By the Orange Prize and Whitbread shortlisted author of FRED AND EDIE, the riveting and vivacious tale of a 20th-century Moll Flanders.
Dawson's engaging seventh novel (after Trick of the Light) chronicles the exploits of "Queenie" Dove, a highly intelligent Depression-era child from a family of grifters. As a child in London, Queenie acknowledges her fledgling conscience, but muses, "The world is full of milk on doorsteps. And bread left by the baker's vans, and coal from the coal man." The girl's education begins in earnest at age 12 after a group of established female crooks, who knew Queenie's mum, introduce her to crafty means of attaining what she can't afford. After a short time thieving, during which she changes schools and makes a new friend, she surpasses her felonious teachers, though not without suffering some consequences along the way. But when Queenie discovers that she's pregnant, she begins to examine the life she's built with her violent, criminal boyfriend. Still, the lure of the ruse calls to Queenie even as she imagines the future she will provide for her child. Dawson shows great skill in rendering a fully realized, winning character in this story of a young woman determined to recreate herself after a heartbreaking childhood. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, United Agents, U.K. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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October 30, 2012
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