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Marjorie Morningstar

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In 1930 sixteen-year-old Marjorie Morgenstern lives with her family on the edge of Central Park. She has just come out into New York society. Her ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
Corgi

One to re-read

by Corgi on Mar 11, 2009

I was younger than Marjorie when I first read it, but my enjoyment more than survived adolescence and young adulthood. And it's funny that one of the all-time great ingenue books was written by a man. It's also very much set in its time, in the 30s with the Holocaust on the horizon (and though there are rumblings of distant thunder, it's not a major theme). Experiencing the era's Jewish middle-class Manhattan culture is a bonus. But I think the primary attraction, besides the flawless, captivating language, was the iconic characters of Marjorie and her long-time love, songwriter Noel Airman (from Ehrmann, if I recall). If you don't know them, you should. Lastly, it provided me with a frame of reference - a bittersweet one - for the resolution of great promise.

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