The Dud Avocado

The Dud Avocado

Elaine Dundy

The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.

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The Dud Avocado - In the press

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The Dud Avocado - Reviews

“The Dud Avocado follows a charming, if blundering, 21-year-old Missouri native, Sally Jay Gorce, who spends two postcollege years sipping Pernod on “la plus belle avenue du monde,̶...

The New York Sun

“Before Bridget Jones, deeply sweet and recklessly intimate Sally Jay Gorce trolled for love (Parisian style) in novelist (and sometime wife of theater critic Kenneth Tynan) Elaine Dundy̵...

O Magazine

“”Already singled out in O the Oprah Magazine and named an ‘mover and shaker,’ this edition will…introduce a new readership to the unforgettable Sally Jay G...

Los Angeles Times

“Basically, if you were to set Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady near the Sorbonne, untangle the sentences and add more slapstick, sex and champagne cocktails, you’re getting close.”

Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR

“The Dud Avocado is one of the best novels about growing up fast…”

The Guardian

“The Dud Avocado is a captivating and funny novel about a young American woman in Paris during the 50’s… The heroine is enchanting – ambitious, brilliant and adventureous &#...

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