The English American

The English American The English American A Novel

  • Title: The English American
  • Author: Alison Larkin
  • ISBN: 9781416551591
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The English American A Novel

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    1. Alison Larkin

      Alison Larkin was adopted at birth in the US by British parents and raised in Washington DC, England and Africa After graduating from the University of London and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, she wrote plays and became a regular on the British stage Then she moved to America and became a successful stand up comic and ubiquitous voice artist who has appeared on Broadway Her internationally acclaimed one woman show, The English American, from which her novel springs, was a wildly popular sold out hit in England, a highlight of the London Comedy Festival and has been seen in concert performance all over the world She lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two young children Visit her website at alisonlarkin


    1. This was a good book for a vacation, I guess, but despite my wanting a light read, I just couldn't get past the standard chick lit cliches and forced humor.Pippa Dunn is an adoptee from the U.S. raised in a British home. Although her adoptive family is appropriately loving, she feels she has never fit in, and at 28, goes on an odyssey to meet her American birth parents. This premise is a convenient excuse for the tired old British vs. American jokes (English = emotionally constipated; American = [...]

    2. This should have been a good book, based on its premise of an American-born girl being adopted and raised by British parents, then returning to the U.S. to meet her birth parents.Unfortunately, the birth mother was so disgusting a character - a total liar, utterly selfish, hateful and unfair towards some people and a true user of others - that I could hardly stomach the book. Also, although described by both birth parents as a product of a "great love", Pippa (the adopted girl) was actually the [...]

    3. What did I think? I loved it! It's been a long time since I laughed and cried while reading a book. This is a wonderfully poignant, engaging novel about a woman's personal growth. After 10 or so years of dating, Pippa Dunn, 28, realizes that she can't love another until she knows and loves herself. Pippa Dunn's story of the search for her birth parents is thoroughly enchanting and amazing. Like the main character, the author was born in Amercia and was adopted and raised in England.I urge you to [...]

    4. This book had such a strong start, I was laughing and attached to the main character within pages, certain it was going to be a new favourite. Unfortunately, there were some inconsistencies with the main character that I struggled with, and I was wanting the book to focus on a few relationships more deeply, rather than many superficially. Despite these shortfalls, I enjoyed the main storyline of the book, that being an adopted woman raised by a privileged English family who finds herself living [...]

    5. As an American who has always felt very much "at home" in British literature, I've always though of myself as an "English American" of another sort. I purchased the book after listening to an interview with the author on an XM radio show. Ms. Larkin sounded very clever and witty, and I had high hopes for the book, but was disappointed and abandoned it at about 2/3 of the way through. (My New Year's resolution is to quit wasting time finishing frivolous books that are giving me no pleasure; class [...]

    6. The English American (a review by Karen O¿Keefe and Lynn Grubb)As published (in part) in the Union Jack News, June 2008.As a reunited adoptee, I could strongly relate to Pippa Dunn--a creative and "appallingly untidy" English girl searching for the missing pieces of her identity. Her discovery at the age of 15 that her birth parents are American, coupled with her lifelong desire to unmask her fantasy birth parents into real humans, is best described by Pippa herself: "There's a natural law with [...]

    7. Not only is it completely hillarious, but it actually deals with some serious issues of identity that adults who were adopted as children face. What makes this story different from most adoption stories is her comedic ability. This is actually a memoir that she uses in her standup comedy routines. i find her ability to do this psychologically healthy and beautiful. I laughed and cried and sometimes at the same time! Bravo to her and her expressive abilities. it's entertaining, and also therapeut [...]

    8. This book is utterly charming and a great audiobook. The narration is perfect. Having lived in North America for many years and now in England, the characters' idiosyncrasies are recognisable and real. You can see the ending coming from a mile away but that doesn't detract in the least from enjoying the rest of the book. A lovely break from the type of book I usually read.

    9. Pretty disappointed in this book. I really wanted to like it; I'm a total Anglophile so this book's premise was very appealing. It started off well, but became bogged down in over-the-top characters whose personalities overshadowed the story, or what story there was. The book is about a young woman nicknamed Pippa who was adopted from America at birth by a British couple who thought they couldn't have kids (but wound up having a birth daughter a year later after the adoption.) Because she always [...]

    10. Pippa Dunn was born in America but adopted by well-to-do British parents who gave her a wonderful home and life, but as an adult she craves knowledge of who she "really" is and seeks out her birth parents. She finds a crazy mother living in Georgia and working as an art promoter, and a mysterious father who might be a spy, might work for the CIA, or might be making money illegally from foreign governments. She quickly identifies with their looks and quirks, only to find out that she is more diff [...]

