Disappearing Ingenue : Here are the misadventures of unlikely heroine Eleanor Stoddard. In the summer after sixth grade, she dreams of being as courageous as Anne Frank. As a teenager, her sudden devotion to Catholicism coincides with her crush on a nun. As a suburban housewife who suspects her husband of having an affair, she imitates Nancy Drew to try to solve her own mystery. And as a middle-aged woman, she drives across Central America with a rescued laboratory gorilla. Still, she manages to become a first-rate student, a published poet, and a loyal mother. Eleanor is engagingly familiar and delightfully odd, and she comes hilariously to life in these clever and disarming tales.
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