Normand, Suzanne (translated from the French by G.S. Taylor) Five Women on a Galley
New York The Vanguard Press 1929 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Politzer
[nice clean copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket edgeworn along front hinge, chipping at top of spine (unfortunately taking some of the title with it), one-inch split at bottom front fold, one additional tiny chip at top of rear panel]. Novel that was supposedly "a sensation in Paris," about five women in their mid-to-late-20s "who resolve that independence is worth any sacrifice." The first-person-plural narrator (the voice is "we," although each of the women is spoken of individually by name, in the third person) describes the group as "believing with our whole souls in the possibility of woman's independence, and refusing the alternative of marriage with all the pride of young women who would not at any price be thought husband-hunters." The result is a "remorseless exposure of 'free love' as it works out, not in theory, but in practice." Set largely in the Latin Quarter.