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November 08, 1985 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-11-08

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Rona Jaffe

Continued from Page 38

these days, after more than a
14-hour day of autographing
and being prodded by interview-
ers and held captive by harried
and harassed women who, it
may seem, have no one else to
turn to, Jaffe will tuck herself
at long last into bed in some
strange and probably overpriced
hotel in some strange and possi-
bly, provincial town.
And breathe a long sigh of re-
lief that it's all over.
And the next day Rona Jaffe
will, as she said, "start all over
again. It's wonderful."
And so it should be. Rona
Jaffe is riding a wonderful,
blissful wave. She has learned
how to compress between hard
covers the agony of middle-age
discontent and the gossamer
yearnings for a better life. Rona
Jaffe writes of dreams and
nightmares, of couples who
eventually uncouple, of sex that
is consummated, deliberated,
frustrated or arrogated. Jaffe
has tapped into the psyche of
the American woman who
cheered her college football
team in the 1950's, got pinned
by her senior year, had 2.5 kids
and a suburban home by the
time JFK went on a drive
through Dallas, and who had a
hunch about the time that
Sergeant Pepper was released
that her life was a sham, that
without her husband's career
and bank account she was a
nothing, and that her mind,
which had done so well on even
the gut courses back in college,
had turned to whipped cream.
The books of Rona Jaffe — a
woman who did well at
Radcliffe, both socially and aca-
demically; whose mind is still
quick; whose body is still trim
— reflect this dreary terrain of
the modern American woman in
such detail — and, reportedly,
in such fidelity — that one
would assume that their author
had lived through the same
agony and soul-searching. As
with most of us, Jaffe has gone
through occasional agony. And
her soul has been searched. But
from early on, unlike most of us,
she knew what she wanted to
be. And she knew that the way
she — and most other girls —
were, in her words, being
"trained" in the 1940's and
1950's was full of such 'hypoc-
risy" and mendacity that she
could have easily succumbed to
the norm of the day and become
a hausfrau rather than a fre-
quenter of the best seller lists.
Jaffe's childhood was full of
double messages. Her father, the
principal of what he called "the
best public school in New York,"
told her in the late 1940's that
someday she would make
$10,000 a year. In those days,
that was tantamount to saying
she would make $100,000
yearly. That was improbable
then for a male, but sheer fan-
tasy for a female.
At the same time that Jaffe
was being groomed for a career,
her parents — and her college
— were also readying her for a
life in which she would be an
appendage to the person who
truly mattered — her husband.

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