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Twenties Girl

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Twenties Girl

A Novel
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Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.


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Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.


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    ONE

    The thing about lying to your parents is, you have to do it to protect them. It's for their own good. I mean, take my own parents. If they knew the unvarnished truth about my finances/love life/ plumbing/council tax, they'd have instant heart attacks and the doctor would say, "Did anyone give them a terrible shock?" and it would all be my fault. Therefore, they have been in my flat for approximately ten minutes and already I have told them the following lies:

    1. L&N Executive Recruitment will start making profits soon, I'm sure of it.

    2. Natalie is a fantastic business partner, and it was a really brilliant idea to chuck in my job to become a headhunter with her.

    3. Of course I don't just exist on pizza, black cherry yogurts, and vodka.

    4. Yes, I did know about interest on parking tickets.

    5. Yes, I did watch that Charles Dickens DVD they gave me for Christmas; it was great, especially that lady in the bonnet. Yes, Peggotty. That's who I meant.

    6. I was actually intending to buy a smoke alarm at the weekend, what a coincidence they should mention it.

    7. Yes, it'll be nice to see all the family again.

    Seven lies. Not including all the ones about Mum's outfit. And we haven't even mentioned The Subject.

    As I come out of my bedroom in a black dress and hastily applied mascara, I see Mum looking at my overdue phone bill on the mantelpiece.

    "Don't worry," I say quickly. "I'm going to sort that out."

    "Only, if you don't," says Mum, "they'll cut off your line, and it'll take ages for you to get it installed again, and the mobile signal is so patchy here. What if there was an emergency? What would you do?" Her brow is creased with anxiety. She looks as though this is all totally imminent, as though there's a woman screaming in labor in the bedroom and floods are rising outside the window and how will we contact the helicopter? How?

    "Er . . . I hadn't thought about it. Mum, I'll pay the bill. Honest."

    Mum's always been a worrier. She gets this tense smile with distant, frightened eyes, and you just know she's playing out some apocalyptic scenario in her head. She looked like that throughout my last speech day at school; afterward she confessed she'd suddenly noticed a chandelier hanging above on a rickety chain and became obsessed by what would happen if it fell down on the girls' heads and splintered into smithereens?

    Now she tugs at her black suit, which has shoulder pads and weird metal buttons and is swamping her. I vaguely remember it from about ten years ago, when she had a phase of going on job interviews and I had to teach her all the really basic computer stuff like how to use a mouse. She ended up working for a children's charity, which doesn't have a formal dress code, thank goodness.

    No one in my family looks good in black. Dad's wearing a suit made out of a dull black fabric which flattens all his features. He's actually quite handsome, my dad, in a kind of fine-boned, understated way. His hair is brown and wispy, whereas Mum's is fair and wispy like mine. They both look really great when they're relaxed and on their own territory-like, say, when we're all in Cornwall on Dad's rickety old boat, wearing fleeces and eating pasties. Or when Mum and Dad are playing in their local amateur orchestra, which is where they first met. But today, nobody's relaxed.

    "So are you ready?" Mum glances at my stockinged feet. "Where are your shoes, darling?"

    I slump down on the sofa. "Do I have to go?"

    "Lara!" says Mum chidingly. "She was your great-aunt. She was one hundred and five, you know."

    Mum has told me my great-aunt was 105 approximately...

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  • AudioFile Magazine Lara Lington's life isn't going as planned--and that's before she starts talking to ghosts! Rosalyn Landor brings life to Lara and to her late great-aunt Sadie, a drama queen if there ever was one. She's a whirlwind who plots to recover a necklace that was stolen from her and constantly badgers her great-niece. Sadie was 105 when she died, but her ghost takes the form of her 23-year-old self. Landor successfully differentiates between the two 20-something women, portraying Lara as straightforward and modern, and Sadie as posh and refined. Further, Sadie speaks in the cadence of her youth in the 1920s. Landor sparkles as the unpredictable Sadie in this fun-filled story of family secrets, love, and learning to move on. E.N. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
  • San Francisco Chronicle


    "Laugh-out-loud."

  • USA Today "[Kinsella] continues to tickle funny bones and touch hearts."
  • Publishers Weekly "
    "[A] most delicious and delightful romp."
  • Time "Like everything [Kinsella] writes, it's warm and lively."
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