In this charming story, the frustrations and anguish of coping with dyslexia are sensitively yet humorously played out in a very unusual family situation. Prunella aka Pawpaw allows her handicap to transform her into a person of great compassion and wisdom. Her story involves the whole extraordinary household, the neighbours and her unique response to their needs which in turn leads to her own ful More
Pawpaw wants to marry off her sister, Rosepetal, to Angus, their next door neighbour and friend.
There are hidden treasures - left by an eccentric aunt and Jock, an equally eccentric Scot - with daft riddles meant to guide the hunt which spans the years and the two properties, thoroughly frustrating the family and an avaricious priest who was a close friend of said “Pawpaw loved summer when the sky was white with sunshine, when the fields of barley sang and parted in front of her like a blonde sea. In summer her skin became golden, freckles appeared on her nose and on her shoulders, her cowlick bleached to a dirty marmalade colour and her feet wore white straps when she took her sandals off.”
Pawpaw is pure love. Mostly, she loves her magnificent, fecund mother; her father, the Major; her many fascinating siblings; and, her extended family of Yoolia, the Dutch cook with her imaginary or maybe not imaginary, uncle; Angus who is crazy but not mad; a not-really-aunt, Violette; a dog with unnatural desires; a cat with baggy grey trousers; and Whynot, the family home.
Pawpaw, aka Prunella (her given name), was given this moniker for the fruit that was Lady-Felicity’s staple while she carried her special child, whom she describes as ‘all heart and some dyslexia.’
Her best friend and confidante is Rosie, a Kourie (Australian Aboriginal). Their friendship is of the kind made in heaven.
Over the years, Pawpaw copes with growing up, frustration with her dyslexia, loss and death. She takes in her stride the discovery of the treasure, but not the family’s slow scattering. She overcomes in the end, finds her own way, and, her own wonderful destiny drops in unexpectedly on her.
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