30 July 2019

Book Beginning: The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms by JP Donleavy

I'm either a few days late or a few days early, but here goes. Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

With everyone reacting to and following trends and fashions you never know what's going to happen next in around New York and especially in suburban climes like Scarsdale. But what worried her more than anything was that she might sink down so deep into the doldrums that back up out of them she might never again get.

This is a funny but rather strange little novella. It reads like your best friend is telling you her recent life story, breathlessly pouring it all out. There are no chapters, although it does have paragraphs and normal punctuation. The Washington Times called it a "marvelously sophisticated, scatological, acerbic, and entertaining novella."

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