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The Book of Phoebe

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Saucy, brash, irreverent-The Book Of Phoebe is an extraordinary novel about a young woman's six-month sojourn in Paris, where she has a baby, falls madly in love and discovers a great deal about the capacities of the human heart.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by (first published 1985)
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Jun 02, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dated-but-good
First, I have never read a book by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, who was recently at a writing workshop. I was surprised that the title of the book is The Book of Phoebe(My daughter's name is Phoebe and so I had to read it.) Second, remember that this was published in 1985 when everything was very different from today. The main character, Phoebe Desmond, is a gifted woman, a senior at Yale. She discovered that she is pregnant, and has no desire to keep the baby after its birth. Instead, Phoebe makes ar ...more
Nov 27, 2015 junajuna rated it liked it
This book definitely feels like a short story needlessly drawn out into a novel. There's a plot that presents as the main plot at first, but actually becomes a frame and mechanism to reveal this more important plot, revealed through Phoebe's journal. There are lots of Catcher in the Rye comparisons, both in call outs on the cover in in the text itself. As an author, that's a tall order to set for yourself, but I think the main problem is that the unreliability of the narrator is executed poorly. ...more
Dec 20, 2007 Dena rated it really liked it
This book was urged on my by my high school English teacher: "It's about Holden Caulfield's sister," he said. And so it was. You hate her and you love her, she insufferable and's like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Dud Avocado with a sort of St. Regis bar twist. Lovely.
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Oct 16, 2011 Pamela Pickering rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book. It started out fairly decently--easy to read and quick to get into the story. But, suddenly the author took a really odd tactic and inserted the main character's childhood creative writing assignment into the book. I read through it and past it. For the life of me I still couldn't figure out why. Perhaps if I decided to stay with it for some more pages I might have discovered the reason but the character's caustic tone and just general "unlikeability" wasn't enoug ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hated the main character, from the first word to the last. She's supposed to be this Yale genius, yet she makes the dumbest life choices and views the world in a haughty, ignorant fashion. She doesn't even seem to learn anything from anything that happens to her, and then she just goes back to "normal" life after her escapades. I would've much rather seen her fall from her pedestal, learn from her mistakes, and become learn how to be a decent human being who can exist peacefully with the world ...more
Sep 06, 2007 Jillian rated it liked it
In high school we went to this women's studies event, and they had several female authors there and they talked about their books and such. I met Mary-Anne Tyrone Smith at the event. However it wasn't until much later that I read the book, but i thought it was a good read.
Missy  Miller
Sep 28, 2009 Missy Miller rated it really liked it
This book was pretty terrific! Witty, clever, bizarre and the female character is a strong feminist voice. I never would have read this brilliant book because I don't know if I ever would have heard of it but my manager lent it to me. She's got terrific taste!
Lynda Rodriguez
Jul 25, 2012 Lynda Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Just a damn good book. I read Tirone Smith's autobiography and liked it so much I reserved this book with the library. Really, really good.
May 10, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
A quick beach read - I loved her writing and the way the author depicts coping mechanisms. Left me wanting more. Sad and beautiful.
Aimee Bowyer
Sep 30, 2012 Aimee Bowyer rated it it was amazing
I've read this more times than I can count. I'm on my second copy of it and I will one day get to go to Paris.
Barbara Boccaccio
Jun 15, 2012 Barbara Boccaccio rated it really liked it
This was a quick and delightful read. Better at the beginning than the end but worth it!
Jun 26, 2013 Petra rated it it was ok
lost interest
Dec 20, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
ok one day read
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Mary-Ann Tirone Smith is the author of eight novels. She has lived all her life in Connecticut, except for two years when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.
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