THE YOUNG DIVORCEES by Lissa Charell

THE YOUNG DIVORCEES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Divorce American style- this is an expansive woman's novel with an overlay of sex and an undertow of suffering and, the title to the contrary, most of it centers Tiffany Bishop. She is a successful magazine writer, now thirty, heading down to uarez, Mexico to secure a divorce and cover a story at the same time. From childhood on Tiffany grows up with an impossible dream of a ""hero"" and her latent inclination to salvage ineffectual non-men. Thus, at 20, she marries (while still cutting herself through college) rich and social Lex Bishop whose accident, and loss of a finger, serves to camouflage his total emasculation. The marriage, in name only, ends before his suicide. Five years, and many 50 minute hours, later- there's ichard Criley, to whom she gives a professional boost; but his strutting, rutting rility is another kind of deception- he's immature and insecure. And in between-here are snatches of the stories of those with Tiffany on the way down- and on the way back- to At one point, as one of her readers says, ""It's like eating eanuts. You write very good bad articles"". Lissa Charell (The Happy Medium- 1960) rites very good bad novels, but they're easy to read and there should be an acessible audience- say Rona Jaffe's.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1963
Publisher: Macmillan