jewish American princess in 1930s New York City. Mildly entertaining at first, for me the book dragged and fell into a vicious cycle of relationship and career events that became repetitive at best. I've read most of Wouk's work and for me, this was the weakest.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library.
changed, but the feelings I felt at 17 were pretty much the same as Marjorie's.
I enjoyed watching Marjorie as she "grew up" and while I agreed with her assessment of her life there in the end, it was interesting to read the last chapter and find that she really hadn't grown up all that much after all. She still believed that she and only she knew all the answers and how dare you insinuate that she did not.
A little editing would have made this book brilliant.