The Dud Avocado or The Vie Amoureuse of Sally Jay in Paris - Elaine Dundy 1958 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition ‘Take one zippy, curious, 21-year-old American named Sally Jay, just out of college. Drop her in the middle of Paris’ Left Bank. Add an Italian diplomat, an American theatrical director, a couple of painters and a white slave trader. Mix until all bubbles. The result: a delightful few hours of sparkling reading entertainment. Summing up: Froth and frolic’ – Newsweek

A bright copy – in the elusive dust jacket – of Elaine Dundy’s 1950s classic cult novel, the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris is a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.
  ‘Sally Jay Gorce, the clever, funny, good-looking and mildly disorganised heroine of Elaine Dundy's first and best novel, is most often compared to Truman Capote's Holly Golightly, a character who is her exact contemporary in publication terms (The Dud Avocado and Breakfast at Tiffany's appeared, to rave reviews, in 1958). Only a fool could fail to see why. Both girls are witty, tenacious, ardent, wide-eyed and strangely perceptive. But tell me this: which one would you want to be your pal? Answer: Gorce, of course! It's not only that Sally Jay, with her pink hair and her failed outfits, is by far the more lovable of the two (her clothes, she glumly notes, stubbornly divide themselves into three looks: Tyrolean Peasant, Bar Girl, and Dreaded Librarian). She's a complicated hoot. Cross the heroine of a Hollywood screwball comedy with JD Salinger's teenage neurotic, Holden Caulfield, and you're only just starting to get close to her qualities: insightful, astringent and bracingly modern. Most importantly of all, though, she is authentic. Gorce's voice is so very real, there are moments when reading The Dud Avocado feels deliciously like eavesdropping.’ –The Guardian

Note on the first edition – Victor Gollancz of London published The Dud Avocado the same year, both have been claimed to be the ‘true’ first edition, however as this is by an American writer, about an American girl, and the American dust jacket is much more fun (and scarcer), this is the edition you want.

References: NYRB, web. Review,
The Guardian 2011.

Octavo pp. 255 [1]. Publisher’s yellow cloth over red paper boards, lettering and decorative motif in black to spine, in pink, yellow, and white pictorial dust jacket.
  Condition: Very good plus, minor soiling to yellow cloth spine, hint of offsetting to endpapers, a few faint scattered spots to edges, in very good price-clipped dust jacket, a few short nicks to spine head and upper front corner, toned.   Ref: 108003   Price: HK$ 1,800