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How It All Began

How It All BeganLives intersect in unexpected and comical ways in this breezy, engrossing novel. When 77-year-old Charlotte Rainsford is mugged on a London street, her...How It All BeganFictionLives intersect in unexpected and comical ways in this breezy, engrossing novel. When 77-year-old Charlotte Rainsford is mugged on a London street, her...2011-12-28Viking
CRISS CROSSED Lively turns an unfortunate event into a lighthearted tale

CRISS CROSSED Lively turns an unfortunate event into a lighthearted tale

B+

How It All Began

Genre: Fiction; Author: Penelope Lively; Status: In Season; Publisher: Viking

Lives intersect in unexpected and comical ways in this breezy, engrossing novel. When 77-year-old Charlotte Rainsford is mugged on a London street, her misfortune sets off a ripple effect of consequences for both loved ones and strangers. Lively infuses her motley cast of characters with a blend of pathos and sharp satire, and though How It All Began is light fare, this deftly paced novel remains compulsively readable throughout. B+

Originally posted December 28 2011 — 12:00 AM EST

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