Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

This recent novel is about an orphan who starts life as the baby in a practice house (a fake home used to teach home economics on a college campus in the 1940s) and so, early on, is raised by the teacher of the home ec course and a rotating class of co-eds. The novel is well-written, just as many novels nowadays are well-written, but it is for sure that premise--practice house baby--that makes the whole thing original and interesting. So it turns out having an original idea--a topic that hasn't been covered much--can go an awful long way. Here's the picture of Bobby Domecon (Domecon for Domestic Economics) that apparently inspired the author.

4 comments:

Abbe Greenberg said...

Did this author write a book many years ago called "New Year's Eve?"

Ayse Papatya Bucak said...

Hi Abbe. Author bio says yes.

Argie said...

I'm definitely reading this! UMM used to be an Indian School, and then an ag school--during both iterations, there were orphaned babies who were being raised on campus, and my new office is in the building where they were cared for. Crazy...

kitkatkt247 said...

Loved the premise of the book also. I was shocked when I learned about the premise of the book.

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