How It All Began: A Novel

How It All Began: A Novel Author Penelope Lively
ISBN-10 9780143122647
ISBN-13 9780143122647
Year 2012-11-27
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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A vibrant new novel from Penelope Livelya wry wise story about the surprising ways lives intersectLook out for Penelope Livelys new book The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories When Charlotte Rainsford a retired schoolteacher is accosted by a petty thief on a London street the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true an old guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill conceived idea for a TV miniseries and a middle aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends Through a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people s lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature How It All Began is an engaging contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers A writer of rare wisdom elegance and humor Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful work

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