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Author Name:    WELDON, Fay

Title:   ... and the wife ran away First American Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1968, 

Seller ID:   3973

WELDON, Fay. ... and the wife ran away. New York : David McKay Company, Inc., (1968). First American Edition. Pp (5),1-182,(4). 8vo, black cloth, silver lettering to spine. Fay Weldon (b. September 22, 1931, Birmingham, England). The author's first book, published the previous year in the U.K. as The Fat Woman's Joke. "Her husband is furious, her son is appalled, her best friend is curious. Her husband's young mistress blandly takes all the credit. Esther Wells has run away from home. She has holed up in an ugly basement apartment, and she has revolted against life, men, marriage, and herself.What will she do with her life'. First she will go off her diet, then emba rk on an orgy of sell-indulgence. Meanwnne, outside her hideaway, husbands rampage (sexually and semantically), wives are unfaithful, secretaries takelovers, sons console their fathers' mistresses. . . . But Esther won't bud ge. She is in matonless revolt. Anvwav. no one wants to believe she's serious. Not her husband. (He's embarrassed.) Not her son. (If he takes her seriously he might cry. He is too old to cry. He is old enough to sleep with girls.) Not her best friend. (But, just in case, she hurries to comfort Esther's husband. This is a novel—sexy, wise, and wicked—that really opens the box and lets the secrets out. It names the things that people do to. for, and abouteach otherb in love and marriage, which are so seldom called by their true names. How Esther's revolt ends will come as more of a surprise to the reader than it did to those about her. No other novel about love and marriao-oh, wives! oh, mothers! oh, mistressez1—has been this open and this sardonically funny in a long, long time." (from the dj). Four tape marks to feps, else very good in unclipped dustjacket (short tear to front corner, light wear to spine ends). 45.00


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