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Jennifer Fever Paperback – June 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press (June 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006373976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006373971
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,606,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Author of I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can and Defects of the Heart, Gordon presents a third potential bestseller, on the menace of pretty young women. Grouped here under the name "Jennifer," they are the ones for whom older men leave their wives, the "Janets." The author quotes people interviewed both here and abroad: the Jennifers (Gordon notes that she was one herself); males who catch Jennifer fever; and Janets, the forsaken wives, who are left to care for children rejected by their fathers and who, often with little money, represent the tragic figures in the triangles. Benjamin Spock's former wife Jane talks with anguish of the famed pediatrician's defection, as does Dory Previn, deserted by composer Andre. The reader is hard put, on the other hand, to sympathize with the aging Lotharios, disillusioned when the company of their young sweeties turns sour. As for the Jennifers, all agree that they are drawn to older men in established positions. Gays also lose lovers to younger partners, but lesbians, at least those surveyed here, remain committed to each other, usually for life. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; first serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Barbara Gordon has had a long career as a documentary filmmaker at CBS and PBS, and was a writer for NBC's Today Show. She is the winner of three Emmy awards for her work as a documentary film writer and producer.

Her first book, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, was translated into nine languages, became an international bestseller, and received a nomination as finalist for outstanding autobiography by the American Book Awards.

Ms. Gordon is also the author of a novel, Defects of the Heart, and Jennifer Fever, a non-fiction work that explores the social and psychological intricacies, perils, and pleasures in relationships between older men and younger women.

Barbara Gordon was born in Miami, Florida, attended Vassar College, and is a graduate of Barnard College. She currently lives in New York City. She continues to lecture and is presently at work on a book of nonfiction.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Gadoury on July 30, 2013
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This book was well worth the money. I wish there had been more work done on this topic. I hope that this book is available to young girls as they enter adulthood. Perhaps it will make them realize that the families and women they destroy is really just prophetic of their own futures as women.
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