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Series: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9781590173176
Pages: 248
Publication Date: June 16, 2009

The Old Man and Me

by Elaine Dundy

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In The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy revealed the life of the young expatriate in Paris in all its hilarious and heartbreaking drama. With The Old Man and Me, written when Dundy was living in England in the early 1960s, she tackles the American girl in London, a bit older but certainly no wiser.

Honey Flood (if that’s her real name) arrives in London with only her quick wits and a scheme. To get what she wants, she’ll have to seduce the city’s brightest literary star, no matter how many would-be bohemians she has to charm, how many smoky jazz clubs she has to brave, or how many Lady Something-Somethings she has to humor. But with success within her reach, Honey finds that in making the Soho scene, she’s made a big mistake.

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As full of wry charm as The Dud Avocado.
— Doris Lessing

It's a terrific job—fierce, gamey, vixenish .... as if it was bled not written.... definitely demonic, exquisitely carved, deadly murderous comedy.
—Dawn Powell, The Washington Post

Through it all, Miss Dundy's prose glitters like confetti against the gray English sky.