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In Her Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
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Oct. 1 1988
For years a "lost" collector's item, here is the second novel from a brilliant young author testing her literary muscle, and it's bursting at the seams with Rita Mae Brown's trademark cast of characters and crackling quips. Written immediately after her classic Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day takes a loving swipe at the charged political atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early seventies. Elegant art history professor Carole Hanratty insists brains transcend lust—until she crashes into Ilse, a revolutionary feminist flush with the arrogance of youth. Blazing with rhetoric, their romance is a sexual and ideological inferno. Ilse campaigns to get Carole to join The Movement, but forty-four-year-old Carole and her zany peers have twenty years of fight behind them and are wary of causes bogged down in talk. After all, says Carole's best friend, the real reason for a revolution is so the good things in life circulate. Her idea of subversion is hiring a Rolls-Royce to go to McDonald's. In Her Day, with its infectious merriment and serious underpinnings, proves that if politics is the great divider, humor is the ultimate restorative.

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For years a "lost" collector's item, here is the second novel from a brilliant young author testing her literary muscle, and it's bursting at the seams with Rita Mae Brown's trademark cast of characters and crackling quips. Written immediately after her classic Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day takes a loving swipe at the charged political atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early seventies. Elegant art history professor Carole Hanratty insists brains transcend lust--until she crashes into Ilse, a revolutionary feminist flush with the arrogance of youth. Blazing with rhetoric, their romance is a sexual and ideological inferno. Ilse campaigns to get Carole to join The Movement, but forty-four-year-old Carole and her zany peers have twenty years of fight behind them and are wary of causes bogged down in talk. After all, says Carole's best friend, the real reason for a revolution is so the good things in life circulate. Her idea of subversion is hiring a Rolls-Royce to go to McDonald's. In Her Day, with its infectious merriment and serious underpinnings, proves that if politics is the great divider, humor is the ultimate restorative.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of several books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, she lives in Afton, Virginia.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on fourteen previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries: Sour Puss; Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; and Cat’s Eyewitness, in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Oct. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"In Her Day" is feminism at her worst. The story follows the romantic tryst between Isle, a 20-something activist zealously fighting the cause for women's rights, and Carole, the experienced, 40-something art professor who has figured out how to choose her battles wisely. Together the two argue women's ideologies. That's about it. Add a cast of quirky-but- lackluster characters and you've got a novel doesn't amount to much. There was just too much opinion and not enough emotion. There was nothing human about the characters that made me care about them. Definitely not a good read as I labored through it far longer than I should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Her Best March 28 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read every book Rita Mae Brown has ever published, I have to say that this is still one of my favorites. The characters are, as always, beautifully developed in the ceaselessly witty storyline she is famous for. This is one of the few lesbian romances you can feel good about reading in public and sharing with everybody.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have you made the acquaintance of Rita Mae Brown yet? Nov. 10 2003
By Peggy Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
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Have you made the acquaintance of Rita Mae Brown yet?
In her day is Rita Mae Brown's 2nd novel, and it's a goodie, full of quirky characters, cracking wit, wicked humor - and also full of love for her fellow flawed humans. Brown, for those who don't know, is lesbian, and she's at her best dealing with characters who come up against surprising twists in their own sexual yearnings.
Okay. In Her Day deals with Carole (with an `e'), a cerebral art history professor who is cool, cool, cool until she bangs smack dab into Ilse, a feminist in full battle regalia. Romance, shall we say, ensues. But there's trouble due to the fact that Ilse is significantly younger then Carole, so there are generational issues to resolve in the feminism wars.
...It's great.
Read it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Her Best March 27 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read every book Rita Mae Brown has ever published, I have to say that this is still one of my favorites. The characters are, as always, beautifully developed in the ceaselessly witty storyline she is famous for. This is one of the few lesbian romances you can feel good about reading in public and sharing with everybody.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story on the May-December relationship March 5 2006
By Echo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a bit slow to start, but after you get into the characters, you begin to see a wonderful display of what happens in a May-December relationship (one much older than the other). Throughout the story, you are given equal information about both sides, what they are feeling and how thier totally different lives feed off of each other, that is until they are in the bedroom. That is where they put aside their differences. A good read, a great storyline, and another brilliant book from Rita Mae Brown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Mae Nov. 23 2008
By jordyn skye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If your lookingh at this maybe you know Ritas work absolutely fantastic and she does it again. Just perfect!
3.0 out of 5 stars book club read Feb. 24 2010
By mama bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
overall the book club didn't like it. seems like an early attempt at writing. rmb is much better now.
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