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ISBN13: 9780670784639
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A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house shes never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the houses usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen.

 

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“Casts an enthralling spell, giving both characters and readers not only what they most want, but what they ultimately need.” —Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader

 

When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay on the houses unusual conditions: shell have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. Once inside, Alba discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and who still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls. With their help Alba begins to piece her life back together and embarks on a journey that may save her life.

Filled with a colorful, unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a wholly imaginative novel of feminine wisdom and second chances, with just the right dash of magic.

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The newest tour de force from The New York Times bestselling author of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey.

Jasper Fforde's exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.

The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.

Once again New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde has a field day gleefully blending satire, romance, and thriller with literary allusions galore in a fantastic adventure through the landscape of a frisky and fertile imagination. Fans will rejoice that their favorite character in the Fforde universe is back.

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About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling "Thursday Next" series. He is also the author of the "Nursery Crime" series.

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booksintheburbs, May 22, 2013 (view all comments by booksintheburbs)
I was drawn to read this book based on some real life people, who make cameos in the book. Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Dorothy Parker…just to name a few. When I first opened the book and started to read the first few pages, I didn’t think I would enjoy the book. It seemed a little hokey, and I don’t read paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy kind of books. Okay, with the exception of Twilight…

So, I put the book away and read a few other books before going back to it. Then, I allowed myself to slip into the whimsical and magic world, where women go to find themselves and uncover past issues that are preventing the person from moving forward. Once, I let go, I loved it!

The house is quite magical. Built in 1811, it is managed only by Abbot women, who have a sixth sense. Peggy welcomes Alba to the home that has mysteriously appears out of nowhere. Alba is quite surprised to see that someone is up so late at night and is expecting her, without having known herself where she would end up. You see, the house will only appear to those who are in need of shelter. It is on that particular evening, Peggy announces she is having a birthday the following day. At the ripe age of 82, Peggy has seen many women come through that home. As Alba walks through the home, she sees the faces of many of those: Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier, and Agatha Christie, among others. Alba has a bit of a sixth sense, which comes in the forms of seeing colors that represent different emotions : anger, hope, sorrow, deception, love, etc. As Peggy leads her to the guest room, Alba swears she sees the faces move and acknowledge her, almost as if they are also greeting her.

Every guest that stays at the home is granted only 99 days to get their life back on track. What the guests don’t realize is that the house will be doing some little magic to help create movement, help the guest face some truths, and ultimately help change the path the person is on. All guests are women, all are lured to the home, and all uncover hidden truths in their own time.

While there are 2 other women living in the home, Alba is the primary character. Of course, Peggy has her own sort of issues and she has to face some major decisions the house has made on her behalf. Peggy is an 82 year old woman, but don’t let that age fool you! She has lots of sass, has a lover, and is quite confident about what she wants. Question is…can she have it?

Alba has her own family secrets that she is not even privy to. It is through this time that she is at the hope house, where Alba learns about her family history, comes to terms with her own sexuality, and begins a relationship with her father. In the meantime, the other two guests (Carmen and Greer), also experience some life changes, too.

There is so much that happens in the little story and lots of incidents happen at the house on Hope Street, too. Pull off your reality hat, kick up your feet, and let yourself go down the rabbit hole to Hope Street. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll enjoy some of the whimsical things that happen, too!
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NinaL, April 24, 2013 (view all comments by NinaL)
This is an enchanting novel that skirts the realm of magical realism. Within the pages of "The House at the End of Hope Street", Menna von Praag has crafted a novel easily read, well written, and intriguing in its teasing secrets. I want to know if there is a vacancy at eleven Hope Street. I felt at home here with the mysteries. As enticing as Praag's story is, the unwritten tales of the inhabitants at "The House at the End of Hope Street" continue to flitter through my thoughts making me ponder all that may have taken place between the house's walls.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670784639
Author:
Praag, Menna Van
Publisher:
Pamela Dorman Books
Author:
Fforde, Jasper
Author:
Grossman, Lev
Author:
Van Praag, Menna
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
A Thursday Next Novel
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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“Casts an enthralling spell, giving both characters and readers not only what they most want, but what they ultimately need.” —Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader

 

When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay on the houses unusual conditions: shell have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. Once inside, Alba discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and who still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls. With their help Alba begins to piece her life back together and embarks on a journey that may save her life.

Filled with a colorful, unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a wholly imaginative novel of feminine wisdom and second chances, with just the right dash of magic.

"Synopsis" by ,
The newest tour de force from The New York Times bestselling author of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey.

Jasper Fforde's exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.

The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.

Once again New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde has a field day gleefully blending satire, romance, and thriller with literary allusions galore in a fantastic adventure through the landscape of a frisky and fertile imagination. Fans will rejoice that their favorite character in the Fforde universe is back.

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