It is 1941 and war is imminent. Robert Grant is a man in his fifties, living on the seamier side of New York. Life is a game and he makes his own rules, whether trading in cotton, writing a best seller, or pursuing his only hobby - seduction (and betrayal). He searches for easy women - the cheaper the better, the more the merrier: always on the lookout for a new face, a new phone number, 'a little tea, a little chat'. Enjoying his intrigues, he receives little pleasure - and gives none, until he encounters Barbara, the 'blondine' a big, handsome, sluttish woman of thirty-two. In Barbara, he meets his match...First published in 1948, A Little Tea, A Little Chat provides an irresistible, sardonic commentary on men and women on the make whose sexual appetites wickely mirror the materialism of twentieth-century America.