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Hailed by critics as a benchmark in a career full of award-winning achievements, Making It Up is Penelope Lively's answer to the oft-asked question, How much of what you write comes from your own life? What if Lively hadn't escaped from Egypt, her birthplace, at the outbreak of World War II? What would her life have been like if she'd married someone else? From a hillside in Italy to an archaeological dig, the author explores the stories that could have been hers, fashioning a sublime dance between reality and imagination that confirms her reputation as a singular talent.

Review:

"In this engrossing, perverse challenge to genre — 'an anti-memoir' — Booker Award novelist Lively (Moon Tiger, 1987) explores the road not taken. What if her family, evacuating Egypt during WWII, had traveled to South Africa rather than Palestine? What if a date that ended chastely had led to unwed motherhood? What if her husband-to-be had been captured in Korea? What if that other Penelope had taken up with Achilles? What if Lively, who eventually became a writer, had, as a student, gone on an archeological dig? 'This book is fiction,' Lively warns. The narratives are inventions, rendered by an omniscient voice, framed by brief, evocative autobiographical passages, and peopled by non-Penelopes. Lively achieves 'the authenticity of fiction' in their credibility, but she lived none of these alternative lives. Writers and would-be writers will be intrigued to observe the transformation of life into literature. Readers may enjoy wrestling with questions of choice and chance in human affairs, or they may settle for a series of neatly crafted tales. The vividly imagined lives stir up questions far more thought provoking than the simple 'what if?' As Lively so elegantly demonstrates, 'The paths do not so much fork as flourish.' Agent, Emma Sweeny. (On sale Oct. 24)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Nobody writes more astutely or affectingly about that great subject than Penelope Lively, and rarely has she written about it so well as she does here." Washington Post

Review:

"Lively's 'anti-memoir' offers a postmodern alternative to both the discreet charm of la nostalgie and the shock tactics of the tell-all tale." New York Times

Review:

"Her stories are powerfully suggestive of just how much consequence follows small turns of fate." Seattle Times

Review:

"It is the stories themselves, independent of their tethers in the real world, that offer here the most intrigue and reward, displaying the natural ease of Lively's imaginative reach and the supple intelligence behind it." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Hailed by critics as a benchmark in a career full of award-winning achievements, Making It Up is Penelope Lively's answer to the oft-asked question, "How much of what you write comes from your own life?" What if Lively hadn't escaped from Egypt, her birthplace, at the outbreak of World War II? What would her life have been like if she'd married someone else? From a hillside in Italy to an archaeological dig, the author explores the stories that could have been hers, fashioning a sublime dance between reality and imagination that confirms her reputation as a singular talent.

Synopsis:

New from the award-winning author of "Moon Tiger" comes a masterly crafted exploration of the myriad answers to the question, "What if . . ."

About the Author

Penelope Lively is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including the Booker Prizewinning Moon Tiger. The Photograph, her most recent novel, was a Today Show Book Club Pick. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037842
Author:
Lively, Penelope
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.82x5.10x.62 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143037842 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this engrossing, perverse challenge to genre — 'an anti-memoir' — Booker Award novelist Lively (Moon Tiger, 1987) explores the road not taken. What if her family, evacuating Egypt during WWII, had traveled to South Africa rather than Palestine? What if a date that ended chastely had led to unwed motherhood? What if her husband-to-be had been captured in Korea? What if that other Penelope had taken up with Achilles? What if Lively, who eventually became a writer, had, as a student, gone on an archeological dig? 'This book is fiction,' Lively warns. The narratives are inventions, rendered by an omniscient voice, framed by brief, evocative autobiographical passages, and peopled by non-Penelopes. Lively achieves 'the authenticity of fiction' in their credibility, but she lived none of these alternative lives. Writers and would-be writers will be intrigued to observe the transformation of life into literature. Readers may enjoy wrestling with questions of choice and chance in human affairs, or they may settle for a series of neatly crafted tales. The vividly imagined lives stir up questions far more thought provoking than the simple 'what if?' As Lively so elegantly demonstrates, 'The paths do not so much fork as flourish.' Agent, Emma Sweeny. (On sale Oct. 24)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Nobody writes more astutely or affectingly about that great subject than Penelope Lively, and rarely has she written about it so well as she does here."
"Review" by , "Lively's 'anti-memoir' offers a postmodern alternative to both the discreet charm of la nostalgie and the shock tactics of the tell-all tale."
"Review" by , "Her stories are powerfully suggestive of just how much consequence follows small turns of fate."
"Review" by , "It is the stories themselves, independent of their tethers in the real world, that offer here the most intrigue and reward, displaying the natural ease of Lively's imaginative reach and the supple intelligence behind it."
"Synopsis" by ,
Hailed by critics as a benchmark in a career full of award-winning achievements, Making It Up is Penelope Lively's answer to the oft-asked question, "How much of what you write comes from your own life?" What if Lively hadn't escaped from Egypt, her birthplace, at the outbreak of World War II? What would her life have been like if she'd married someone else? From a hillside in Italy to an archaeological dig, the author explores the stories that could have been hers, fashioning a sublime dance between reality and imagination that confirms her reputation as a singular talent.

"Synopsis" by , New from the award-winning author of "Moon Tiger" comes a masterly crafted exploration of the myriad answers to the question, "What if . . ."

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