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--Irish Book of the Year Finalist!
--An Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far pick!


Inventive, funny and, ultimately, moving. --Claire Kilroy, THE GUARDIAN

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, living alone in Dublin, she finds herself without 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, Vivian 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 readers 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 137 x 208 x 18mm | 281g
  • Brooklyn, United States
  • English
  • 1612195970
  • 9781612195971
  • 944,369

Review quote

"This urban fairy tale delivers something that is both subtle and profound in its examination of the human soul. Magically delicious." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A whimsical jaunt through Dublin and a modern take on many old Irish folktales . . . Humorous, charming, and original." --BOOKLIST

"Full of action and humour as its beguiling narrator takes her surreal jaunts around the capital in search of a portal to another world . . . The black comedy gives the book a jaunty quality that complements the dazzling trip around Dublin." --Sarah Gilmartin, THE IRISH TIMES

"Delightfully quirky . . . Vivian's voice alone is enough to keep us reading, charmed by her unique brand of manic, word-hoarding wit." --THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

"The book's style calls to mind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Engaging and humorous." --THE DUBLIN INQUIRER
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About Caitriona Lally

Caitriona Lally studied English Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She has had a colorful employment history, working as an abstract writer and a copywriter alongside working as a home helper in New York and an English teacher in Japan. She has traveled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Caitriona was shortlisted for 'Newcomer of the Year' in the Irish Book Awards in 2015.
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Rating details

2,112 ratings
3.08 out of 5 stars
5 12% (255)
4 24% (501)
3 34% (728)
2 20% (419)
1 10% (209)
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