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Man at the Helm: A Novel - Nina Stibbe
Man at the Helm: A Novel
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Born into a posh family, ten-year old Lizzie Vogel has lived a charmed life thus far, with a big sister who knows everything, a cute baby brother, and a full-time housekeeper who bakes jam tarts. But when, in 1970, Lizzie's father abandons her mother and packs his ex-family off to the tiny... show more
Born into a posh family, ten-year old Lizzie Vogel has lived a charmed life thus far, with a big sister who knows everything, a cute baby brother, and a full-time housekeeper who bakes jam tarts. But when, in 1970, Lizzie's father abandons her mother and packs his ex-family off to the tiny village of Flatstone, life for the Vogels veers catastrophically off-course. The new neighbors disapprove of divorcees and fatherless children, and Lizzie's theatrical mother provides constant grist for the gossip mill, letting the laundry pile up like Mount Sinai and spending her days drinking whiskey, popping pills and writing plays about how sad she is. Before long the family is shunned by village society. Deciding that only a "man at the helm" will restore order to their household, Lizzie and her sister take it upon themselves to secure a new husband for their mother. As the two girls make their way down a list of candidates that includes a charming con-artist, an idiotic vicar, and several married men, Lizzie confronts the downright craziness of grown-up love and learns that sometimes a family needs to veer catastrophically off-course in order to find true happiness.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316286671 (0316286672)
ASIN: 0316286672
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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4.0 Nina Stibbe, Man at the Helm
Very funny about the everyday travails of a family thrown off kilter by divorce, and every time I started to think "this is pretty thin and the humor is starting to pall" there'd be a really astute observation. I haven't read Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle recently enough to say if the compari...
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