The Heroines 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 n

  • Title: The Heroines
  • Author: Eileen Favorite
  • ISBN: 9781416548102
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 MarieAlthough 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 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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    1. 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 complexity strips it of its fanciful "What if?" brilliance and plummets it back to earth. And so we have The Heroines, a novel built around one of the most wonderful ideas I've ever encountered--what if the heroines from famous novels needed a respite from the tragedies of their own storylines--and yet [...]

    2. Awesome idea. Terrible execution. It is just a mess. The writing is awful. I almost didn't make it through the first paragraph. It is much darker than I thought it would be, which is not bad in itself. The darkness didn't really do anything to me emotionally though. I didn't care about the characters at all. Also, the Heroines the novel is named after are underutilized. I thought it would be a story about what all the heroines got up to at the B&B, why they came, etc but it was more the narr [...]

    3. Stories about fictional characters interacting with the physical world are nothing new -- see Jasper Fforde's bestselling Thursday Next series or, on the silver screen, Enchanted. Still, the premise of this novel -- that literary heroines like Madame Bovary are able to visit our world via an isolated bed and breakfast in rural Illinois -- should delight all bibliophiles. But premise only gets you so far, and this book turns out to be more Helen Fielding than Gustave Flaubert. Though that's unfai [...]

    4. Audrey Niffenegger's review on the front of this book is very apropos."Quirky: adolescent angst meets metaphysics, screwball-comedy trysts with the underpinnings of reality. It's funny and tender; it's a chance to see Scarlett O'Hara and Emma Bovary off duty."This was a fun book to read - one of those read-it-in-one-day books.This book really gives you a little look at what it would be like if heroines from books suddenly appeared in your home.

    5. I am giving this book 2 stars mainly because the idea was so wonderful--a bed and breakfast where heroines of classic literature come for a respite from their plotlines--but the execution just left me kind of "meh". I think it tried to be too many things--a book about coming of age, a book about literature, a book about mothers and daughters---and not one of those themes really melded well with another. There was also a lot of odd lusting from the main character, Penny--a 13 year old girl who ha [...]

    6. meh Interesting concept but failed to meet it's potential.Kept me sane during snow-day 6 though, so an extra star for that.

    7. This book began with such promise. A lively adolescent girl growing up in her mother's bed and breakfast, which just happens to be a favorite destination of literary heroines escaped from their novels for a little R & R -- what a delightful premise! (Hmmm . . . a premise with promise.) BUT, for me, the story fell flat.When I try to analyze why it did so, I come to the conclusion that the author tried to write two different types of books at one time, and it just didn't work. When Penny (the [...]

    8. I lack the verbal skills to make you, the reader, fully comprehend the twitching heap of nerdy glee to which I was reduced by the sheer potential of this premise: rural bed and breakfast, in which dwells a female narrator steeped to the ears in puberty rage (and her mother), is visited periodically by heroines of classic literature, each on brief hiatus from the climax of her drama. If you, like me, squealed and opened an window upon reading that, if you have already begun to consider how to re [...]

    9. I loved the cover of this novel, so I guess it was predetermined that I would be disappointed by the book. That's what I get for picking out books based on covers

    10. It is 1974, and thirteen-year-old Penny is living with her mother in their small bed and breakfast in rural Illinois. Penny longs to read, but her mother has disallowed it and she can't understand why -- until the heroines from all sorts of famous works start magically coming to life and visiting the bed and breakfast. Their lives intersect with Penny's in unexpected ways, and through these intersections Penny must learn about what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a literary heroine, [...]

    11. A Christmas gift from Miss B.It's an odd book, the fantasy clash of literature famous heroines appearing in an everyday bed and breakfastt in the USA 70s. It has all the marks of the 70s, the pot, the psych and the drugs, Nixon and Watergate. It is literally a clash, which I found disconcerting, but I know that if that background wasn't there, there would be nothing, and the book would fall apart. I called Penny's parentage well before she knew it herself, found it odd how she kept referring to [...]

    12. This book has a much rawer style than my usual choices, but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it, reading the last two-thirds in one sitting. The plot barreled down a road I did not expect--a welcome surprise--and while the heroines of famed literature don't play nearly as big a part in the book as the awkward, painfully realistic adolescent narrator Penny and her down to earth mother, I forgave the author that decision when *******SPOILER******Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights appeared as a--surpri [...]

    13. If you are interested in this because love fiction/real life cross-over stories, such as the works of art written by Jasaper Fforde, do yourself a favor and skip this one. Penny's mother has had book heroines popping in and out of her life since she was a child. Now she runs a bed and breakfast outside Chicago, where Heroines often come to escape the woes of their stories. Dealing with the emotionally wrought heroines doesn't leave much time for Penny, who is thirteen and wants some of her mothe [...]

    14. What if your favorite heroines from literature made an appearance in real life? Would it be fun, hobnobbing with them or an utter nightmare?Being the inverse of the Thursday Next novels, Ms. Favorite adroitly brings the protagonists from some favorite old classics into the real world and shows how one woman and her curious daughter deals with them. These aren’t just heroines; these are heroines in need of rescue or at least a respite from the perils given to them by their authors. They cannot [...]

    15. I was really excited to read this book, but it contained too much 'angst-ridden teenage rebellion', sexuality, & drug use for me to really enjoy the story. The book couldn't make up its mind whether it was metafiction or mother-daughter drama. The heroines didn't play as big a role as I had hoped. How could someone as fiery as Scarlett O'Hara be relegated to one chapter? If you're looking for wonderful metafiction, try reading Jasper Fforde.

