A Taxonomy of Barnacles

A Taxonomy of Barnacles

Book - 2006
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The Barnacle sisters--Bell, Bridget, Benita, Beryl, Belinda and Beth--have been raised by their eccentric, self-made father in a fabulous, gigantic Fifth Avenue apartment that, encrusted with Barry Barnacle's scientific collections, feels like a little piece of the Museum of Natural History transplanted to the other side of Central Park. Now that most of the sisters have come of age, Barry Barnacle proposes a contest, a test of wits and wills that should at long last settle what is to Barry the most essential of all questions: nature, or nurture? Whichever of his daughters can most spectacularly carry on his name will inherit his fortune; the others are out cold.
It's a proposition to set a Jane Austen heroine on her ear, but the Barnacle girls are up to the challenge. Throw the girls' mother Bella and their childhood crushes--the Finch twins next door--into the mix and the stage is set for a completely inventive and utterly fresh social comedy that is as beautifully written as it is unique.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312334833
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 22 cm

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Jul 27, 2015

A strange marriage between Jane Austen's Pride & the Prejudice and Isabel Allende's House of Spirits, with Margaret Atwood's Edible Woman tossed in. I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in a long time.

I also enjoyed the author's description of Central Park, the zoo, streets and venues of NYC since I've never been there.

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