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A lovely yet dark testament to the Borscht Belt days. For those of us lucky to take a dip in its pool before it died, the taste of prune juice and the grins of vaudevillian-type comics are revived with this unique first novel. Mr. Jefferson is one of my all-time favorite characters. For those who love her writing but need a bit more of a manageable plot, you may enjoy The Professor of Immortality.
Set in the Catskills in the 1970s,reflecting the setting the author grew up in, the novel spins a good story with interesting characters, although a few are too stereotyped. The grandmother was way overboard.
Eileen Pollack is a talented writer, but I didn't like this book very much. The premise is interesting, but I didn't find the plot very engaging, and the relationship between Lucy and Mr. Jefferson made me cringe.