MADELEINE GROWN UP by Mrs. Robert Henrey
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MADELEINE GROWN UP

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Those who succumbed to the charm of The Little Madeleine will be delighted to follow her into her twenties and to the marriage which ends this book. It opens with her first day as manicurist at the Savoy in London, tells of her friendships with Scotty, Daisy, Alice and Dolly, of the customers who brought excitement and color into her life, of her meeting with Robert and the true romancing which almost filled her days. The American, Mr. Bourdon, gave her a chance in moving pictures, a Russian and an Austrian were kind to her, her mother was distrustful of Robert and the neighbors of Soho had a good gossip over her clothes. A pain was diagnosed as dry pleurisy (Soho said consumption) but Madeleine didn't improve until Robert made her follow doctor's orders -- south to France and rest. At Pau she met the young and the old whose lungs were failing, and with the help of a strict doctor and a summer in the mountains was able to return to Robert and her wedding, which, with family dissension and ill-feeling did not make her a happy bride. A twenty one year old's high moments and low spirits, the sights and smells and sounds of her surroundings, the avid, unquenchable thirst for life which was crowded with all sorts and kinds of people -- this is uninhibited autobiography in which innocence and knowledge are constant companions. For the market as before.

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1953
Publisher: Dutton