First published in 1979, and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the "New York Times", this "moving story of first love is everything a novel should be" ("Chicago Tribune").First published in 1979, and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the "New York Times", this "moving story of first love is everything a novel should be" ("Chicago Tribune").Read Less
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The writing is well above any romance novel you'll find at the grocery store or Wal-Mart, and the sex scenes are graphic. A classic of the 1970s that still holds up well.
May 25, 2012
Tried valiantly and just couldn't get through it. These characters are definitely inhabiting a universe I have not encountered and speak in ways that bear a limited relation to the world I know. The prose style does have a certain focused intensity, but often could be described as turgid and occassionally ridiculous
Apr 22, 2008
Not for the faint-hearted
An intense and intensely well-written love story. Sometimes the story veers a bit off kilter and some of the explicit details are a little hard to stomach even while lending to the book's impact. Still, Scott Spencer is certainly one of the best novelists of the late 20th century.
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