ISBN 9780143124689 | 240 pages | 29 Oct 2013 | Penguin | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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O is for O'Hara. A masterpiece of American fiction and a bestseller upon its publication in 1935, BUtterfield 8 lays bare with brash honesty the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. One Sunday morning, Gloria wakes up in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress, stockings, and panties. When she steals a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she unleashes a series of events that can only end in tragedy. Inspired by true events, BUtterfield 8 caused a sensation on its publication for its frank depiction of the relationship between a wild and beautiful young woman and a respectable, married man.
“A man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well.” —Ernest Hemingway
“Like Henry James, O’Hara could create a world where class and social structures are all-important but not openly discussed.” —The Village Voice
“O’Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape character.... [His] genius was in his unerring precision in capturing the speech and the milieus of his characters, whether the setting was Pennsylvania, Hollywood, or New York.” —Fran Lebowitz
"O'Hara occupies a unique position in our contemporary literature... He is the only American writer to whom America presents itself as a social scene in the way it once presented itself to Henry James, or France to Proust." —Lionel Trilling, The New York Times
“O’Hara is one of the great underrated writers of the last century. . . . [BUtterfield 8 is] a definitive picture of speakeasy culture at the start of the Depression.” —Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, from the Introduction