A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in--and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she'd been "left by fairies". Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she's crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn't a friend in the world. So, she decides its time to change her life: she begins by advertising in the newspaper for a friend. Not just any friend, she wants one named Penelope. Then one day someone named Penelope answers her....
Publisher: New York : Melville House, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781612195988
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 18, 2018

I started off enjoying the book, but mid-way found that the book lacked forward progress. It became repetitive and lackluster and I found it hard to slog through it. An interesting premise and a few very enjoyable lines/observations.

Apr 16, 2017

The orphan Vivian, living in Dublin, believing herself to be a changeling, traverses Dublin as a modern day Leopold Bloom searching for a portal to send her home to the fairies. It is not a fairy tale and is not long on plot. Lally's use of, exploration of and description of language is at the heart of the book as well as her kooky character Vivian. It was and IrishTimes book of the month club to rave reviews.


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