The Way We Were
by Arthur Laurents
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers
Book Club Edition
Although Kate Morosky had read about the Stork Club, the summer night in 1944 when her OWI boss trundled her over there was the first time she'd ever been inside it. And though she felt somewhat a traitor to her intense left-wing commitments, it was lovely to be dazzled for one night by those gleaming men who must have shared the same tailor and the same banker. Their girls looked at her as though they'd forgotten to tip her, but they, too, were beautiful, and her happiness soared. Then at the bar the incredible happened: sitting there, very drunk but more beautiful than anybody, was Navy Lieutenant Hubbell Gardiner.
They had been in the same class at college. She, frizzy-haired, shabbily dressed, working at odd jobs to pay her way, a campus militant who hawked leaflets denouncing Franco and his German and Italian allies, wrote protests, made angry speeches, and, as president of the eleven-member Young Communist League, organized strikes and rallies. HE was golden: a star athlete, and, more crushingly, the most gifted person in the creative writing course they were both taking. Envious and adoring, she read him wrong: she thought he was rich, which he wasn't, smug, which he wasn't, reactionary, which he wasn't.
The meeting in the Stork Club led them to bed, and later -- improbably in her eyes -- to marriage. Gently, explicitly, Hubbell tried to dissolve her fear and envy of the long-legged, honey-haired Bennington girls who swarmed all over him at every party. For a while it worked. Hubbell's second novel was sold to the movies, he was to do the screenplay, and when they went to Hollywood -- for a few years only; just long enough to save money for a move to Europe -- she looked like a Bennington girl herself, played tennis, went to parties and loved Hubbell more than ever. But underneath she was still, as an anxious friend told her, "an American Puritan and an Old Testament Jew." When the House Un-American Activities Committee moved in on the movie industry, Katie Morosky surfaced despite everything Katie Gardiner could do to stop her.
This wise and tender novel is the story of Katie's and Hubbell's love and marriage. Hubbell had told her back in college that the world is divided between winners and losers. The reader, caught up in the happiness and strain uniting two intensely appealing people, finds out only in the end which of them won and which lost.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear. The spine of the dust cover looks sun-bleached.
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