By Dawn Powell
Everybody IN sunrise Powell's ny satire Angels on Toast is at the make: Lou Donovan, the entrepeneur who ricochets frantically among his well-connected present spouse, his disreputable ex, and his dangerously grasping mistress; Trina Kameray, the unique adventuress whose activity identify is as phony as her accessory; T.V. Truesdale, the fellow with the aristocratic demeanour, the fourteen-dollar swimsuit, and the hyperactive eye for the most likelihood. A dizzyingly fast moving and deliriously exciting novel.
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