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Center Door Fancy

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Center Door Fancy is the story of Nora Marten, a young girl from a vaudevillian family. Her father Johnny is the hero of the group; he is willing to sacrifice anything for his family's benefit. Her mother Cecilia might not be entirely faithful to her husband, but she never lets her personal interests get in the way of her children's happiness. Nora is optimistic but yearns ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 1972 by Delacorte Press
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Samantha Glasser
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Center Door Fancy is the story of Nora Marten, a young girl from a vaudevillian family. Her father Johnny is the hero of the group; he is willing to sacrifice anything for his family's benefit. Her mother Cecilia might not be entirely faithful to her husband, but she never lets her personal interests get in the way of her children's happiness. Nora is optimistic but yearns for the stability that she believes is normal. This is her story, from early childhood through adulthood and three marriages ...more
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Narrative pacing is off, the book is a bit lopsided -- lots of time spent on childhood and starting a career, then it sort of tapers off and we get two marriages in the space of four pages!

I am dying to know who "May Gould" is -- she's the Dick Powell's character's girlfriend, before he gets serious about Joan. She's described as having "too-white, capped teeth" and clipping coupons for hours to save a dime, keeping cellophane on her lamp shades at her house despite living their more than 10 ye
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There's something chilling about reading Joan Blondell's thoughts. Something chilling and rather lovely, too.
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