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Short Description for Penelope When an incoming freshman steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother. But no amount of coaching will prepare Penelope for the people she meets at school. Gloriously skewering the social hierarchy of college, this is the brilliantly funny story of one of the most singular, memorable heroines in recent fiction.
- Published: 24 January 2013
- Format: Hardback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781844089260 ISBN 10: 1844089266
- Sales rank: 535,126
Full description for Penelope
Meet Penelope O'Shaughnessy, Harvard freshman. To make friends at Harvard, she just has to be herself. But not too much. Armed only with her Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights poster and party conversation modelled on the repartee of Noel Coward, Penelope is bewildered by the apparent lack of kindred spirits on campus. And her roommates are baffling: Emma is busy signing up for insanely difficult courses and obsessing about something called a 'finals club'; and the rarely glimpsed Lan has painted her room black and shut the door. Gustav, a dashing, rumpled-linen-suit-wearing upperclassman of uncertain European origins who has caught Penelope's eye, never seems to be in the freshman dining hall, so it seems unlikely she will ever find out if he matches up to her hero, Hercule Poirot. Penelope follows our heroine's progress through her first year among America's elite, as she navigates the mysteries of life, love, inappropriate tutors, marionette operation and how to kiss on both cheeks and avoid disaster.