Come and Join the Dance
Joyce Johnson
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Come and Join the Dance

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Joyce Johnson's first novel (published under her maiden name, of course). A novel from the Beat generation.
Published 1962 by Atheneum (first published 1961)
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I love Joyce Johnson. Her portrait of Elise Cowen is so spot-on, or so I imagine, that I fell insanely in love with the thick glassed uneven and misshaped girl of these my daydreams. You have to love this lumpy girl with crappy clothes and breasts too big, gigantic useless heart, We have to understand female risk taking to get A #1 Elise, to pick her out from a crowd of others, to sample her dusty tongue and teeth. George Palimpsest, Bill Palindrome, and Even Symour Krim barely got her on their...more
Very interesting piece of autobiographical fiction from the Beat literary movement. I think the protagonist's voice was a little too shy and timid - I had hoped for a more outspoken piece of writing. But then again that might just be what Johnson's writing is about. Very much enjoyed the chapters about the graduation ceremony and the awkward dinner that followed - so characteristic of the 50s!
This is a quiet novel and an easy read. The narration is almost too subtle, but the story, on the surface only about sex, delves into a woman coming into her own.
Rachael Elliott
Favorite book of all time. Need an original version.
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Born Joyce Glassman to a Jewish family in Queens, New York, Joyce was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, just around the corner from the apartment of William S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer Burroughs. Allen Ginsberg and Kerouac were frequent visitors to Burroughs' apartment.
At the age of 13, Joyce rebelled against her controlling parents and began hanging out in Washington Square. She matri...more
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