The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman

The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman

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Meet thirteen-year-old Thomas Penman. Growing up in a bizarre household of eccentrics, including a mother and father who wage a silent war against each other. Thomas downs his first drink, smokes his first cigarette, pursues the beautiful Gwendolin Hackett--all the while forming a special bond with his beloved, ailing Grandpa Walker, a World War II veteran prone to dark habits. An obsessive snooper, Thomas undertakes a quest to locate his grandfather's legendary pornography collection, setting in motion a series of misadventures that ultimately leads him to uncover secrets about his life that will change him irrevocably. "The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman" is a hilarious, engaging, and touching debut novel, a brilliant tale of one British working-class teen's unforgettable coming of age.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 5.08mm | 68.04g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060955406
  • 9780060955403
  • 1,560,582

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Meet thirteen-year-old Thomas Penman.Growing up in a bizarre household of eccentrics, including a mother and father who wage silent war against each other, Thomas finds his first year as a teenager filled with ecstasy and misery. He downs his first drink, smokes his first cigarette, pursues the beautiful Gwendolin Hackett -- all while forming a special bond with his beloved, ailing Grandpa Walter, a World War II veteran prone to dark habits. An obsessive snooper, Thomas undertakes a quest to locate his grandfather's legendary pornography collection, setting in motion a series of misadventures that ultimately leads him to uncover secrets about his life that will change him irrevocably. The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman is a hilarious, engaging, and touching debut novel, a brilliant tale of one British working-class teen's unforgettable coming of age.
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Review quote

"Almost every passage of this book hums with particularity and vision". -- The Observer (London)
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Rating details

1,114 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 25% (277)
4 42% (467)
3 24% (265)
2 7% (82)
1 2% (23)
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