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Hortense Calisher's revelatory novel of celebrity, small-town values, and a young woman's coming of age

Famous playwright Craig Towle has decided to return to his New Jersey hometown, a suburb of New York City. He arrives with his world-renowned reputation and a new wife who is half his age. It is the 1950s, and the new couple raises plenty of eyebrows - in particular, those of the narrator, an adolescent girl who is full of observations, but not judgments. At the center of this layered novel is the narrator's unconventional family and their odd fixation on Towle, which goes beyond his mere celebrity. The secrets of their past and the potential involvement of Towle in the family's lineage intertwine in a potentially devastating turn.

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Used availability for Hortense Calisher's The Bobby-Soxer

Hardback Editions

January 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bobby Soxer
Author(s): Hortense Calisher
ISBN: 0-385-18426-3 / 978-0-385-18426-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel
Author(s): Hortense Calisher
ISBN: 1-5318-0165-X / 978-1-5318-0165-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel
Author(s): Hortense Calisher
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel
Author(s): Hortense Calisher
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel
Author(s): Hortense Calisher
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA