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7-1/2 Cents

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"A gay, impudent, amorous novel" about a strike at the Sleep Tite pajama factory in Junction City, Iowa, told from the viewpoint of Sid Sorokin, the factory superintendent. Basis of the Broadway musical "The Pajama Game."
Hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press, 245 pages
Published 1953 by Little, Brown and Company
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Sam Bissell
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for me to offer an unbiased view of this great book since it was written by my Dad. That said, it actually is a very fun read on the doings and goings-on of a men's sleepwear factory in the Midwest in the late 1940s/early '50s. Our hero is new in town and has stepped into the Superintendent's shoes, which appear to have been filled recently by a continuous passage of frustrated supers who couldn't manage to keep the ship righted. Sid's love life is a key factor in the book and whi ...more
David
Apr 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Entertaining, wisecracking satire from the 1950s of trying to climb out of the union rank and file into management.

The musical based on this book, as you might expect, takes the first 50 pages or so and runs off in a different direction. In Bissell's book the garment workers' strike for a 7-1/2 cent increase on piecework is settled in a completely different way, much less dramatically.

A word of caution: anti-Semitic epithets were run of the mill in the period in which the book takes place.
Alan Hoffman
Read this because I thought it would help understand "Pajama Game" and the lead character, Sid Sorokin. It didn't. Very dry book - he cheats on her, and unlike the movie, they leave the pajama industry at the end when he gets fed up.
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Richard Pike Bissell (June 27, 1913-May 4, 1977) was an author of short stories and novels, playwright, business executive and riverboat pilot/master. He was best known for his river books, and for his novel 7 Cents, based on his experience in the garment industry, which he helped convert into Pajama Game, one of the most popular Broadway musical comedies of the 1950's and made into a movie music ...more
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