THE JOYOUS SEASON by Patrick Dennis


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The people from the Auntie Name strata are back under the snickersee of Patrick Dennis. The narrator is 10-year-old Kerrington, scion of a bloodline so inside Society that he yawns at the mere thought. After Daddy's monumental Christmas hangover, Kerry and his 6-year-old sister, Missy, are slated to become children of Divorce. Kerry's prose style would make event as Holden Caulfield blanch, but his reportage is as complete. It seems Mommy and Daddy are going to do the Terribly Civilized bit. The demoniacally wholesome children are taken in on the divorce plans and exposed to the new interests of their wayward parents. Daddy falls victim to a voracious career woman (whose job allows P.D. to vivisect the fashion magazine sub-culture) and Mommy gets stuck with a stuffed shirt (who polarizes the P.D. thunderbolts directed at the nouveau riche). No tribal rite of the East Coast uppercrust, no Southern smarm and no mid-Western gaucherie is sacred. before Mommy and Daddy get back together, P.D. has picked their milieu to tatters. His full cast of credible caricatures are given dazzlingly funny dialogue. It's a fair guess that this could easily go the Auntie Mame route -- book to play to movie.

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1965
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World