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Pirate Jenny

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"Life sucks, but you can still get a good deal if you're sharp". On this motto hangs the saga of a heroine who makes herself up as she goes along, never looking back. A closely observed and intricate comedy of class relations, here is a novel of suspense and adventure on the stormy seas of New York--a book as smart, dangerous, and winning as the femme fatale at its heart.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published August 22nd 1990 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1980)
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J.M. Hushour
Aug 08, 2016 J.M. Hushour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rare champion-allotment. I give this four stars instead of three because April Bernard is one of my favorite poets and I want to make her genius known. However, this, her first novel, is of middling quality which no one can fault her for--it is her first novel.
I went back and forth on this one. For its time, 1990, it probably seemed a lot less tropey and trite than it does now. I guess. I'm not exactly sure. Rarely do I sympathy rate, rarely do I wish I knew someone else who'd read this who
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Vivacia Ahwen
Nov 09, 2015 Vivacia Ahwen rated it really liked it
*Pirate Jenny* was one of the first "grown-up" books I ever read; perhaps because of the title (?) it was mis-shelved at the Lithgow Library...in the YA section. I was around thirteen or so, and had no idea that I was reading the bare bones of a domesticated/nanny-fied/no action-hero "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Just made it sound very boring, but I sort of wanted to be Pirate Jenny, even though she pretty much was a naughty nanny with a fake German accent and crazy father. (Also, maroon hair ...more
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April Bernard is the author of three poetry collections and a novel. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the Boston Review, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.
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