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The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam
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Jul 03, 11

Read from June 30 to July 03, 2011

Eliza Peabody, the main character, is a lonely, middle-aged, upper-middle class woman in London. She tells us about her neighbors and about herself solely through letters written to her neighbor Joan, who never answers the letters. Eliza's stories are fanciful and hard to believe, but insightful about those she writes about and even more insightful about herself. I had a hard time with the first 50 pages or so, as her letters recounted people and events that were ludicrous and impossible to believe. But then it became entertaining to determine what parts were true and what parts were imagined by an increasingly unbalanced, but always intelligent and witty, Eliza.
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