COME AND JOIN THE DANCE by Joyce Glassman

COME AND JOIN THE DANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel has a definite first person imprint and spends a short time, a few days, with Susan Levitt, whose last class at a New York City college (recognizably Barnard) is over. About to ""join the dance"" of life, Susan seems very ill prepared and indecisive. There are indications she has almost reached a point of immobilization. (She has not picked up her mail for two weeks-and there is the letter that she will not graduate- due to lack of attendance in Physical Ed.). Now, she spends the time with Peter, Kay- her closest friend, and Anthony- all ""outlaws"" or at any rate outsiders in the undergraduate ""underground"". An overserious girl, almost prim, she permits Anthony to seduce her, and this first experience is unsatisfactory. She goes home to her parents for an evening- distressed at her failure to graduate. She goes back, this time to Peter (who has been Kay's lover), and spends a night with him which has a certain ""rightness"" about it and leaves her ready to go on, without regrets.... An audit of youthful experience which has some sensitive touches but which-like its heroine- is still inchoate.

Pub Date: Jan. 17th, 1961
Publisher: Atheneum