Molly of the Mall, Literary Lass & Purveyor of Fine Footwear

Molly of the Mall, Literary Lass & Purveyor of Fine Footwear

Her History and Misadventures

Book - 2019
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Aspiring novelist Molly MacGregor's life is strikingly different from a literary heroine's. Named for one of literature's least romantic protagonists, Moll Flanders, Molly lives in Edmonton, a city she finds irredeemably unromantic, where she writes university term papers instead of novels, and sells shoes in the Largest Mall on Earth. There she seeks the other half of her young life's own matched pair. Delightfully whimsical, Heidi L.M. Jacobs' Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear explores its namesake's love for the written word, love for the wrong men (and the right one), and her complicated love for her city.
Publisher: Edmonton, Alberta :, NeWest Press,, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781988732596
Characteristics: 282 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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Mar 06, 2021

A book perfect for a Jane Austen fan, English Lit. Major, Canadian - oh hey, that's me!

This book had me laughing out loud so much. It's hilarious! The main character lives in Edmonton and works at the Mall. She observes people around her, sells a record amount of shoe polish, and meets a fellow Penguin Classics lover.

Romance was not really the focus of this book, which I thought could have been more fleshed out, but it was overall satisfying. In the end, the main character comes to grips with the fact that she loves Edmonton - it's not Chawton or NYC or any famous historical place but it's in her soul.

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Jul 30, 2020

Set in 1995 with Jane Austin and all things literary in the background the novel is funny, interesting, and Molly is a wonderful, honest (from her point of view) and captivating character. The funny bits are around cheese, essays, and shoe size (they will stretch). Molly is a Literary Lass & Purveyor of Fine Footwear at the Edmonton Mall. The author does a great job of bringing all things Edmonton to life - flaws and the beauty.
Great summer read and the winner of the 2020 Stephen Leacock award.

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