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19 June 2010

Book Review: Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart


Title: Summer at Tiffany
Author: Marjorie Hart
Publisher: Avon A
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0061189531
Genre: Memoir

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From the Publisher:

Do you remember the best summer of your life?

New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls. Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor—a diamond-filled day job replete with Tiffany blue shirtwaist dresses from Bonwit Teller's—and the envy of all their friends.

Hart takes us back to the magical time when she and Marty rubbed elbows with the rich and famous; pinched pennies to eat at the Automat; experienced nightlife at La Martinique; and danced away their weekends with dashing midshipmen. Between being dazzled by Judy Garland's honeymoon visit to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in Times Square, and mingling with Café society, she fell in love, learned unforgettable lessons, made important decisions that would change her future, and created the remarkable memories she now shares with all of us.


My Review:

If one is looking for an absolutely delightful and engaging novel, Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is an excellent choice. Marjorie Hart writes a beautiful, heart-warming and witty memoir that will take the reader back in time to 1945 Manhattan and the unforgettable summer experienced by two college students working their dream job at Tiffany's for the summer. Hart's novel is beautifully written, richly vivid in imagery, vibrant characters and the lure of a large city on two young wealthy college students, Marge and Marty. They both were planning on attending summer school in Des Moines, Iowa when a penny postcard arrives for Marge, a fellow Kappa Sorority sister, inviting them to Manhattan for the summer. Summer at Tiffany is so rich in detail the reader will feel as though they are on 5th Avenue and seeing all the sites, hearing the sounds, and living the New York life with the characters. Through the use of near lyrical prose the reader is brought back in time to when women were, in every sense of the word, innocent and feminine. WWII is coming to an end and life is looking up, however, considering the year, Hart weaves in wonderful, first hand historical information. The characters are delightful and one cannot help but enjoy the antics and adventures with the girls in Manhattan. I have not read such a delightful memoir in quite some time and as summer approaches I strongly recommend picking up a copy of Summer at Tiffany. Marjorie Hart is one woman I would truly enjoy meeting.

About the Author:

Marjorie Hart, now 83, is the former chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the University of San Diego, a professional cellist, and author of Summer at Tiffany. She lives in La Mesa, California.nterpreter was optioned under the original title Force for Peace by Lantern Pictures.

To learn more visit the Summer at Tiffany website.

I received a complimentary copy of Summer at Tiffany: A Memoir by Marjorie Hart from Jennifer Hart. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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8 comments:

Kristin said...

Great review...I have this book on my TBR list!

Have a great weekend!

Teresa said...

I'm glad you liked this one. I've seen a lot of great reviews on it. It's on my TBR list too!

Mary said...

Happy to see your coffeecup review. I bought it last year and hope to read it this summer. I'll come back then and read your thoughts.

heathertlc said...

This sounds like an absolutely delightful read! Thanks for being part of the tour. :)

heathertlc said...

(Oops! Please ignore the end of my last comment - I thought you were part of the TLC Book Tour for this book, but it was actually the HEART OF LIES tour post I was looking for. Sorry for the confusion!)

Aths said...

I LOVED this book so much! So glad that you did too!

Esme said...

I loved this book.

Christina T said...

Fantastic review! What a fun and interesting job that would have been, especially compared to the kinds of summer jobs I had while in college.