English American

English American

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Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by the author's popular one-woman show recounts the experiences of Pippa Dunn, who describes her adoption by proper British parents, the culture clash that ensues when she meets her southern American birth parents, and her identity struggles. 50,000 first printing.

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& Taylor

Recounts the experiences of Pippa Dunn, who describes her adoption by proper British parents, the culture clash that ensues when she meets her southern American birth parents, and her identity struggles.

Simon and Schuster
When Pippa Dunn,adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

In many ways, Pippa Dunn is very English: she eats Marmite on toast, knows how to make a proper cup of tea, has attended a posh English boarding school, and finds it entirely familiar to discuss the crossword rather than exchange any cross words over dinner with her proper English family. Yet Pippa -- creative, disheveled, and impulsive to the core -- has always felt different from her perfectly poised, smartly coiffed sister and steady, practical parents, whose pastimes include Scottish dancing, gardening, and watching cricket.

When Pippa learns at age twenty-eight that her birth parents are from the American South, she feels that lifelong questions have been answered. She meets her birth mother, an untidy, artistic, free-spirited redhead, and her birth father, a charismatic (and politically involved) businessman in Washington, D.C.; and she moves to America to be near them. At the same time, she relies on the guidance of a young man with whom she feels a mysterious connection; a man who discovered his own estranged father and who, like her birth parents, seems to understand her in a way that no one in her life has done before. Pippa feels she has found her "self" and everything she thought she wanted. But has she?

Caught between two opposing cultures, two sets of parents, and two completely different men, Pippa is plunged into hilarious, heart-wrenching chaos. The birth father she adores turns out to be involved in neoconservative activities she hates; the mesmerizing mother who once abandoned her now refuses to let her go. And the man of her fantasies may be just that...

With an authentic adopted heroine at its center, Larkin's compulsively readable first novel unearths universal truths about love, identity, and family with wit, warmth, and heart.

Publisher: New York Simon & Schuster 2008
ISBN: 9781416551591
Characteristics: 336

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BPLNextBestAdults Jul 20, 2011

Alison Larkin was adopted at birth by a British couple; her birth parents were from Georgia. This novel is partially based on her quest to find her birth parents. Her mother had an affair with a married man who was a prominent politician in the United States and
she had to give up her daughter to be adopted. An excellent book for adoptees and their adopted and birth parents. Larkin needed to find out who she inherited her looks and talents from as she felt so out of place with her loving adopted parents who had totally different personalities from her. In the end this journey was painful but resulted in Larking feeling better about herself and being able to love both set of parents regardless of their faults. This book would make an excellent choice for a book club group.

skatemom Jun 29, 2011

based on the life of Alison Larkin who was adopted by a British couple.
Great book for adopted people and the issues that concern them.

rosebud_opl Jan 10, 2010

A good read, light and entertaining. Very well written for a first novel.

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Jen_nifer
Jan 04, 2010

I read this book due to a recommendation from Dooce (http://www.dooce.com/2009/12/04/holiday-her-books). It was very enjoyable and kept on going in directions I wasn't expecting.

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