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'Man at the Helm' by Nina Stibbe: EW review

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Man at the Helm

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Nina Stibbe
publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B+

As kid narrators in adult books go, 9-year-old Lizzie Vogel is the right blend of naive and precocious. The middle of three children, she watches her once well-to-do English family fall to pieces when her father walks out—and ships mom and kids off to a country town. It’s 1970, but the new neighbors’ views of unmarried women run Victorian. Suffused with shame, Lizzie’s mother resorts to alcohol, pills, and—to Lizzie’s particular horror—playwriting. Lizzie’s scheme to find a suitable match for her sparkles with humor as British as mincemeat pie. B+

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