Sunday, May 17, 2009

Zelda meets Holly meets Matilda

Sophie Dahl is a model/ author and the granddaughter of children's author Roald Dahl. I wasn't sure what to expect from her novel Playing with the Grownups, but took a chance with a free advance reader copy I happened across. I was pleasantly surprised by it. The story is told by fifteen-year-old Kitty, who lives a Grey Gardens-esque bohemian lifestyle with her manic-depressive mother Marina. A cross between Holly Golightly and Zelda Fitzgerald, she's a painter who uproots Kitty from rural England to New York and then back again based on the advice of her guru. The story actually borrows a bit from Roald Dahl's Matilda in the sense that Kitty is a child forced to live with an unfit parent. A quick read, interesting characters, and an overall entertaining novel.

Sidenote: It wasn't until college that I realized Roald Dahl's name wasn't actually Ronald....

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