- Publisher: Amereon Ltd (June 1, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0848814118
- ISBN-13: 978-0848814113
- Package Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,719,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cass Timberlane, 41 and divorced, falls for Jinny Marshland, a girl from the other side of the tracks who is half his age. Everyone, just about, tries to dissuade him from what they see as a romantic fling with little chance of permanence resulting, but Timberlane is determined to marry her. And he does. And she flies the coop. She falls in love with Bradd Criley and runs off to NYC with him. But she becomes deathly ill there, and Timberlane "rescues" her and she realizes she loves her husband after all. Interspersed throughout the novel are a number of "assemblages," very short snapshots of various good and bad marriages (mostly bad), Lewis's commentary on the marriage situation in middle-class America. He has the chauvinistic view that most bad marriages are the fault of the woman. At the end of one early assemblage, though, he espouses a pretty clear view about successful marriages: "My experience" [Dr. Drover says] "is that it's all nonsense to say that marriage is difficult just because of complicated modern life on top of the fundamental clashes of the sexes. It's all perfectly easy if the husband just understands women and knows how to be patient with their crazy foibles. You bet!" It's exactly what Timberlane is able to do with Jinny and thus keep their marriage together. Lewis's writing is breezy and natural, especially the dialogue. Other than for the rather old-fashioned and melodramatic ending, the book is pretty good.