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Lulu Incognito

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"There was, after all, the mystery of Lulu. It was not a question of what she had done, or even what happened to her, but of who she was. She was so little known."

And yet the girl named Lulu Peloquin, who works behind a candy counter at F. W. Woolworth. stands out in her very desire to avoid the attention of others. First she is noticed by Agnes Rohan, the druggist's daugh
Paperback, 305 pages
Published February 12th 1988 by Vintage (first published 1988)
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Feb 29, 2012 Myles rated it really liked it
Who is Lulu Peloquin? The reader can't ever be sure, because Lulu never lets herself know the answer.

This shy, deliberately unassuming girl was fascinating to me, not so much because of that deliberate enigma, but because of the paralells I saw between myself and her. Or, rather, how I used to be, or could have been. Lulu is a creature of habit, content to work the same job she's held since high school, keeping few friends, and those few of the type who wouldn't expect too much from her or attr
Dec 12, 2013 Judith rated it it was amazing
Wow. The joy of finding a new voice, of finding a novel that captivates and holds me, causing me to lose sleep, literally. Especially terrific is that I had never heard of this author or this book before grabbing it from the pile at the Goodwill Outlet.

Lulu is an inconspicuous 21-year-old wallflower who works in a dime store in the 1950s. She lives with her mother, prays perhaps excessively, dresses drably, rarely wears makeup or does anything with her hair. She sometimes has lunch at the lunch
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A strange, well-written thing.
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“In her more lucid moments, she knew that half her life had been sacrificed to safeguard her secret heart, to appease that unreasonable, mortal dread she suffered of being suddenly revealed to others in a nakedness of spirit that terrified her more than the concept of God's own retribution itself.” 9 likes
“That was the irony of Lulu's days; that she who lived in a torment of concealment had never known a moment when she did not feel the eyes of conscience upon her.” 1 likes
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