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This is an auction for PLAYING WITH THE GROWN-UPS, by Sophie Dahl.

"The full-length debut by the granddaughter of Roald Dahl centers on a dreamy, romantic English woman who hasn't quite escaped the thrall of her fabulous mother, Marina. When Kitty, now married, pregnant, and living cozily in New York City with her financier husband, receives the call that her mother has been hospitalized after a breakdown, Kitty flashes back to her magical youth, revolving around her Swedish grandparents' Never-Neverland of a country home, Hay House, shared by her mother and aunts. Wearing her mother's clothes, flirting with her handsome boyfriends and swept into parties where her mother chops the cocaine, Kitty comes through a number of charming yet troubling moments. There's plenty of texture to Kitty's remembrances."
- Publishers Weekly

"Dahl offers up the tale of a woman unable to embrace adulthood and her daughter, who is forced to grow up too fast. Kitty is the product of her glamorous, beautiful mother Marina’s affair with a married man. Marina, a talented painter, is an irresponsible woman-child who takes her two younger children off to America at the behest of a swami, leaving Kitty to fend for herself at an English boarding school. She is relieved when her mother finally sends for her to join the family in America. As Kitty enters her teens, she finds herself emulating her mother’s supposedly “adult” behavior, only gradually realizing that she possesses more maturity and wisdom than her mother ever will. Dahl’s writing is fluid and graceful, her novel a tribute to the often complex and sometimes maddening relationship between mothers and daughters."
- Booklist

Paperback 2008.

285 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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