Title: The Vestal Virgin Room
Publication Date: 1984
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1984. Atheneum. 1st Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 256 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Inscribed by the Author. 068911494x. keywords: Literature America Texas. inventory # 23271. FROM THE PUBLISHER - THE VESTAL VIRGIN ROOM is an ebullient tragicomic novel that explores the hopes and fears of two small-time entertainers in pursuit of the American dream. For years Don and Dottie Baxter have been eking out a living with their piano, drum, and vocal act in mediocre night clubs and Holiday Inns all over the Midwest. Now they’re on the road again, but this time with a difference. This time, at the end of their tour, they’ll be playing Las Vegas - only one night, only the lounge, only the intermissions, and not in a first-rate hotel. But it’s a break, and secretly they’ve both got a lot riding on it. In the car, and in the confinement of their hotel rooms, the tension between them begins to mount. Don’s brashness grows more pronounced as he tries to hide his nervousness. Dottie, who knows how much he wants this chance, cannot express her own ambivalence. Gradually, as we hear first one point of view, then the other, all their conflicting ambitions, as well as their mutual tragedy, are brought to the surface, threatening to destroy the love that has sustained them so long. Juxtaposing the outrageously comic scenes of Don and Dottie’s public performances with the intense soul-searching of their private moments, C. W. Smith has created a brilliantly balanced novel fraught with tears and laughter. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23271
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