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Joanna's magnetic eyes attract the gold in Jay's heart. Jay's polite restraint has Joanna day-dreaming about small houses with gardens. But Jay's gold heart stops when Joanna refers to him "like a brother." Jay convinces Joanna that he's different than the rest of the pack. But is Jay's polo-playing family too different for the orphaned actress? Both Ford and the main character are enamored with romance, whether in Manhattan or Paris.
Author Bob Ford's research into the late 1950s provides a convincing backdrop, complete with references to Playboy, Jack Benny, the birth of chemotherapy and IBM. . Ford portrays the quirks and double-dealings of the New York advertising film industry with martini-laced humor and an insider's wink. If this pulp-fiction style romance had a soundtrack, a boozy Dean Martin would accompany scenes at Ad-Film and Film Arts.
A fun, quick read full of fast retorts and well-aimed jabs, Ford illuminates the seamy side of Manhattan and Connecticut's Greenwich in a not-so-politically-correct era, The Lights of Sheridan Square delivers a satisfying, playful yet romantic tale with good-guys, bad-guys, dames, eccentrics, and a happy ending.
You will enjoy this story!
Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott
My dearest Jay, I wish that time could have stopped for us in Paris or even here on Sheridan Square. These have been the most wonderful months I have ever known.
The year is 1957; the hero, a young ad man named Jay Carraway; the heroine, a wannabe starlet named Joanna Olenska. He, scion of a wealthy Connecticut dynasty; she, a poor orphan child. They meet in New York, where Jay has rejected his life of privilege to be a "go-fer" in an ad agency, and Joanna is trying to get a break on Broadway. Jay soon rises to prominence as the sidekick of Elliott Pierce, a dynamic, successful rotter. Eventually Jay will learn that his job includes lying to Elliot's wife about his philandering, and that it is possible that Elliot once philandered with Joanna. In the meantime, Jay and Elliott will make beautiful money together in the high stakes ad game, and try to piece together Elliott's dream: to produce a film called Death of a Gran Prix Racer, starring Paul Newman (who did star in a racing film, Winning, in 1969). As Jay's love for Joanna grows, his admiration for Elliott wanes, leaving him with significant choices to make.
Since these are vibrant, dynamic people and historically rich settings, everything is in place for a novelistic triumph. Bob Ford, author, playwright and commercial filmmaker, has presumably walked around in the realms he describes. He is a skilled writer, using alluring chapter titles, mulit-layered characters and clever plot devices to move his story along. Jay's naïve Sancho Panza to Elliot's amoral Don Quixote allows for a peek behind the scenes in the world of 1950s "mad men.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will strike a deep chord with anyone who has ever tried a career in "show business" or has ever felt like they were a social outcast. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Maria B.
I truly enjoyed this book a lot, and did not want to put it down once I started. This would make a great film, or maybe a TV movie, with a good cast it would do very well. Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by M. Lucas
Yes,a good story! I enjoyed the beginnings of ad/tv business, in particular the foreign car ads. What a precise and beautiful description of Jay's and Joanna's trip to Paris. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by young New Yorker
Set in New York City in the late 1950's, this love story takes you into the heart of the advertising world. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Deanna Hargraves
'I must tell you, that this was the best book I have read in a long time. The story caught me up and I couldn't stop reading it. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Bob Ford - Author