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The Book Of Polly

The Book Of Polly

Willow is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman with a sharp tongue who lives to shoot varmints, and drink margaritas; and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young mothers ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780399562105
Barcode 9780399562105
Published 15 March 2018 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Hepinstall, Kathy
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ISBN-13 9780399562105
ISBN-10 0399562109
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Putnam Inc
Publication Date 15 March 2018
International Publication Date 27 February 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hepinstall, Kathy
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 197mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 904418

Description of this Book

Willow is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman with a sharp tongue who lives to shoot varmints, and drink margaritas; and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young mothers of their small Texas town. She was in her late 50s when Willow was born, has already had two children who are grown and gone, leaving Willow hungry for clues about the family life that preceded her. A bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family, featuring two unforgettable characters.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Delightful. . . funny and poignant. --People Hepinstall's Southern coming-of-age novel. . . [is] full of laughter and warmth and sadness. This is a warm and fresh tale. -Publishers Weekly The Book of Polly has heart and humor, revenge, forgiveness, redemption and a larger than life cast of pitch-perfect characters who bring to mind such Southern literary standard-bearers as Lee Smith and Fannie Flagg. Get ready to fall in love. --Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders I am wildly in love with The Book of Polly. Hepinstall's characters are so deeply drawn I could almost hear them breathing, and she has a gift for laying the hearts of even minor players open in a single sentence. This is a purely wonderful book about growing up, about growing old, about never going gently into any kind of night. I want everyone I ever met to read it. -Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Opposite of Everyone Wonderfully funny, sneaky and involving, the characters in this story are unpredictable and outrageous. If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. Delicious. --Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama Hilarious and heartfelt, I wanted to wrap my arms round this book and hug it--I loved every page. --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet With a drink in one hand, a shotgun in the other, the inimitable Polly Havens can steer a raft through a swamp and decimate squirrels in her garden with ruthless aplomb, with time left over for all-out war with her youngest child. A hilarious, page-turning battle royale between mother and daughter--where the weapon of choice is love. -Wilton Barnhardt, author of Lookaway, Lookaway The Book of Polly is rich with the best kind of humor: quick, smart wit that strikes a perfect balance between wistfully inquisitive Willow and her mother, the one and only, Polly. --Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Kathy Hepinstall grew up in Spring, Texas, near the Louisiana border. Polly is based, in part, on Kathy's own mother, who has as wicked a tongue as her fictional counterpart. Kathy now lives in Portland, Oregon. From the Hardcover edition.

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