How It All Began begins in uncharacteristically violent fashion: "The pavement rises up and hits her. Slams into her face, drives the lower rim of. In summary, the human pileup in “How It All Began” may sound a bit contrived — the novelist as whimsical God, concocting circumstances that. Chief among the seven derailed lives in “How It All Began” is that of to see reviews, news and features in The New York Times Book Review.
How It All Began has ratings and reviews. Hugh said: Another charming and erudite novel from Penelope Lively, whose books are always a pleasu. Amanda Craig enjoys How It All Began, a compulsively readable new novel by Dame Penelope Lively, who was honoured in the Queen's New. It all began, literarily speaking, for Penelope Lively in with Astercote, a children's story. She has not forgotten her authorial origins.
“Our life,” says Anton, an Eastern European immigrant to contemporary London in Penelope Lively's How It All Began, “is very much accident” (67 in the. How It All Beganby Penelope Lively(Fig Tree, £). “How It All Began,” her 20th book of adult fiction, opens with an act of McAlpin reviews books regularly for NPR, the Christian Science Monitor. HOW IT ALL BEGAN By Penelope Lively Viking, $ pages. With December's announcement of Britain's New Year Honors List.