Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House (March 14, 2017)
— Irish Book of the Year Finalist!
A whimsical, touching debut about loneliness, friendship and hope…
Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in — and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was “left by fairies.” Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she’s crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn’t a friend in the world.
So, she decides it’s time to change her life: She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope.
Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from.
And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian’s life begins to change.
Debut author Caitriona Lally offers readers an exhilaratingly fresh take on the Irish love for lyricism, humor, and inventive wordplay in a book that is, in itself, deeply charming, and deeply moving.
“This urban fairy tale delivers something that is both subtle and profound in its examination of the human soul. Magically delicious.”—Kirkus
“A whimsical jaunt through Dublin and a modern take on many old Irish folktakes…Humorous, charming, and original.”—Booklist
“Inventive, funny and, ultimately, moving.” — Claire Kilroy, The Guardian
“Full of action and humour as its beguiling narrator takes her surreal jaunts around the capital in search of a portal to another world…. The black comedy gives the book a jaunty quality that complements the dazzling trip around Dublin.” — Sarah Gilmartin, The Irish Times
“Delightfully quirky… Vivian’s voice alone is enough to keep us reading, charmed by her unique brand of manic, word-hoarding wit.” — The Irish Independent
“The book’s style calls to mind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Engaging and humorous.” — The Dublin Inquirer
“This is a strange, lyrical, fantastical, and slightly disturbing book that left me feeling a bit dizzy each time I would read a few chapters… a fresh take on wordplay and humor… Vivian is a sympathetic, and utterly unforgettable, character.” — Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library
CAITRIONA LALLY studied English Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She has had a colorful employment history, working as an abstract writer and a copywriter, as well as a home helper in New York and an English teacher in Japan. She has traveled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Caitriona was shortlisted for “Newcomer of the Year” in the Irish Book Awards in 2015.
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Caitriona Lally’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, March 14th: Chick Lit Central
Wednesday, March 15th: A Bookish Affair
Thursday, March 16th: Books ‘n Tea
Friday, March 17th: SJ2B House of Books
Monday, March 20th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, March 21st: 5 Minutes for Books
Thursday, March 23rd: Books and Bindings
Monday, March 27th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Tuesday, March 28th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, March 29th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, March 30th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Monday, April 3rd: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, April 4th: BookNAround
Thursday, April 6th: Just Commonly
Friday, April 14th: A Chick Who Reads