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How It All Began review - Penelope Lively

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CRISS CROSSED Lively turns an unfortunate event into a lighthearted tale

How It All Began

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Penelope Lively
publisher:
Viking
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Lives intersect in unexpected and comical ways in this breezy, engrossing novel. When 77-year-old Charlotte Rainsford is mugged on a London street, her misfortune sets off a ripple effect of consequences for both loved ones and strangers. Lively infuses her motley cast of characters with a blend of pathos and sharp satire, and though How It All Began is light fare, this deftly paced novel remains compulsively readable throughout. B+