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An Accident of Love by Mary Ellin Barrett
Publisher E. P. Dutton 1973 First Edition Book Club Edition
Hardcover Book Dust Jacket 215 pages

Weighs 12 ounces Measures 9x6 inches

Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket is rich colorful and will display beautifully. Has minor expected wear at edges. DJ has a small closed tear at spine top and a small closed tear at back bottom.
Red boards with black text are solid rich and tight.
Pages are white, clean. Text is crisp.

They started across Ninetieth Street and
down Park, part of a laughing, reeling
group. Nobody quite knew what to do at
that indeterminate hour, four thirty of a
Saturday afternoon. It was too late to
shop or go to the movies, too early for
cocktails, too much wedding booze for a
squash game. "Tea," Mimi Bryan sug­gested,
"it's tea timer
"Tea?" Willis Metcalf said. "What's
One by one they moved off till just
Mike and Susan were walking down Park,
not knowing at all where they were go­ing,
but glad to be rid of the others.
It is an accident that Susan Rose, the
ambitious and beautiful young writer, is
invited to the society wedding of the
year; an accident that she meets Mike
Browne, war hero and heir to an eastern
fortune. It doesn't take them long to real­-
-ize that they are unique—vital, flippant,
and passionate. The year is 1946. By 1956,
half a dozen of the fourteen people in the
wedding party are dead, fatalities of post­
war luxury and high living.
After a dashing courtship, Susan, the
wrong girl, and Mike, the right boy,
marry, despite family objections and to
the surprise of his friends. Soon the Bar-­
-nard scholarship girl from the Upper
West Side emerges as Susannah Browne,
the most original hostess of the new smart
set. She and Mike settle down to a life of
elegance and glamour. But under the sur­-
-face, life is not so sweet. There are other
women, rights, reconciliations, and a son
born during a near divorce. Finally an ac-­
-cident—of love? of hatred? of jealousy?—
opens Susannah's entire life to question
and brings this compelling chronicle of
cafe society's darker side to its conclu-­
Mary Ellin Barrett has captured the ro-­
-mance, snobbery, and scandal of the life
of the rich and powerful in the 1950's.
Nostalgic, biting and intelligent, and per­-
-fect in its details, An Accident of Love
pulls the reader into the exciting, magical
world of the international set, a modern
equivalent of Tender Is the Night.
Mary Ellin Barrett is the author of the
much praised Castle Ugly. The daughter
of Irving Berlin, she is a book reviewer for
Cosmopolitan magazine. Mrs. Barrett lives
in New York with her husband and family.
Jacket design by One Plus One Studio

An Accident of Love by Mary Ellin Barrett E. P. Dutton 1973 First Edition Hardcover Book Dust Jacket Romance Scandal 1950's Fiction BCE


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