Pamela Moore’s first book was published when she was 18 and became an international bestseller. Chocolates for Breakfast gained notoriety for its frank depiction of sexuality, at a time when young women were not expected to read about such matters, never mind write about them.
The protagonist is a young girl named Courtney, shunted between boarding school and divorced parents in New York and Hollywood. The book portrays a privileged and jaded set who drink heavily and pride themselves on their sexual sophistication. After a crush on one of her boarding school teachers leads to heartbreak, Courtney beds a bisexual Hollywood actor and a dissolute European aristocrat living out of a New York hotel. Chocolates for Breakfast includes discussion of homosexuality, gender roles and sexual exploration that was, especially for the era, uncommon.
The character of Sondra in the book is closely based on the author’s mother, Isabel Moore, who was an editor at Photoplay magazine and counted Joan Crawford and Marylyn Monroe among her acquaintances. Under the pen name Elaine Dorian, Isabel Moore authored The Sex Cure, the notorious tell-all novel which caused her to be run out of Cooperstown N.Y.
Chocolates for Breakfast— Excerpt from Chapter One