The novel is about three French women: Eve de Lancel and her two daughters, the dutiful and refined Delphine and the anything-but refined tomboy called Freddy.
As a teenager in 1913 Dijon, Eve is obsessed with popular music. She runs off to Paris with touring music hall singer Alain Marais.
When he abandons her, Eve becomes a singer, entertaining WWI troops always ending her performances with “Till We Meet Again.”
Post-war, she marries Vicomte Paul de Lancel, heir to a great Champagne winery and a career diplomat.
While they are stationed in Los Angeles, their daughters go rogue.
At 18, Delphine is starring in movies.
At 16, Freddy solos after secretly taking flying lessons she paid for by working at Woolworths.
The novel’s characters, while implausible as a set, seem reasonably plausible as individuals because Krantz adeptly changes focus before readers can study them a particular character too closely.
Krantz scatters her text with historical facts that help sustain the illusion of plausibility.
The novel’s ending, while too predictable, doesn’t feel pasted-on.
Till We Meet Again isn’t great literature, but it’s good popular fiction.
Till We Meet Again by Judith Krantz
Crown. ©1988. 534 p.
1988 bestseller #6; my grade: B
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