When it was originally publishedfirst in Paris
, then in America
, and finally in England
, where it was initially bannedCandy
was greeted by controversy and overwhelming media attention. Criticized for its scandalous content, the book nonetheless sold thousands of copies, dazzled readers, and won Southern a reputation that will never die.
A lusty romp of a story centered around the impossible sweet Candy Christian, a wide-eyed, luscious, all-American girl, Candya satire of Voltaire's Candidechronicles her adventures with mystics, sexual analysts, doctors, and everyone else she means when she breaks ties with her family and sets out to experience the world.