The Old Man and Me

By Elaine Dundy
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590173176, 231pp.)

Publication Date: June 16, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2009 Indie Notables
“American antihero Honey Flood (hint, not her real name) is on a quest for money, love and revenge in '60s London. A witty romp that explores the British/American cultural divide and the human passions that bridge national boundaries.”
-- Ilene Traiger, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT

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.

About the Author
Elaine Dundy was born in New York City and attended Sweet Briar College. At the end of World War II, she traveled to Europe, living in Paris before settling in London. In 1951, Dundy married the theater critic Kenneth Tynan. A novelist and writer for the BBC's satirical "That Was the Week That Was," she also composed plays and wrote biographies, including "Finch, Bloody Finch: A Biography of Peter Finch "and "Elvis and Gladys," A resident of Los Angeles, her most recent book is her autobiography, "Life Itself!"

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