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Penelope's Way

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Penelope is on a special mission in her 70th year -- to achieve serenity and work out the meaning of life. As she hikes the hills near her west coast home, she also negotiates the hills and valleys of her life past and present. Penelope's Way is a lively, witty, thought-provoking novel, resonating with the intellectual power and emotional depth only a mature novelist can c ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published by Coteau Books (first published April 9th 2013)
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Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Penelope Stevens is trying to puzzle out the meaning of her life in various ways. She talks with her oldest friends over coffees and potluck dinners, she takes a community college course called "Science for Seniors", she muses and reflects on all the elements of her past to draw out their significance. Her consideration of issues knows no bounds: her mind ranges from biology to social influences on gender, from societal violence to the love of husband, children and illicit lovers. Chance, random ...more
Alison Thompson
I really enjoyed this book and wish Penelope was real so I could meet her.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. If you like Coccoon with a healthy doze of Ali Barbar and the 70 flying mattresses then this is for you. There was something there, it was just hidden very well. Not for me.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Strongly disliked everything about this book and did not finish it. So far, it is the first and only book that I've read for my book club that I haven't finished. ...more
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