- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (May 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067122025X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671220259
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Judith Rossner [1935–2005] was an American novelist, most famous for the bestseller, Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1975). A lifelong New Yorker, her books centered around the themes of urban alienation and gender relations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is excellent. The straightforward telling of a fictionalized true story that was not easy to tell in 1975, with no bias, is amazing for a book written 40 years ago, let alone today. And a polarizing story it was and is. It seems that as soon as women and sex wind up together in any story, true or fiction, people take one of two positions: blame the victim, or point out the fact that she did a whole lot less than men of the era were doing, and paid a price that usually only women pay. Attitudes are much the same today as they were 40 years ago. (As in the posters that say "I can't believe I still have to protest this s**t.)
After seeing the movie when it was first released, I ran all the way back to my apartment located four blocks from "Teresa's", and locked all the locks. As the book makes clear, we lived in the birth-controlled twilight between Woodstock and HIV. Women were making our own livings, supporting ourselves, and living alone in numbers never seen in any previous generation. We had jobs that used to be "men only". Sex was often casual; we were entitled. But we also knew the realities of things that were not often discussed publicly - battering and violence against women, stalking (there was not even a word for that in 1975), character assassination from men who wanted to ruin our social standing and careers for whatever reason. We knew that we were not completely safe. The "summer of love" was over.
Teresa and her sister walk us through what was a frightening terrain at times as they both struggle to find the place where they fit into the world around them. It was much more likely that Teresa would have lived through all this, rather than being slaughtered. The fact that she did not, and the reasons why may be debated for many years to come.
I recommend this book for those who want something fiction but realistic that ends unusually.
It's a VERY dark piece of literature and not for the light-hearted. I love it and highly recommend it, but keep in mind that it's not a hopeful or positive book.