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The Reinvention of Ivy Brown

2.79 of 5 stars 2.79  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The gripping first novel from the author of 'Too Many Mothers' is a story of love and betrayal in the freezing winter of London in 1963.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Atlantic (first published January 1st 2009)
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Maya Panika
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Laura Rittenhouse
This book bounces between 3 different women all obsessed with the same young man. One is a sister with a special love for him, one is a young girl falling in love for the first time and one is an older woman who loves him beyond all sense of proportion. The latter is Ivy Brown. The title is a bizarre choice as Ivy is only one of the 3 women impacted by this man and she probably reinvents herself less than the others, but I suppose the title isn't all that important.

I did find myself caring about
This was an ok read - I much preferred 'Too Many Mothers'.

Back Cover Blurb:
It is February 1963, and London is suffering the coldest winter anyone can remember. Ivy Brown, typist at the Wiseman Pulverizer Company, is about to turn thirty. As she sits, staring at the back of the typist in front of her and trying to avoid thinking about her impending birthday, two things lift her from her gloom: her brand new Beaver Lamb coat and thoughts of Arthur.
Arthur is the man on whom Ivy has pinned all her h
Rebecca Kent
Terrible. Book bounces between 3 women obsessed with the same man - not an issue in itself, but then some additional hops into the future in random places through out the book which adds nothing - other than confusion and disjointedness.

And the title of the book is ridiculous - spoiler alert - there is no reinvention of ivy brown. She's a twisted shit as a child and an adult. Pretty much every other character in the book goes through or has been through a reinvention - everyone EXCEPT ivy brown
Incoherent crap. Couldn't finish. Such a waste of the time period it was set in (1963).
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