This otherwise ordinary boarding house has become the favoured refuge of the great women of literature, ...more
But premise only gets you so far, and this book turns out to be more Helen Fielding than Gustave Flaubert. Though that's unfai ...more
"Quirky: adolescent angst meets metaphysics, screwball-comedy trysts with the underpinnings of reality. It's funny and tender; it's a chance to see Scarlett O'Hara and Emma Bovary off duty."
This was a fun book to read - one of those read-it-in-one-day books.
This book really gives you a little look at what it would be like if heroines from books suddenly appeared in your home.
When I try to analyze why it did so, I come to the conclusion that the author tried to write two different types of books at one time, and it just didn't work. When Penny (the ...more
Penny's mother has had book heroines popping in and out of her life since she was a child. Now she runs a bed and breakfast outside Chicago, where Heroines often come to escape the woes of their stories. Dealing with the emotionally wrought heroines doesn't leave much time for Penny, who is thirteen and wants some of her mothe ...more
If you, like me, squealed and opened an Amazon.com window upon reading that, if you have already begun to consider ...more
Being the inverse of the Thursday Next novels, Ms. Favorite adroitly brings the protagonists from some favorite old classics into the real world and shows how one woman and her curious daughter deals with them. These aren’t just heroines; these are heroines in need of rescue or at least a respite from the perils given to them by their authors. They cannot be ...more
When I first read the blurb on this book, I thought it sounded great. Set in 1974, thirteen year old Penny lives with her mother in a bed & breakfast set in a picturesque setting in northern Illinois. But, it's not an ordinary B&B...it's a place where literary heroines go to escape their stories. Past guests have included women like Scarlet O' ...more
Favorite does an excellent job of nailing down the characters of her heroines, and the book is a rather intersting look at how we see fiction and fact. Just need a little more something.
I was disappointed in this book. it was not hard to read through, I thought the plot would be a little more exciting and maybe even a bit humorous. The concept sounded so awesome--fictional heroines come to life--but it did not live up to its potential or my expectations.it sounded interesting, but didn't deliver. The story is told by a young teenage girl who's mom runs a bed and breakfast in Illinois. The thing is, many of the guests are women from classic stories. Madame Bovary, Scar ...more
Thirteen-year-old Penny Entwhistle, in Eileen Favorite’s new novel The Heroines, is growing up in the 1970s American Midwest on a steady diet of Watergate coverage and over-the-top dramatic heroines, from Scarlett O’Hara to Blanche du Bois. For those of us who grew up in similar places and times with similar reading lists, Penny is a familiar figure. One difference: for Penny, the fictional heroines come to weepy, irreverent life and set up residence at h ...more
What makes this B&B unique is the times that heroines from classic fiction books and folk ...more
The realistic events seem contrived and stiff. For instance, Penny's visit to the hospital for a pelvic exam ordered by the poli ...more
Penny è l’Io narrante di un romanzo, che pare acerbo e ingenuo, quasi affrettato, non perfettamente consapevole di essere fondato su basi potenzialmente pretenziose.
Una narrazione che scorre leggera, frizzante ma che tocca temi importanti, com ...more
This is the story of a girl, Penny, who lives in a bed and breakfast with her mother, Anne-Marie. Heroines from famous and not so famous books frequent their B&B almost as often as paying customers. Penny, as an early adolescent, has grown tired of her mother giving more attention to the whiny heroines than herself, and becomes a b ...more
I liked the idea of pursuing well-known classic characters like Scarlett O’Hara and Heathcliff by taking them out of context – it provides an interesting meta writing quality to the novel. However, the plot of this novel was all over the place. I especially disliked the ps ...more
Penny is forbidden to enter the woods behind the house, and she assumes that it's just because of the danger of getting lost or meeting wild animals.
But when Penny runs out of the house, upset because Ann Marie has given her room to a guest whose sobbing disturbs the other guests she learns otherwise.
Deirdre is only the latest Heroine to monopolize Anne Marie's attention, and the ad ...more
Se Anna Karenina vi chiedesse la marmellata riuscireste a non suggerirle di tenersi lontana dai binari?
Anne-Marie e Penny, madre e figlia, sono le proprietarie di un bed&breakfast davvero singolare. Perché le ospiti più frequenti sono le eroine in temporanea fuga dalle loro tormentatissime storie e per Penny, quindicenne, non è sempre facile rispet...more