Touted as a very grown up novel by 18 year old American writer, Pamela Moore, and published during the repressive post war era, Courtney - the protagonist of the novel - exists in a world of shallow euphoria. Yet by the end of the book, you hope that the character (by now firmly imprinted on your psyche) grows up and figures out how to break through the cycle of alcohol addiction and bad company. The writer, Moore, produced a remarkably astute novel with suspiciously mature observations, and it's easy to imagine that her mother, the writer Isabel Moore (or another interested adult) may have had a hand in constructing some of the more corruscating passages about coastal American society.
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