THE CENTER OF THE STAGE by Gerald Sykes

THE CENTER OF THE STAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There's a spurious sophistication to this story of a glamour bitch, Carlotta, and the lives she dominates during a weekend in Easthampton, Long Island, where she is in full session. Carlotta, a successful actress, strikes more than one cheesecake pose but exerts a certain fascination for Nancy Whitlock- a Lesbian- whose husband and daughter protect her inversion; for Greco, a director; for Gillham, a Wall Street angel; and for her husband, David Holderness, a distinguished scientist, who returns to her after almost five years. And David, austere and critical, tries to elicit a natural gesture of love from his wife before he undergoes a possibly fatal operation, while Carlotta resists the reciprocity of that emotion in the fear that it may undermine her personal power and career... Some thinning thought processes do not cover the bare anatomy or give this much more than a boudoir attraction.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 1952
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Young