The Betsy (Paperback)
|Author: Harold Robbins|
I was sitting up in bed, sipping hot coffee, when the nurse came into the room. (from the first line)
Robbins was orphaned at an early age, dropped out of high school at 15, left his foster home, and became a clerk in a grocery store. By age 20, he was a millionaire from his speculations in the stock market, but he eventually lost his fortune during the Depression. Robbins's most popular work, THE CARPETBAGGERS (1961), sold six million copies. He was married six times and was proud of his druggy, debauched life. Despite a stroke suffered in 1982, Robbins continued to write. His last novel was published a few months before his death from respiratory heart failure at the age of 81.