ROSE OF NANCEMELLIN by Malcolm Macdonald


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Macdonald's 30th doorstopper proves once again that a born storyteller can rise above genre clichés by sheer dint of good humor and a wealth of passions. Set in 1912, Rose of . . . strikes gold with Lucinda-Ella "Rose" Tremayne, a lady's maid for teenaged Fenella Carclew, who is a mistress of mimicry and hits off Fenella's "howwid," "Fwench," "impwess," and "pywamids" perfectly. As in Tamsin Harte (2000), the characters are still pondering Howard's End when Rose lands a job as assistant stage manager with Lord Gordon Fitzroy's Players and one night must go on to replace Fitzroy's wife, who plays a Bohemian Jewess thuppothed to thpeak with a lithp. Rose is such a success that she becomes a lead and tours England and America with the Players.

Genuine fun.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-312-27301-0
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2001


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