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Penelope Wallace has just come of age in 1950s England. We’ll watch her in a year when she casts aside caution and accepts an invitation to tea from complete stranger Charlotte at her Aunt Clare’s. From the enigmatic Harry to the worldly Rocky Dakota, from her too-young-to-be-a-widow mother and the crumbling stately home, from the obsession with a singer named Johnnie Ray to her brother’s new love of grittier rocker Elvis, Rice’s debut just draws you into its story of secrets and makes you laugh at Penelope’s triumphs and tribulations in the search for the love of her life. No wonder it’s been a great favorite. I was reminded a lot of a recent favorite: Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility.
posted Jun 22, 2012 at 2:18PM
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Lives with her younger brother and widowed mother in a drafty, rundown estate; family is under financial pressures; becomes friends with Charlotte; fan of American singer Johnnie Ray; begins a journey of parties and romances; wants to fall in love.
Outspoken; posh; friends with Penelope; brings Penelope ino the society of grand parties; also has a passion for Johnnie Ray.
Charlotte's cousin; determined to make his former girfriend jealous by using Penelope; aspiring magician.