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Book - 2017 | First edition
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Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in - and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was "left by fairies." Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she's crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn't a friend in the world. So, she decides it's time to change her life: She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope. Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from. And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian's life begins to change.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781612195971 (hardcover)
1612195970 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC LALLY
Characteristics: 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Egg shells


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Quirky Viv spends her days wandering Dublin, searching for a new friend who must be named Penelope (to answer the question, "Why don't you rhyme with antelope?") and pondering questions of language and belonging.

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Nov 18, 2018

I started off enjoying the book, but mid-way found that the book lacked forward progress. It became repetitive and lackluster and I found it hard to slog through it. An interesting premise and a few very enjoyable lines/observations.

Apr 16, 2017

The orphan Vivian, living in Dublin, believing herself to be a changeling, traverses Dublin as a modern day Leopold Bloom searching for a portal to send her home to the fairies. It is not a fairy tale and is not long on plot. Lally's use of, exploration of and description of language is at the heart of the book as well as her kooky character Vivian. It was and IrishTimes book of the month club to rave reviews.


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