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A whimsical, touching debut about loneliness, friendship, and hope.

Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in - and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was "left by fairies". Now, she is living alone in Dublin, where the neighbors treat her like she's crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn't a friend in the world.

So, she decides it's time to change her life. She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope.

Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from.

And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian's life begins to change.

Debut author Caitriona Lally offers listeners an exhilaratingly fresh take on the Irish love for lyricism, humor, and inventive wordplay in a book that is, in itself, deeply charming, and deeply moving.

©2017 Caitriona Lally (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Perspective, A Little Meandering

If you are a person who enjoys stepping into a character’s life and journeying with them through the mundane to hear their thoughts and insecurities about it all, then this is the book for you.

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Memorable character Vivian Lawler

With a delicate and balanced performance by Alana Kerr Collins, the character of Vivian Lawler comes alive. Here is another memorable character like Ginny Moon and Eleanor Oliphant that will steal your heart. Caitriona Lally has done an extraordinary job of inhabiting a character, listening to her voice, reading her mind, living in her skin, and walking in her shoes in the streets of Dublin. It takes a lot of mental discipline and energy to be a character for so long, although so rewarding. This is an accomplishment of imagination as much of writing--writing that is sensitive, wise, energetic, funny, and raw. Vivian is a delightful character, not a mean bone in her body.