Cassandra at the Wedding

      Dorothy Baker

Cassandra at the Wedding

'I am not, at heart, a jumper. I think I knew all the time I was sizing up the bridge that the strong possibility was I'd attend my sister's wedding'

Cassandra Edwards is driving home to her family's Californian ranch to attend the wedding of her beloved identical twin, Judith. A graduate student at Berkeley, Cassandra is gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable – and hell-bent on making sure her sister's wedding doesn't happen.

Armed with a clutch bag full of pills, an unquenchable thirst for brandy, and an uncompromising vision for how she and Judith should live, over the course of the next couple of days, Cassandra unravels.

First published in 1962, Cassandra at the Wedding is a classic of twentieth century American literature, with a cast of characters you won't be able to forget.


'Modern readers will relish the pin-sharp portrait of a tiny part of society, as if picked out in Californian sunlight. Really good writing...

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    Young Man With a Horn

      Dorothy Baker

Young Man With a Horn

Dorothy Baker's "Young Man with a Horn" is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it courses with the verve and swing of the music that defined an era. From the beginning, Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn't matter to the boss at the Cotton Club that he was underage or to the folks in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out with nothing in the slums of LA, but there was a kind of fate to his ending up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But where instinct and drive are all you need to take you far in music, they aren't enough to make a life work. Baker took her inspiration for "Young Man with a Horn" from the tragic life of Bix Beiderbecke, and the novel went on to be adapted into a successful movie starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day.

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