    11. I just could not finish this book. I tried and tried. I got halfway through, but most of that was a struggle. The author was also the narrator, and she was a very good narrator. But there was no arc to the story. It was like a bunch of little steps, one bit after another, but no plot, no storyline, almost no conflict or mystery or anything to grab you. It was just kind of bland and boring. And there were many miss opportunities for I don't know what to call it, maybe deeper analysis, or discuss [...]

    12. Well, Alison, how many months has it taken me to get started on this? In my defense, I've been reading books on meditation for a training I did at Kripalu, and as a follow up to figure out how that training applies to me, personally.Once I let myself pick it up, I barely put it down. "I think it's one of the saddest things in the world -- don't you? -- when people are upset because the direction they're going in feels all wrong for you -- and you know you just have to go the opposite way." It to [...]

    13. Sometimes you come across a book that hits you at a time that you really either needed it or you can really relate to it--this is that book for me. This semi-autobiographical novel is about a woman who is adopted by an English couple whom she adores, but still longs to know her biological parents and goes on a journey of self-discovery as she finds them. She comes over to America and it is more than she bargained for! Alison Larkin's literary voice is both funny and moving and if you know me you [...]

    14. Loved this book; it takes you on the journey of a young woman adopted by Brits to find her American birthparents, across a raw emotional landscape, and through cultures as farflung as the eccentric rural south, gay bars in NYC, and the secretive world of Washington DC military contractors. Home base is what she's looking for. Does she find it in a cozy cup of tea with her frumpy but contented adopted family in England? Or her adventurous but confusing birthparents whose allegiances are both guar [...]

    15. I liked the premise & the first chapter pulled me in, but the rest of the book left me wanting. I only kept reading because I actually liked Pippa. Too bad I didn't like many of the supporting characters They seemed one dimensional & irritated me. Plus, I get it, Americans cannot "make tea." Too bad this does not go over well for this Southern-Floridian raised Irish-American who won't touch anything but Twining's Earl Grey w/ milk & sugar or honey, please. The English-American "diffe [...]

    16. Several things come to mind in regards to this book. careful what you wish for, appreciate the things and people in your life that you currently have, don't go looking for trouble, things are not always as they appear, and most of all be grateful and stop complaining. I will also add a favorite quote my mother always said "get over it". Life is so short, enjoy what you have instead of always wondering what you are missing.

    17. At the age of 28, Pippa has decided to contact her birth parents. Adopted by a British couple, her "real" parents are American. Closer to her American relatives in looks and temperment, she thinks she has found the answers to all her problems. But nothing is that easy. A realistic and touching story, maybe because the author was also raised in England but born to Americans. I loved it.

    18. Fabulous and Funny. Insightful and Uproarious. Real and Imaginary. A great read for anyone but even better if you are adopted or connected to adoption.

    19. Nearly everyone in this book is an idiot. Predictable, stupid, full of giant stereotypes. ButI finished it. And the ending was satisfying. So it gets bumped from 1 star to 2 for that.

    20. Apparently, Vogue called this the most powerful book of the season. I am not certain which season. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book, but it could have done with a more stern editor, as there were points were the narrative was more elaborate than it needed to be. Also, some parts were 1) embarrassingly stereotypical (British behaviour, American behaviour, etc.) 2) embarrassingly predictable.For me, this book fluctuated between two and three stars. If allowed for half points, I would hav [...]

    21. A very, humorous account of the life of a young adopted American woman, whose adoptive parents were British and raised her in England! Then as a young adult she learns who her American parents are and comes to the US to get acquainted with them. Hilarity ensues with her self-deprecating telling of her tale, all the while trying to make her staid English parents understand why she had to come to the US to learn who she was. Her writing is so funny! (There are some bad words.) Hilarious but poigna [...]

    22. Such a great book, especially because I love genealogy and this spoke to that passion. It was an enjoyable read that flowed easily. I enjoyed the voice of the author and could 'hear' her English accent throughout. I recommend if for a quick beach/summer read. I'll be looking for more books by Alison Larkin.

    23. I enjoyed this story of a woman born in America but adopted into an English family. Pippa loves her adoptive family but feels that she doesn't quite fit and wants to learn where she came from. Searching for her biological mother takes her on a journey to America and through a roller coaster ride of self-discovery as she meets the people who gave her life.

    24. sweet story- never knew someone who sought out her birth parents and confronted the past before she could deal with the future.

    25. I know that lots of people scored this book low, however I enjoyed it. With a real look at adoption and how things aren't always how they seem.

    26. Pippa Dunn is a young, insecure 29 year old woman, adopted and raised in a well-to-do British family but who has always felt out of place. She knows she was born in the US to American parents, but not much else. She’s clumsy where her mother and sister aren’t, red headed and a bit disheveled although sister and mother are not. Impulsive and always feeling a bit out of place, Pippa decides to find out where she comes from and from whom. She embarks on a trip to the US to meet her birth parent [...]

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