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To live in India you must have an enormous heart, a heart of boundless dimensions. Or no heart at all. It's the in-betweens who have the tough time--such as Pamela Mardellis, a sensitive and pretty woman who had never learned her limitations. She had come to India when her husband, Richard, had taken a job with UNESCO in Delhi. Soon after they arrived, the Mardellises set...more
Hardcover, First U.S. Edition, 209 pages
Published 1967 by Harper & Row
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Say, isn’t that Anthony Bourdain on the cover? Why yes, yes it is. Okay, no it really isn’t, but it does look remarkably like him, especially after watching 30 or 40 episodes of No Reservations on Netflix.

Celebrity chefs aside, let’s get down to the real review. I’m going to describe this novel as an anti-romance. There are many of the ingredients of standard romance novels – relationships and sex and affairs and an exotic location – but no one ends up living happily ever after. Geraldine Halls...more
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Charlotte Jay was the pseudonym adopted by Australian mystery writer and novelist, Geraldine Halls. One of the best and most singular authors of the suspense era, she wrote only nine crime books, but their unorthodoxy secured her a high place in Mystery Hall of Fame.

Jay was born as Geraldine Mary Jay in Melville in Adelaide, South Australia on December 17, 1919. She attended Girton School (now Pem...more
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