The Ballad Of West Tenth Street: A Novel

Paperback | March 24, 2009

byMarjorie Kernan

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Once upon a time in Manhattan . . .

. . . there stood a pair of fine old brick townhouses on West Tenth Street. One had a blue door with a tarnished brass knocker in the shape of a dolphin. The other was empty. Behind the blue door lived Sadie, the widow of a famous British rocker who died of an overdose, and two of her children, Hamish and Deen.

The children manage to muddle along as best they can with a loving but distracted mother. But their whole world changes when the house next door gets a new owner—a mysterious Southerner who quickly endears himself to his new neighbors, taking them—and their friends—under his protective wing. In doing so, he transforms everything.

Magical, lively, lovely, and unique, The Ballad of West Tenth Street is a contemporary urban fairy tale that delightfully reimagines real life.

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Once upon a time in Manhattan . . .. . . there stood a pair of fine old brick townhouses on West Tenth Street. One had a blue door with a tarnished brass knocker in the shape of a dolphin. The other was empty. Behind the blue door lived Sadie, the widow of a famous British rocker who died of an overdose, and two of her children, Hamish...

Marjorie Kernan, a former painter, owns an antiques shop on the coast of Maine. This is her first novel.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:March 24, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061669172

ISBN - 13:9780061669170

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“Kernan’s characters are reminiscent of those of Charles Dickens: generally well-meaning, yet flawed. The reader grows to care about what happens to each of these exotic characters...THE BALLAD OF WEST TENTH STREET is a charming and entertaining read.