In keeping with my retro reading theme, I just finished for the dozenth time, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (OHWYG). Originally published in 1942, OHWYG is the hilarious memoir of Skinner and Kimbrough’s post-college (Bryn Mawr) travels through Europe in the 1920s. Laugh out loud funny.
What Other Reviewers Say
Orville Prescott, The New York Times (1942) ”There is a noticeable trace of mild humor to Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, but it is very mild indeed, about as tasty as junket or cornstarch pudding. Why it should be a co-selection for December by the Book-of-the-Month Club is a dark mystery.”
HA! Prescott was sooo wrong (and what a grump!) OHWYG was a best seller, went through dozens of printings, and was made into a major motion picture (1944) staring Gail Russell, Diana Lynn, and Charles Ruggles.