Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Heroines, by Eileen Favorite

At first glance, this book is simple-but-entertaining chick lit about a 13-year-old girl living in a bed-and-breakfast that occasionally hosts women literary characters fleeing their storylines at critical moments (e.g., Catherine Earnshaw, Scarlett O'Hara). But as you move into the novel, which takes place in the early 1970s, it hits deeper issues: Watergate, mental health care, young women and sexuality, single parents, and the line between fantasy and reality). Readers will enjoy the ride as they visit with Penny, her mother, and the others in her unique world as she attempts to not only get a misplaced hero back into his storyline but also deal with difficulties in her own tale. --Inanna

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