How It All Began

How It All Began

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By (author) Penelope Lively

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 229 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 27 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143122649
  • ISBN 13: 9780143122647
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 509,739

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A vibrant new novel from Penelope Lively--a wry, wise story about the surprising ways lives intersect When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true; an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends.Through a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people's lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet. Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature, "How It All Began" is an engaging, contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers. A writer of rare wisdom, elegance, and humor, Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful work.

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Penelope Lively was born and raised in Egypt, before moving to England for boarding school and later reading Modern History at St Anne's College, Oxford. Lively is the author of many children's books and adult novels, including" Family Album, ""The Photograph, "and" Moon Tiger, " which won the Man Booker Prize. She was awarded an OBE in 1989 and a CBE in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In recognition of her contributions to British literature, she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.

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"In this densely patterned novel . . . Lively observes how the 'strange notional movements' of world economies can 'wreck individual lives.' This novel shows that if minor events wreak major effects, so can grand systems shape our own small ends--and our beginnings, too."--"San Francisco Chronicle"