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The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
  

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A slow moving, eccentric and charming story centred on a small Spanish community which thrives on literature and philosophy. Miss Prim is taken on at the ‘big house’ to reorganise and catalogue the enormous library. The house is owned by ‘the man in the armchair’ who is educating a bunch of children. Miss Prim gets swept up in village life and many speculate that she should marry ‘the man in the armchair’. He is unable to articulate his feelings and she, in frustration, takes herself off to Italy to sort herself out. Then an advert arrives … This will leave you warm and glowing.

If you like Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera you might also like to read books by Aimee Bender, Joanne Harris and Muriel Barbery.

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The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Prudencia Prim is a young woman of intelligence and achievement, with a deep knowledge of literature and several letters after her name. But when she accepts the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Her employer, a book-loving intellectual, is dashing yet contrarian, always ready with a critique of her cherished Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. The neighbours, too, are capable of charm and eccentricity in equal measure, determined as they are to preserve their singular little community from the modern world outside. Prudencia hoped for friendship in San Ireneo but she didn't suspect that she might find love - nor that the course of her new life would run quite so rocky, would offer challenge and heartache as well as joy, discovery and fireside debate. The Awakening of Miss Prim is a distinctive and delightfully entertaining tale of literature, philosophy and the search for happiness.

Reviews

'A book that gives you a warm glow and lets you escape ... a thought-provoking read full of beauty and the simplicity of everyday life' Lady

'A beautifully written novel. Its characters are brought to life so eloquently, and the blossoming of Miss Prim is so complete: she learns the value in life and love that has been lost in our modern-day hustle. An exquisite book and a joy to read' -- Deborah Rodriguez

'top-ten bestselling author of The Coffee Shop of Kabul A heartwarming, sweet story of small-town life and self-discovery' -- Vanessa Greene, author of The Vintage Teacup Club

'An exquisitely delicate, distinctive and inspiring story that will leave your heart undone, open to the beauty of the little things in life' Elle magazine Spain

'Readers who loved Joanne Harris's Chocolat will be charmed by the blossoming of Miss Prim. Already a bestseller in Europe, this charming and intelligent debut novel is certain to be a hit with book groups. Highly recommended' Library Journal

About the Author

Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera is a journalist and novelist based in Madrid, Spain. She is Comment Editor of the Spanish economics and business daily newspaper Cinco Dias. The Awakening of Miss Prim is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th January 2015

Author

Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349139517

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