"And O God there may be
few laughs left in me but
they're not never ever going
to come out unless there is
a laugh left in somebody
else somewhere and he
laughs first."

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The first book in what has been said by Donleavy to be a trilogy of stories centered
around New York, The Lady Who Like Clean Rest Rooms is perhaps the best-received
Donleavy title since The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman, getting mostly good
reviews, and selling well over time (as do most of the author's fiction works), well on its
way to becoming another of the writer's "eventual best-sellers."

The Lady Who... marks a significant change in author's writing. For the first time,
Donleavy, more than a few times criticized for being a "men's writer," has created a
female protagonist. His sympathetic and pithy handling of Jocelyn (Joy) Guenevere
Marchantiere Jones' struggles confounds those who would simply pigeon hole him as
a misogynist. If there's one thing Donleavy has done again and again throughout his
remarkably long career it is to defy simple categorization.

The second book in the current New York stories series is his most recent title,
Wrong Information is Being Given Out at Princeton.

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The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever
to be Rumored About Around New York

Cloth |Thornwillow Press, 1995 | ISBN (none imprinted
in the edition) Limited first edition of 175 copies. Book
made of handmade paper. Black morocco, enclosed in
black, felt clamshell slipcase with gold stamped title on
the spine of the case as well as on the leather spine of the
book. Hand numbered, this copy being #173 of 175. All
copies signed on the front endpaper by J.P. Donleavy and
back endpaper by illustrator Elliott Banfield.

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The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever
to be Rumored About Around New York

Cloth | Little, Brown & Co./Abacus, London, 1997
ISBN 0316882526 - 119 pages

First UK trade edition (sans Elliott Banfield illustrations)

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The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever
to be Rumored About Around New York

Cloth | A Thomas Dunne Book / St. Martin's Press,
New York, 1997 ISBN 0312155638 - 126 pages

First US trade edition (with Elliot Banfield illustrations).

The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever
to be Rumored About Around New York

Wraps | Little, Brown & Co./Abacus, London, 1997
ISBN 0316882526 - 119 pages 

First UK paperback edition
(sans Elliot Banfield illustrations)

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The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever
to be Rumored About Around New York

Wraps | A Thomas Dunne Book, Griffin edition /
St. Martin's Press, NY, 1997 | ISBN 0312155638 - 126 pages

First US paperback edition (with Banfield illustrations).
A few curious things on the covers of this edition: the front
cover and spine have the title typeset as "Restrooms" instead
of "Rest Rooms" as in the inside and on all other editions.
Also, a circa 1980s photo of Donleavy appears on the back
cover rather than a recent portrait, along with the blurb,
"J.P. Donleavy lives in Dublin, Ireland." For quite a few years
now Donleavy has lived in a mansion called Levington Park,
near Mullingar, County Westmeath, some 60 miles from Dublin.

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Nuestra Señora De Los Vateres Inmaculados

Cloth | Edhasa, Barcelona, December 1998
ISBN 8435008630 | 143 pages

Spanish translation. Issued without dust jacket.

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Eine dame in Nöten

Wraps | Diana/Verlag, München, Germany, 1999
ISBN 3453152611 | 124 pages

German translation.

From what I've gathered from a few friends who know
the German language, this is a variant title roughly meaning
"woman in trouble or turmoil" and not a literal translation
of "The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms."  It is, however,
the same book.

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