Gladys Reunited : A Personal American Journey Paperback
In the Autumn of 1971, having been thrown out of a rather fancy private school, Sandi Toksvig was sent to the only remaining option - Mamaroneck High School, New York. She was thirteen years old and that year changed her life.
Sandi auditioned and was chosen for the lead role in a production of The Skin of our Teeth by Thornton Wilder.
Three girls were cast in the part of Gladys Antrobus, playing her at different ages of her life, and Sandi was the youngest.
The three actresses soon became known as the Gladys' and this was the beginning of a friendship with a group of females that still influences her to this day. Soon all the girls in the cast and crew were becoming members of The Gladys Society.
In the end there were twelve of them. GLADYS REUNITED records Sandi's recent travels in America catching up with her eleven fellows.
It is a biography, a travel journal and a portrait of American women today. It's about friendship but also about Sandi herself, as she explores the origins of her career as a performer and her sense of national identity - where exactly does she fit?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/06/2003
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780751533286
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Review by ablueidol
Surprisingly interesting, and personal whilst very funny. Its as much about a mid life crisis as the strangeness of Americans. Gladys are a circle of women students and teachers who put a play on 20 odd years ago at high school and led to all deciding that the theatre was the life for them. Sandi has a reunion with them individually to discover what happened in reality as she explores her own life and the choices she needs to make.