Pinkertons Sisterby Peter Rushforth
Though her neighbors in turn-of-the-century New York consider her a madwoman in the attic, Alice Pinkerton’s mind is razor-sharp, honed by a restless imagination, years of reading, and a profound contempt for her surroundings. Like her namesake in 'Through the Looking-Glass', Alice has a mirror through which to enter a different world, only for her the mirror is literature. Heart-breakingly funny and fiercely intelligent, 'Pinkerton’s Sister' is an extraordinary work of imagination about imagination, a celebration of the power of fiction and its ultimate redeeming quality.
"Rushforth's second novel is set in Edwardian New York and takes place on a single day, largely in the avid mind of its heroine, Alice Pinkerton. Something of a cross between Harriet the Spy and Jane Eyre, she passes her days devising ways to expose 'the humorless of Longfellow Park.' An epic inquiry into literature's role as an engine of interior life."-THE NEW YORKER
"Pinkerton's Sister is a very fine novel, at once sprawling and intimate, and blessed with long gorgeous passages worthy of Henry James."-THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
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PETER RUSHFORTH is the author of Kindergarten. A former schoolteacher, he lives in North Yorkshire, England.
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It was ok...
This is a love it or hate it book. If you don't recognize the allusions, you'll hate it. If you do, you'll laugh your head off. Begs to be read aloud. A cross between Dickens and James Joyce's ULYSSES. A wonderful read..
I found this book very hard to get started and it never really gave me a sense of what the story was about. I stopped reading it about after the first section. Too me it is not a keeper