THE CHERRY IN THE MARTINI by Rona Jaffe

THE CHERRY IN THE MARTINI

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although these short autobiographical pieces about her childhood and on are very exposed, you'll hardly recognize Miss Jaffe. They're as sticky as peanut butter clinging to other commonplaces besides braces. They deal with anything from the excitement of a first bra to the first loss, the death of a great aunt; her own fantasy world which served her for as long as she could afford to indulge it; her friend, The Goon, penalized for being different; a golden girl, Maria, with whom they all fell ""in love""; star worship for Adolf Green in the theatre; college (Radcliffe-Harvard) where she had her own ""militantly virginal program"" -- her shyness there and later, her work and writing (the nice title is from a story she wrote at thirteen), her first affair.... Regrettably a good deal of this has the tone of the sentimental confidence with a little deja-vu from the couch. And while it reads as fast as the eye can travel, it's not very much.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster