The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
Initially published in 1958 and re-published by the New York Review of Books in 2007, Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado remains as relevant and engaging as ever. The novel follows the missteps of a twenty-something year old quick-witted American woman named Sally Jay Gorce who moves to Paris with the financial aid of her uncle and a desperation for life itself. Sally Jay’s first-person narration is often hilarious, occasionally poignant, and consistently entertaining to read. For anyone looking for an adventurous and funny read which doesn’t sacrifice its intellect, The Dud Avocado is an excellent choice.