East Side, West Side shows ordinary events become pivotal

Marcia Davenport’s East Side, West Side is a psychological novel that holds a mirror up to ourselves.

Jessie Bourne had been passionately in love with New York aristocrat Brandon Bourne when they married. Over 17 years, dissimilar tastes and interests along with Brandon’s womanizing have killed that passion.randon will never divorce Jessie. He has never actually loved any of his women. Besides, Jessie has money.

Jessie won’t divorce Brandon; she regards divorce as an admission of defeat.

At a party, Jessie meets General Mark Dwyer. They are moving discretely toward an affair when Brandon comes home in a panic. His brother had seen his mistress killed by a man who had been using the woman as a tool in his blackmail schemes.

Jessie’s quick thinking and loyal contacts save Brandon’s family from scandal, but in the process Jessie takes a hard look at Brandon and herself.

East Side, West Side is almost too good for comfort. In its pages we see how ordinary experiences like being bored by one’s relatives or arguing with one’s spouse can become catalysts that change the course of a person’s life.

Find a copy of East Side, West Side.

It’s a novel worth rereading.

East Side, West Side
By Marcia Davenport
Schribner’s, 1947
376 pages
1947 bestseller #9
My Grade: B+

© 2007 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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