    16. The idea is rather interesting - a bed and breakfast for all those heroines in those really old novels. But in some ways, you want it to be a little more something.Favorite does an excellent job of nailing down the characters of her heroines, and the book is a rather intersting look at how we see fiction and fact. Just need a little more something.

    17. The idea for the book is GENIUS, but it didn't make me want to read it as I got into it. A fun read though, I'd recommend it.Plot line is a bunch of es from different stories come to live at this B&B -- Scarlett O'Hara, Madame Bovary, etc. Cute idea, wish she'd do a second book. :)

    18. Characters from books come to a home to get a rest from their story plot. While I like the idea of this book, there is a lot I don't like at all. A thirteen year old girl having thoughts about an older imaginary man who is trying to get his imaginary wife back, with the help of the thirteen year old girl. The standard modern curse word that authors believe should be used in books. The man is a king who can have any woman he wants since he is king. A real turnoff. A mother who puts the thirteen y [...]

    19. I liked this book. I didn't LOVE this book. I thought the premise was amazing. The execution was unexpected. It went in a very strange (in my opinion) direction, that I didn't quite like. I DID however enjoy the idea of getting to meet heroines of various books (the amazing premise). I think that would be a lot of fun. In short, read this book, but possibly be prepared to wonder what the author was thinking with one of the plot points. :\

    20. The idea is good, but it's not well developed - too fast, just a few Heroines and the fourth part is so strange there and told by the girl.

    21. (This one is going to contain spoilers. Sorry, but I have to talk about the ending with someone. Don't worry, I'll warn you when they are coming.) When I first read the blurb on this book, I thought it sounded great. Set in 1974, thirteen year old Penny lives with her mother in a bed & breakfast set in a picturesque setting in northern Illinois. But, it's not an ordinary B&B's a place where literary heroines go to escape their stories. Past guests have included women like Scarlet O'Hara, [...]

    22. Heroines starts off with an intriguing premise. Ann-Marie and her daughter, Penelope, maintain a boarding house in the 1970s (Forrest Gump anyone?) and from time to time Heroines from various novels/plays/stories will come and visit them. There is only one rule: you must never interfere with a Heroine's fate. Little Penelope is 13 and on the cusp of womanhood as a daring Hero (or Villain?) arrives chasing down his lost heroine. She is drawn by this dashing stranger and resents the heroines for m [...]

    23. The BookMeet Penny, a thirteen year old girl whose mother, Anne Marie owns a bed and breakfast, the Homestead. Penny is faced with the normal challenges of any teen girl, a less-than-ideal relationship with her mom, a strong desire to rebel against the expectations placed on her, oh and a deep resentment towards the never ending presence of unexpected Heroine. The likes of Daisy Buchanan, Franny Glass and Anna Karenina have crossed their threshold seeking out comfort and support at the point in [...]

    24. cute / clever idea, bringing the "heroines" of books to life in the middle of their crisis, mother and daughter get to know them personally and thru their stories, without interfering!

    25. recommended at the end of a Sookie Stackhouse recorded book sounded interestingPenny - age 13 and Anne-Marie - her mother live in her family home, somewhat secluded from town, near a woodsy area running a bed & breakfast and one where the heroines of stories come for various lengths of time for rest - Hester, Scarlet, Madame Bevary, Catherine, Rupunzel, etcHer mother lives by a fairly strict rule of non-interference ey come to the inn at a crisis point in their story, and Anne-Marie simply c [...]

    26. When I read the inside blurb to this book, I couldn’t wait to tear into and read it. The story is set in 1974 in a small town in Illinois . A single mother runs and lives in a Bed and Breakfast with her daughter, Penny, and a quirky housekeeper, Gretta. The story is told from the point of view of Penny who is thirteen for the main part of the story but the story does jump back in her life for back story.What makes this B&B unique is the times that heroines from classic fiction books and fo [...]

    27. Penelope Entwhistle è un’adolescente dirompente. Capelli ramati, elettrici ed eccentrici come la sua personalità. Penny è bizzarra come la propria apparenza, un personaggio dei fumetti dall’ironico piglio deciso, frettolosa e riflessiva allo stesso tempo. Penny è l’Io narrante di un romanzo, che pare acerbo e ingenuo, quasi affrettato, non perfettamente consapevole di essere fondato su basi potenzialmente pretenziose. Una narrazione che scorre leggera, frizzante ma che tocca temi impor [...]

    28. This book was interesting. Not exactly what I expected, but not bad either. I listened to this as an audio book, so my experience may differ from other reviewers'.This is the story of a girl, Penny, who lives in a bed and breakfast with her mother, Anne-Marie. Heroines from famous and not so famous books frequent their B&B almost as often as paying customers. Penny, as an early adolescent, has grown tired of her mother giving more attention to the whiny heroines than herself, and becomes a b [...]

    29. Little House on the Wide Sargasso PrairieThirteen-year-old Penny Entwhistle, in Eileen Favorite’s new novel The Heroines, is growing up in the 1970s American Midwest on a steady diet of Watergate coverage and over-the-top dramatic heroines, from Scarlett O’Hara to Blanche du Bois. For those of us who grew up in similar places and times with similar reading lists, Penny is a familiar figure. One difference: for Penny, the fictional heroines come to weepy, irreverent life and set up residence [...]

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