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The author of the book: Alison Larkin
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.81 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: March 4th 2008
ISBN: 141655159X
ISBN 13: 9781416551591

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When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet "The English American," a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.In many ways, Pippa Dunn is very English: she eats Marmite on toast, knows how to make a proper cup of tea, has attended a posh English boarding school, and finds it entirely familiar to discuss the crossword rather than exchange any cross words over dinner with her proper English family. Yet Pippa -- creative, disheveled, and impulsive to the core -- has always felt different from her perfectly poised, smartly coiffed sister and steady, practical parents, whose pastimes include Scottish dancing, gardening, and watching cricket.

When Pippa learns at age twenty-eight that her birth parents are from the American South, she feels that lifelong questions have been answered. She meets her birth mother, an untidy, artistic, free-spirited redhead, and her birth father, a charismatic (and politically involved) businessman in Washington, D.C.; and she moves to America to be near them. At the same time, she relies on the guidance of a young man with whom she feels a mysterious connection; a man who discovered his own estranged father and who, like her birth parents, seems to understand her in a way that no one in her life has done before. Pippa feels she has found her "self" and everything she thought she wanted. But has she?

Caught between two opposing cultures, two sets of parents, and two completely different men, Pippa is plunged into hilarious, heart-wrenching chaos. The birth father she adores turns out to be involved in neoconservative activities she hates; the mesmerizing mother who once abandoned her now refuses to let her go. And the man of her fantasies may be just that...

With an authentic adopted heroine at its center, Larkin's compulsively readable first novel unearths universal truths about love, identity, and family with wit, warmth, and heart.

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Ebook The English American read Online! Alison Larkin was adopted at birth in the US by British parents and raised in Washington DC, England and Africa. After graduating from the University of London and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, she wrote plays and became a regular on the British stage. Then she moved to America and became a successful stand-up comic and ubiquitous voice artist who has appeared on Broadway. Her internationally acclaimed one woman show, The English American, from which her novel springs, was a wildly popular sold-out hit in England, a highlight of the London Comedy Festival and has been seen in concert performance all over the world. She lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two young children. Visit her website at"

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