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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.
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.
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.