Woke up this morning to a NYRB message in my inbox alerting me to the release of The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy, author of the much-loved (at least by me) The Dud Avocado. Originally published in 1964, this novel has not been available in the US for thirty years. If you are not book lusting and going for the link already, it is 30% off right now at NYRB along with a slew of other books. As in, if you are my husband reading today, this would be an excellent surprise for your wife. From the publisher:
"In The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy revealed the life of the young expatriate in Paris in all its hilarious and heartbreaking drama. With The Old Man and Me, written when Dundy was living in England in the early 1960s, she tackles the American girl in London, a bit older but certainly no wiser.
Honey Flood (if that's her real name) arrives in London with only her quick wits and a scheme. To get what she wants, she'll have to seduce the city's brightest literary star, no matter how many would-be bohemians she has to charm, how many smoky jazz clubs she has to brave, or how many Lady Something-Somethings she has to humor. But with success within her reach, Honey finds that in making the Soho scene, she's made a big mistake."