Kirkus Reviews QR Code
DANCING WITH GREAT-AUNT CORNELIA by Anne Quirk

DANCING WITH GREAT-AUNT CORNELIA

By Anne Quirk

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 30th, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-027332-1
Publisher: HarperCollins

 In her first book, Quirk proves herself smart and funny as she establishes and then parodies Manhattan high life as experienced by a teenager from Queens. Connie O'Malley's Great-aunt Cornelia is larger than life and twice as batty. Filthy rich, she travels in a stretch limo, at least until her equally eccentric chauffeur gets himself hauled off to jail. Undaunted, Cornelia learns to take taxis and continues her energetic support of the Museum of HyperModern Art, retains her membership in the Manhattan Beanstalk Club, dines with her Russian wolfhound at the table, and invites Connie to venture in from Queens to spend the summer with her in Manhattan. Connie's parents aren't thrilled with the idea, but they agree to a two-week visit. A whirlwind tour of high society ensues, culminating in an extravagant party that reveals some surprising truths about Connie's family. There are many amusing moments in this spoof on the haves and the will-have-nots of modern New York City. The writing is tightly timed and riddled with humor as Quirk pokes fun at everything from nouvelle cuisine to dysfunctional families. (Fiction. 8-12)