Ann Arden, born Ursula Mertens in Kansas, is beautiful, brassy and basically decent. She falls genuinely in love with Billy, a naval officer going off to fight in World War II. He is so hopelessly in love that he defies his formidable mother by marrying Ann. He loves the showgirl precisely because she is different from the society eligibles he has met. But instead of staying the way she is, Ann decides to prove she too can flourish in the tight little circle of New York and Long Island socialites. Billy returns home from the war to find his showgirl doing a rather embarrassing impersonation of the women he was trying to avoid in the first place. The marriage disintegrates into scattered affairs, alcoholism and, finally, a fatal shooting. An intriguing portrait of the rich and powerful closing ranks to protect themselves from outsiders.
This paperback is in very good condition with light corner wear.