Flora Dempsey is the headstrong only child of Lewis Dempsey, a college professor and world famous critic. When Lewis passes away, Flora returns to her New England hometown to act as his literary executor. There, she finds herself responsible for a manuscript that he was secretly writing at the end of his life—love poems to a girlfriend Flora didn't know he had. As Flora is besieged by well-wishers and literary vultures alike, she tries to figure out how to navigate it all: the fate of the poems, the girlfriend who wants a place in her life, the wounds left by her parents' divorce, and her uncertain future.
Brimming with energy, humor, and the elbow-patchy wisdom of Flora's still-vivid father, this enchanting debutis the uplifting story of a young woman striving to become the “perfect reader” of her father's life, as well as her own.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - booksinthebelfrey - LibraryThing
This first novel kind of sputters into life about halfway through, only to peter out again disappointingly at the end. The main character is prickly and hard to get a handle on, but overall I would ... Read full review
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Fathers, daughters and poetry are ruefully, wittily combined in an introspective literary debut.The soul-searching of a willful daddy's girl who has just lost her father forms the core of Pouncey's ... Read full review
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