Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 336 p.
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The new novel from the best-selling author of I Don't Know How
She Does It takes us on an unforgettable journey into first
love, and-with the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that
have made her beloved among readers all over the world-reminds us
of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives.
Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are
obsessed with David Cassidy. His fan magazine is their Bible, and
some days his letters are the only things that keep them going as
they struggle through the humiliating daily rituals of
adolescence-confronting their bewildering new bodies, fighting with
mothers who don't understand them at all. Together they tackle the
Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown
to America to meet Cassidy in person.
London, 1998. Petra is pushing forty, on the brink of divorce, and
fighting with her own thirteen-year-old daughter when she discovers
a dusty letter in her mother's closet declaring her the winner of
the contest she and Sharon had labored over with such hope and
determination. More than twenty years later, twenty pounds heavier,
bruised by grief and the disappointments of middle age, Petra
reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to
meet their teen idol at last, and finds her life utterly
Funny, moving, full of beautiful observations about the awakenings
of both youth and middle age, Allison Pearson's long-awaited new
novel will speak across generations to mothers and daughters and
women of all ages.