The Heroines

The Heroines

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Although a true lover of books, Anne-Marie Entwhistle prefers not to read to her spirited daughter, Penny, especially from the likes ofMadame Bovary,Gone With the Wind, orThe Scarlet Letter. These novels, devoted to the lives of the Heroines that make them so irresistible, have a way of hitting too close to home -- well, to the Homestead actually, where Anne-Marie runs the quaint family-owned bed and breakfast.In this enchanting debut novel, Penny and her mother encounter great women from classic works of literature who make the Homestead their destination of choice just as the plots of their tumultuous, unforgettable stories begin to unravel. They appear at all hours of the day and in all manners of distress. A lovesick Madame Bovary languishes in their hammock after Rodolphe has abandoned her, and Scarlett O'Hara's emotions are not easily tempered by tea and eiderdowns. These visitors long for comfort, consolation, and sometimes for more attention than the adolescent Penny wants her mother to give.Knowing that to interfere with their stories would cause mayhem in literature, Anne-Marie does her best to make each Heroine feel at home, with a roof over her head and a shoulder to cry on. But when Penny begins to feel overshadowed by her mother's indulgence of each and every Heroine, havoc ensues, and the thirteen-year-old embarks on her own memorable tale.Eileen Favorite's lively, fresh, and enormously entertaining novel gives readers a chance to experience their favorite Heroines all over again, or introduces these fictional women so beguilingly that further acquaintance will surely follow. Narrated by the courageous and irreverent Penny,The Heroineswill make book lovers rejoice.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2008
ISBN: 9781416548102
1416548106
Branch Call Number: FIC FAV
Characteristics: xiv, 233 p. ; 24 cm

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KCWeimer
Jun 21, 2016

The premise held great potential. The author did not deliver. Quite disappointing.

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ClaireM_W
Jul 21, 2012

Well written, a page turner, and actually of the 'Young Adult' genre, but don't tell anyone lest we discourage sales.

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DavidB
May 13, 2009

This incredible book illustrates the strength and relevance of the female characters from classic fiction. Women have generally been regarded as "secondary" characters through out history; figuratively and literally as well as literarily.

After reading this book I thought about those women charcters from less progressive times and thought of them in a whole new light. This book has inspired me read a dozen other books so I can met these heroines for myself.

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gailygirl
Apr 28, 2009

This is a little jewel of a book. A very easy, but quirky and interesting read. Quite imaginative. I've recommended this to several people with good resuts.

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DavidB
May 15, 2009

We rarely had guests at the Homestead during the winter break. I had talked my mom into paying me two dollars an hour to sit at the front desk (I was saving for new bedroom decorations), and I always enjoyed listening to the top songs of the year on WLS while reviewing the guest registry. Visits from Heroines in 1973 had been a little slim. March had brought Daisy Buchanan (a real pain): in August Ophelia had arrived. The clock ticked, and I was so bored I alomost wished another Heroine would waltz through the door. As if I had some gift of conjuring (which I didn't), the door banged open and a woman staggered into the foyer. Her black hair was wild, her face as white as the snowy birch trees outside. She had mauve circles beneath her eyes, but one glimpse at their jade colour and her tiny waist told me instantly who she was, though she wasn't quite as beautiful as Vivien Leigh. She reached a shaky hand to the desk for support, then collapsed on the cold tile with a sickening thud.

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