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Once Is Not Enough (Jacqueline Susann) Paperback – December 14, 1997
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Once upon a time, the entertainment industry was a world that never slept. Magazine editors, models, pop stars, and all the rest visited "vitamin doctors" to get the shots that would allow them to stay up all night and then work all day--in offices decorated with beanbag chairs and Calderesque mobiles. In this world, January Wayne goes from poor-little-rich-girl to grown-up swinger, as she searches New York and Los Angeles for a guy just like Mike Wayne, the glamorous movie producer, who also just happens to be her father.
Though often panned by critics, Susann's slightly sordid yet thoroughly fabulous novel was embraced by her fans. Once Is Not Enough became Susann's third consecutive novel to reach the number one spot on the New York Times best-seller list--the first time any author had accomplished this feat. The novel would be Susann's last great success: The year after its publication, in 1974, the author died of breast cancer.
'Spectacularly successful. There are plane crashes, drug orgies, motorcycle accidents, mass rapes, attempted abortions, suicide, evil doctors and assorted other activities; and I just couldn't put the damned thing down."--Library Journal
"[Susann's] pulp poetry resonates to this day. With her formula of sex, drugs and show business, Susann didn't so much capture the tenor of her times as she did predict the Zeitgeist of ours."--Detour
Jacqueline Susann left her hometown of Philadelphia and moved to New York, where she won the Best Dressed Woman in Television Award four times. But it was the success of her blockbusters Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine, and Once is Not Enough that transformed her into the Pucci-clad media superstar we remember today. Jacqueline Susann was married to producer Irving Mansfield. She died in 1974.
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This book is a very entertaining read. The story centers around Robin Stone, a smart and sexy television executive who's climbing the corporate ladder and breaking the hearts of many women along the way. Although it seems at times that Robin has no conscience because of the way he treats women, he really isn't a malicious character and doesn't intend to harm to anyone. Regardless of the fact that he always makes it clear that he's not interested in a long-term relationship, women still tend to fall for him, and they fall very hard. The book is divided into three main sections devoted to the women who are affected by Robin the most: Amanda, a beautiful and emotional model; Maggie, a brilliant journalist; and Judith, a middle-aged socialite.
Robin is a very interesting character. He's so charismatic that he even manages to charm the reader, and you'll be rooting for him in spite of all his indiscretions. There is also a deeply buried secret in Robin's past that makes him become vulnerable in very unexpected circumstances, and the mystery surrounding him will keep the reader guessing until the very end. I also enjoyed how Robin interacted differently with all the various women in his life. The last section in the book devoted to Judith was a little slow, but that could be because I was expecting a last-minute dramatic turn of events like I've seen in Susann's other novels, and this book was a little different.
If you enjoyed Jacqueline Susann's other novels, you really need to read "The Love Machine." My only disappointment is that this was the last book of Susann's I had left to read...I wish she had written many more!
Like "Valley of the Dolls," "Once is Not Enough" boasts many colorful characters whose lives intersect in a variety of unexpected ways. There are some funny moments in the book, but for the most part it consists of tragedy and unhappiness. The final few chapters threw me for a loop because the ending is more depressing than either of Susann's other novels. Still, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an entertaining read. You won't be able to put it down!
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Entertaining, easy read, set in some parallel universe where Hamtramck Poles aren't Catholic, 1960s street walkers get $50 a pop, Ingrid Bergman is Jewish, and a middle-aged man... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Swanny58
great book...I read it in my 20's more than once and bought for my granddaughter who is 19! YES, it's just that goodPublished 4 months ago by Robert
It took 21 years to read all three of Jacqueline Susann's big novels but I did it. I read one a decade. Not bad. I paced myself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward Aycock
While not as gripping as Valley of the Dolls, if you love that particular genre this book is right up your alley.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book about 30 yrs ago and wanted to read it again. It was better the second time. Fantastic book..Published 15 months ago by Vicki Sullivan
Just fabulous; my second favorite JS book (first favorite is Once is Not Enough) so many twists and surprises and as always, such finely drawn characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Schuyler V. Johnson
This was a really great story by the late and great Jackie Susann and I've got to say that I enjoyed this book very much! It kept my interest all the way to the very end. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. James
At the time Jacqueline Susann published this superb novel, she was one of the finest authors writing in the English language and considered one of the truly great voices of modern... Read morePublished 20 months ago by SanFran JT