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Honor Molly's telling of a young girl's recollection of her early childhood in 1950's Dublin offers a touching peek inside the heroine's small and changing world. As the family finds it necessary to flee to America, "where everyone wears beautiful clothes," we see that this amazing creature is bold, clever, and observant of the adults who surround her. Indeed, she evokes the wisdom and wonder of young Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird".
The author is as much a poet as a gifted storyteller. More, please!
If you could sum up Smarty Girl in three words, what would they be?
A glimpse in the complicated relationships of a theatrical family in 1960s Dublin. And exploration and dissection of the fracturing of a family.
What other book might you compare Smarty Girl to and why?
Which character – as performed by Honor Molloy – was your favorite?
Noleen, the spunky, irrepressible Noleen
If you could rename Smarty Girl, what would you call it?
love the name
Any additional comments?
wonderful use of different narrators to signal change of perspective which allow Molloy (the author) to maintain her childish voice and perspective. The author's mother reads the sections that pertain to herself.