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A Tale of Five Cities

A Tale of Five Cities & Other Memoirs
Joyce Elbert

Previously unpublished memoirs of Joyce Elbert (1930–2009), author of 10 novels including the 1969 best-seller, The Crazy Ladies.

"Once you pick up Joyce Elbert's tart and at times shockingly candid memoir, I defy you to put it back down. It's like having a long, boozy, conspiratorial lunch with the most literate of friends. Elbert was definitely of her time—but she spins a pretty good yarn for our time too."
— Eli Attie, TV writer-producer (The West Wing, House, and Billions)

"Joyce Elbert in her memoirs is very frankly off-hand, casually salacious, bordering on indifferent, often bleakly so, and in that reminds me of the Jean Rhys in After Leaving Mr. McKenzie, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Good Morning, Midnight, choosing to write in the manner of the "Sacred Fount" school, as opposed to the "Ivory Tower," ferreting out experiences, very like Kerouac and the Beats, getting down and dirty, treating drinking and rutting as existential acts."
— Alexander Theroux

"[Joyce Elbert] proves that women can write funny, dirty books."
Detroit Free Press

"Joyce Elbert grasps the female psychology."
Chicago Sun-Times

"Jacqueline Susann has met her match!"
Rochester Times-Union


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