The Heroines: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 3, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Although a true lover of books, Anne-Marie Entwhistle prefers not to read to her spirited daughter, Penny, especially from the likes of Madame Bovary, Gone With the Wind, or The Scarlet Letter. These novels, devoted to the lives of the Heroines that make them so irresistible, have a way of hitting too close to home -- well, to the Homestead actually, where Anne-Marie runs the quaint family-owned bed and breakfast.

In this enchanting debut novel, Penny and her mother encounter great women from classic works of literature who make the Homestead their destination of choice just as the plots of their tumultuous, unforgettable stories begin to unravel. They appear at all hours of the day and in all manners of distress. A lovesick Madame Bovary languishes in their hammock after Rodolphe has abandoned her, and Scarlett O'Hara's emotions are not easily tempered by tea and eiderdowns. These visitors long for comfort, consolation, and sometimes for more attention than the adolescent Penny wants her mother to give.

Knowing that to interfere with their stories would cause mayhem in literature, Anne-Marie does her best to make each Heroine feel at home, with a roof over her head and a shoulder to cry on. But when Penny begins to feel overshadowed by her mother's indulgence of each and every Heroine, havoc ensues, and the thirteen-year-old embarks on her own memorable tale.

Eileen Favorite's lively, fresh, and enormously entertaining novel gives readers a chance to experience their favorite Heroines all over again, or introduces these fictional women so beguilingly that further acquaintance will surely follow. Narrated by the courageous and irreverent Penny, The Heroines will make book lovers rejoice.
 

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User Review  - snat - LibraryThing

Sometimes a clever conceit should remain just that--a conceit. Because no matter how you try to develop it, it will never be as as wonderful as the idea itself. Trying to build upon it and give it ... Read full review

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I was so disappointed with this book the second half that I almost wanted to rate it lower, but overall, I found it fine, so tried to be fair and rate it thus!The premise of the heroines at the b&b ... Read full review

Contents

chapter
3
Back to the present action in the woods Escape
15
chapter 5
22
chapter 6
28
chapter 7
35
chapter 9
52
chapter 11
72
chapter 12
85
chapter 19
142
chapter 20
148
chapter 21
155
worry and wait
164
chapter 23
171
chapter 25
181
chapter 26
188
CHAPTER 29
207

chapter 13
95
chapter 14
112
chapter 16
126
chapter 17
132
CHAPTER 30
219
Epilogue
227
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About the author (2009)

Eileen Favorite teaches at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, where she received her MFA in writing in 1999. She was nominated
for a Pushcart Prize for her short story "Gangway: The Space Between Two
Houses." Her poetry and prose have appeared in literary magazines and her
essays and poems have aired on Chicago Public Radio. She lives in Chicago
with her husband and daughter.

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