Playing with the Grown-ups, Hardback Book

Playing with the Grown-ups Hardback

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To Kitty, growing up at Hay House, surrounded by bluebell woods and doting relations, is heaven.

But for her mother, the restless Marina, a silver-eyed beauty who paints and weeps with alacrity, Hay cannot provide the novelty or excitement she so craves.

Swami-ji, Marina's guru, sees her future in New York, and so the family is scooped up and relocated, leaving Kitty exiled in a colourless boarding school.

Reprieve comes in the form of the guru's summons to the ashram, but then, just as Kitty is approaching enlightenment, they are off again, leaving everything behind to come back to an England that is fast and unfamiliar.

This time no God, man or martini can staunch Marina's hunger for a happiness that proves all too elusive. And Kitty, turning fourteen, must choose: whether to play dangerous games with the grown-ups or to finally put herself first.

Witty, lyrical and heartbreaking, Playing with the Grown-ups is a modern coming-of-age story that heralds the arrival of a unique new talent.


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I felt compelled to finish this because I have a whole shelf of unread thrift store books making me feel guilty. I was bothered by the unfamiliar lifestyle of their family, it just didn't seem believable...or it is hard to imagine a single mother affording such a privileged and indulgent lifestyle (even if she sold paintings for awhile). <br/>Too many characters, and locales-- and so little depth. Not to mention the downward spiral of the main character and her mother was just depressing. It's too bad the story didn't stay focused. Each time I started to enjoy a setting, the story changed. So many good places for the story to stay focused on and developed more. Too bad. <br/>I don't know if it is me or what, but I do like to start a book and have a clear time and place hinted at with in the first few paragraphs. I couldn't really "place" the characters in a certain time period. It took awhile. I suppose it was early 80s onward? I don't know. Maybe I missed some British references. <br/>Anyway, thank god it is over. <br/>