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“Potential sleeper hit” [The author] “balances out the narrative with three chapters that give a sociological overview of the Silent Generation [which] provide interesting cultural references (wool bathing suits, the publication of the Kinsey Report, Levittown) and insights into a generation that is often overshadowed or misunderstood.” “A young woman’s search for purpose and identity takes her from her stifling, humdrum home in 1950s Cleveland to exhilarating Paris, where anything seems possible.” “Barbara Glass… slowly transforms from a country-bumpkin tourist to full-fledged Francophile. Through Barbara’s increasingly enlightened and sophisticated eyes, readers will want to come along for the ride…” “…the descriptions of smells, sounds and sights teem with such life and verve…”

About the Author

After graduating from Heights High in 1952, Hermine Fuerst attended what was then Flora Stone Mather College at Case Western Reserve University, receiving a BA in French Literature in 1956. A stint in New York as a production assistant at NBC Television gave her the necessary funds to achieve her dream, and she arrived in France in late 1957. Once there, a tip from a friend landed her what was supposed to be a temporary job as secretary to Alain Bernheim, a Franco-American literary agent. She ended up working with Bernheim for thirteen years, following which she became head of the literary department of the William Morris Agency in Paris. Her career as an agent was followed by marriage and a family, punctuated by numerous writing assignments. Besides magazine articles and an opera libretto, she wrote the English adaptation of dozens of French film scripts. She is a member of the French Authors Guild (SACD) and co-author of a series of language courses. Currently she divides her time between her two residences, one in Southern California and the other in the French countryside.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Dolmen Books; 1St Edition edition (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061561745X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615617459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sharp on June 16, 2012
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"Tripping" deserves much praise as one of very few fictional works dealing explicitly with America's so-called "Silent Generation," those born roughly in the 1927-1945 period (some use 1929-1942). Americans born in this period arrived too late to participate in the "Greatest Generation" triumph in World War II, but before the Baby Boom. In contrast to the strong self-identity of their predecessors and their antecedents, few "Silents" have even heard of the term purportedly describing them. Adopting a first-person quasi-memoir format, "Tripping" takes on this generational amnesia, following its lead female protagonist from her youth in the 1950s through middle age.

The novel's title alone says much about the generation and how it retained its odd title through the noisy turmoil that it helped engender, accompanied by the beat of the rock and roll genre it created. Barbara, the narrator-protagonist, spends much of her time distancing herself from her conservative American roots in Cleveland, Ohio, traveling to Paris, seeking creative outlets, immersing herself in French culture, and taking side "trips" into the indulgences of the new morality, thus escaping from the characterization of her generation by William Manchester as "withdrawn, cautious, unimaginative, indifferent, unadventurous and silent." Curiously, the "Silent" label was first applied by Time in 1951, when the age range of what came to be known as the Silent Generation was only six to twenty-four! A premature condemnation of a generation if there ever was one! And yet the label stuck.

Why? "Tripping" provides a partial answer. Barbara wanted little to do with the cardboard image of her cohorts, so she "tripped out," literally and psychologically. Who can blame her?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KathyMc on June 19, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book Tripping: from Cleveland to Paris and Beyond, by Hermine Fuerst. I was hooked after the first few pages. This real-life story is illuminating from a historic point of view. I had no clue the The Silent Generation even existed and the issues that they faced. I also appreciated this book from a woman's point of view. The author makes herself totally transparent and in doing so empowers the reader to rise above any of life's challenges. Finally, this book also makes you want to travel and be more adventurous in your life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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By pwh on September 19, 2012
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This book has great scenes from a lost Paris, that of the late 1950s, experienced first-hand by the author. Anyone interested in mid-century American/European history will find it intriguing. The pace is crisp, the content sexy and there is even an element of suspense which makes it a sort of page turner, unusual in the "roman a clef" genre. The author's ruminations on "The Silent Generation" are unique and interesting, although one may not always agree with some of the sweeping generalizations. Still, it is a way of thinking that so many of us who lived through the second half of the 20th century have had to adopt just to deal with the astonishing rate of change in the technological explosion. Especially moving is her realization that she was, briefly, a "speed freak" before the language defining that existed. This is an interesting insight and may find resonance with many readers. When we see the heroine in Soho caught in the exact moment in history when matching hats and suits with white gloves gave way to blue jeans we know we are in the presence of a writer who knows how to pick her battles.
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