Friday, August 31, 2012

Rona Jaffe - An American Love Story

73. An American Love Story by Rona Jaffe (1990)
Length: 423 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 28 August 2012
Finished: 31 August 2012
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 April 2009
Why do I have it? I had read and enjoyed Mazes and Monsters several years ago by the same author.

Clay Bowen is a successful Hollywood television producer with several cleverly disguised rehashes of established hits to his credit. He is also a self-centered, womanizing schemer who has been married to former prima ballerina, Laura Hays, for almost twenty years - although they have been separated for most of that time. Laura had retired from the dance world to have her daughter - the elusive and secretive Nina - then turned to drugs and developed an eating disorder. Clay, having been totally alienated by his wife's clinginess and drug addiction, begins a relationship with best-selling author, Susan Josephs, writer of a book on spousal abuse.

Throughout their 17 years together, Clay constantly demeans Susan - stealing the rights to her New York magazine cover stories, and eventually ousting her from his Beverly Hills bungalow in favor of Bambi Green, a young, hopeful television ingenue searching for her big break.

This book is the story of how the lives of these four women - Laura, Nina, Susan and Bambi - with all their dreams of love and success, are totally intertwined with a charismatic womanizer whom they all mistakenly believe they need in their lives. I really loved this book because it showed just how Clay's separate relationships with all his women worked, or were dysfunctional to them all. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading another book by Rona Jaffe very soon.

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight


  1. Hi there, the September edition of Books You Loved has now posted. Here is the link Books You Loved September Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers
    Ps I am now following your nice blog. If you like Carole's Chatter I would appreciate you following me back.

  2. Hello Carole,
    Thank you for following me and I am following you as well. You will probably not believe this but An American Love Story by Rona Jaffe is my favorite book of August! :)

  3. Thanks for linking this in to Books You Loved. And a big thank you for following Carole's Chatter. Do pop back in a few days and check out the links. Cheers


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