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+
CRISS CROSSED Lively turns an unfortunate event into a lighthearted tale
Genre: Fiction; Author: Penelope Lively; Status: In Season; Publisher: Viking
Posted December 28 2011 — 12:00 AM EST
- 'Sports Illustrated' reveals how the NFL persuaded Michael Jackson to perform at the Super Bowl
- Rachael Taylor joins 'A.K.A. Jessica Jones'
- Study: Binge-watching TV might make you sad
- A.J. McLean previews 'raw' Backstreet Boys documentary
- NEEDTOBREATHE teams with Gavin DeGraw for 'Brother'
- Disney to intro its first Latina princess
- Box office preview: 'Project Almanac' joins 'American Sniper' in theaters