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The Vestal Virgin Room

Author: C W Smith
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A novel that explores the hopes and fears of two small-time entertainers in pursuit of the American dream. For years Don and Dottie 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Galley proofs
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Smith, C.W. (Charles William), 1940-
Vestal Virgin Room.
New York : Atheneum, 1984
(OCoLC)707694775
Named Person: C W Smith; C W Smith
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C W Smith
ISBN: 068911494X 9780689114946
OCLC Number: 10696645
Description: 248 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: C.W. Smith.

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"A novel that explores the hopes and fears of two small-time entertainers in pursuit of the American dream. For years Don and Dottie 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're 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"--Author.

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