THE DEAR RUIN by Toni Howard


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Another (The Gypsy, The Witch, Pepe, Farinacci and Me, 1971) short spell on the Cote d'Azur, or an upside-down fairy tale in which Hebe (she was the goddess of youth), 50, and well-preserved what with her former husband's millions, marries the young man half her age, formerly attached to her friend, or does he marry her? At first he's only casually attentive but then as Hebe acquires from the local witchwoman a cure not only for her arthritis but also for those telltale signs of her years, he becomes amorous. To a point where he can no longer keep up with her as Hebe goes from extravagance to gross indulgence and is into everything, rock, organic foods, orgies and finally ? A cosmetic diversion pour madame, head over heels and heels over head.

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1972
Publisher: Gambit