How It All Began 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… How It All Began 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… 2012-01-05 Fiction Viking
Book Review

How It All Began (2012)

CRISS CROSSED Lively turns an unfortunate event into a lighthearted tale
CRISS CROSSED Lively turns an unfortunate event into a lighthearted tale
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 05, 2012; Writer: Penelope Lively; Genre: Fiction; 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 Dec 28, 2011 Published in issue #1188 Jan 06, 2012 Order article reprints