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ISBN: 0091921147
Author: Eileen Favorite
Language: English
Publisher: Hutchinson; Airport / Ireland / Export e. edition (2008)
Pages: 400
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 955
Size Fb2: 1679 kb
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Ending was a little predictable.

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. Ending was a little predictable.

Narrated by the courageous and irreverent Penny, "The Heroines" will make book lovers rejoice.

I can easily imagine the scene est of the White House tapes . .

I can easily imagine the scene est of the White House tapes (which would incriminate him beyond doubt). For five days, while the nation awaited the vote, Deirdre had been crying over the death of Noisiu, a name Mother made Deirdre repeat several times: Noy-shue. We’d assumed that Irish people gave their kids Celtic names, just as Fawn, Summer, Sage, and Chastity had become popular in the late sixties here.

Narrated by the courageous and irreverent Penny, The Heroines will make book lovers rejoice. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her short story "Gangway: The Space Between Two Houses.

She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for prose and poetry.

Up in the dusty attic of Prairie Bluff Homestead, Anne-Marie keeps all of her beloved books locked safely away. For her treasured novels - and the tragic heroines who make them so irresistible - have a way of hitting too close to home. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for prose and poetry. Her poetry and essays have aired on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.

Comments:

riki
I love this book -- bummed it's not AR though. Brings life to otherwise boring classics. I read this in middle school before reading Wuthering Heights in high school and it's the only reason I read Wuthering Heights. I hate WH but this book's pre-exposure to the characters really helped me understand it's twistedness
Amis
This was an interesting and creative concept of literary figures visiting the Homestead. Sometimes I am just too analytical ( based on degree) and felt like this might be a shared psychosis, the daughter sharing her Mother's. ( Shared psychosis is a real ex). Anyway I did enjoy the book. The literary characters could have been more developed .
Zepavitta
(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...it's a place where literary heroines go to escape their stories. Past guests have included women like Scarlet O'Hara, Ophelia, Catherine Linton, Madame Bovery, etc. Penny, entering the full throes of puberty, resents the heroines for monopolizing her mother's care and attention. She and her mother fight over how to treat the heroines...Penny wants to warn them of the dangers that lie ahead of them when they return to their stories, while her mother is too afraid to alter the course of the stories and insists on keeping the heroines in the dark. When a Celtic Villain shows up to claim his heroine, he becomes Penny's Hero, leaving the reader to wonder, is Penny a Heroine herself?

For literature lovers like me, this seems like a really fun read. Unfortunately, it was just okay. Not too far into the book, Penny's mother commits her to an insane asylum, knowing full well there is nothing wrong with Penny, but wanting to keep her away from the Celtic King roaming their woods. To me, that seemed cruel, implausible and unnecessarily extreme. (Although the way Penny gets out of the looney bin is one of my favorite scenes in the book...)

I also didn't get the periodic references to Nixon and Watergate throughout the story. I felt like it must have been a metaphor for something going on in Penny's life, but I never was able to make the connection. Same with the character of Greta. I felt like her back-story didn't meet my expectations. I kept waiting for it to come out that she was a literary character as well, but it never happened.

I was equally disappointed by the story of Penny's real father. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON"T WANT TO KNOW THE END!!!!!!

Heathcliff? Really? Out of all of the heroes in the history of Literature and the mom had to hook up with Heathcliff? I couldn't stand either Heathcliff or Catherine from Wuthering Heights. Both were selfish and mean and completely unsympathetic. Never understood the appeal. I mean, why couldn't have been Mr. Darcy or Rhett Butler or Hamlet? Even Holden Caulfield would have been a better choice. And the scene where the hook up takes place is so rough and unromantic. It left me thinking, "Ewwww...."

Overall, I give The Heroines...

Plot - 2 1/2 bookmarks
Character Development - 3 bookmarks
Literary References - 3 1/2 bookmarks (the best part of the story)

Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Britt McKillip (Penny), Sean Bean (Celtic Villan), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Albie), Anna Kendrick (Deirdre), Julie Benson (Franny Glass)
Authis
I only ask because I couldn't really find one. As others have mentioned the literary heroines only make brief appearances and then it is only to highlight the angst of the narrator.

Honestly, the book wasn't bad, it was just messy. The ending was wrapped up way to quickly, though I do think the book 'ended.' The heroines all made dramatic appearances, but then sort of fizzled out.

The book wasn't long, only 230 pages, I would rather have seen a book even twice that long with some serious meat to it, and more defined storylines than this book. I just feel like it was only half written.
Wnex
I was disappointed.....this book was more about teenage love than the heroines. Such possibilities squandered! I expected more from this book.
Jorius
Loved it! I want a sequel. Or five! The concept of literary Heroines dealing with "real life" was intriguing, and I enjoyed the reality of what would happen if someone tried to explain them to the public. I also like the fact that the author didn't try to metaphysically explain how the characters materialized, how they returned, or if their experiences altered the story lines. It's a fun, intelligent read!
Laitchai
This was such a fun read. I enjoyed the plot line. Heroines from some of my favorite classics made an appearance. Ending was a little predictable.
Chose it as a prospective book club choice. Can't wait to see the movie! This should be a must for teen readers.

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