The Prickly Pear

By: Pine, Hester

Price: $50.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj

[nice clean copy with light wear at extremities; jacket has one short closed tear at top of front panel, minor wear at spine ends]. Who the hell was this Hester Pine, anyway? She published three novels in quick succession in 1939-1940 (this was the third), added one more (with the strangely apt title "The Waltz is Over") in 1943, then poof! The jacket blurb on her first book claimed that she'd already been a ballerina, an actress, a foreign correspondent, a doctor's receptionist, a Sunday School teacher, a photographer's model, and a choir singer, and that she was "still married to her original husband," but I've been unable to independently confirm any of that. In this book, at least, she seems to be trawling the same literary waters as the great Dawn Powell: it's about a high-powered but mismatched N.Y. couple (he, the editor of a highbrow literary magazine; she, a successful and hard-driving interior designer) who split up. Everything seems all amicable and oh-so-sophisticated, until hubby falls in love with a woman his wife doesn't approve of, whereupon she goes all psycho on him and refuses to give him a divorce. Were there ever any people like this, I mean really?

Title: The Prickly Pear

Author: Pine, Hester

Categories: Fiction: Vintage,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.: (c.1940)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj

Seller ID: 16597

Keywords: New York City Dust Jacket Art 1940s