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Twenties Girl

by Sophie Kinsella
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Publishing date: 09/03/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780385342032
  • ISBN: 0385342039


Amazon Exclusive: Sophie Kinsella on Twenties Girl

Sophie Kinsella is a former financial journalist and the author of the best-selling novels Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Remember Me?. She lives in England, where she is at work on her next book.

Writing Twenties Girl was like going on my own magical mystery tour. My U.S. editor Susan Kamil had once said casually, "You should write a ghost story one day." This comment stayed with me for years. I loved the idea, but didn't know who my ghost could be. I've always loved the glamour and spirit of the 1920s, and the idea came to me of a flapper ghost. A feisty, fun, glamorous girl who adored to dance and drink cocktails and get her own way. I wanted her to be a determined character who would blast into the life of someone with no warning and cause havoc. I then decided she should haunt a thoroughly modern girl, with all the culture clashes and comedy that would bring.

Having come up with this idea I loved it, so it then remained to plunge myself into 1920s research, which was no hardship at all, as I find the era fascinating. I researched vintage make-up, vintage dresses, read fiction from the period, investigated 1920s slang, and tried to channel as much I could of those feisty flappers who cut their hair short (shock!), smoked cigarettes in public (shock!), had sex (shock!) and generally rebelled in all the outrageous ways they could.

The book isn't a period piece though. It's a modern story about two girls and their sparky friendship, right here in the 21st century. One of them just happens to be a ghost from the 1920s. It's a quest, a romance, and a coming of age... and above all a comedy. It's no exaggeration to say that writing the character of Sadie made me look at life differently, and I hope some readers feel the same way. —Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella on Jewelry in Twenties Girl

When I was at college I had a bicycle which I rarely used and which sat, week after week, in the bike racks. One day I went to get it out--and found a diamante necklace twined round the spokes of the front wheel. It was an old, vintage-style necklace, one of the prettiest things I’d ever seen. On my bike! How had it got there? Had someone borrowed my bike and dropped it? Was it a romantic gift from a secret admirer? (Ok, unlikely...)

I put up a notice in college--but got no claimers. It was mine! I wore that necklace over and over--and felt as though it had somehow magical qualities. Would it have felt so magical if it were a scarf or a hat or a purse? I don’t think so.

Jewelry has a magic all its own. Precious stones have always attracted legends, myths, crimes, lust. Quite sane women will go to pieces at the sight of a big enough diamond. Even as a tiny child I was fascinated by beads, jewels, tiaras...anything that glittered. And, like books, I find it hard to give pieces of jewelry away, even after I’ve stopped wearing them.

The biggest symbol of jewelry is love. Whose heart doesn’t stop on being presented with a little velvet box? Who secretly doesn’t crave a diamond, however teeny? Of course true love is putting out the rubbish every night...but that won’t make you gasp and tilt your hand to catch the facets of light.

When I was writing Twenties Girl I knew I needed to give Sadie, my ghost character, a mission. There was something in the world she still wanted--and it didn’t take long to decide on jewelry. A ring seemed too obvious...bracelets too inconsequential...but a necklace was perfect. I wanted it to be tactile, romantic, and the kind of piece you could imagine wearing with anything. Guided by research into jewelry of the 1920s, I conjured up in my head a long necklace of glimmering yellow glass beads, with a dragonfly pendant set with rhinestones. Not priceless....but special. I could imagine Sadie twirling the beads as she danced, I could imagine her gathering them and letting them drop. I could see it as an iconic, timeless piece.

A dragonfly seemed a perfect emblem for Sadie, too--beautiful, fragile, and darting around like quicksilver. The dragonfly symbol has different meanings for different cultures--for some it’s a symbol of change, for others it represents the subconscious. In Japanese paintings, dragonflies can mean new light and joy. To some Native Americans they’re the souls of the dead. All of these interpretations are perfect for the character of Sadie--a ghost who needs to "move on" and for whom the dragonfly necklace has a meaning all its own.

The more I wrote about Sadie’s dragonfly necklace the more it came to mean to both her and me--and I hope it does to readers, too.

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    From Amazon

    The first Sophie Kinsella book i read was remember me ? and i loved it so i decided to go and buy Twenties girl . Twenties girl has got to be one of the funniest book i ever read ! it was amazing ! it's such page turner . it was so fun reading this book . Twenties girl has a bit of everything . it has comedy , romance and even mystery . the writing is just wonderful . you never get bored reading this book . Sophie Kinsella did an amazing job ! the story is really original and unique . I can't wait for Sophie Kinsella's next book :) :D !!!!

  • Really... LOL!
    From Amazon

    The first page was enough to make me buy this book. This is my first book from Sophie Kinsella. Honestly, no other novels made me laugh out loud like this one did! It was hilarious, touchy and most importantly, interesting story! A very funny ghost, to start with, and fashionable too. If you want a good pick-me-up book after what seems like a dull-never-ending day, this is it! Recommended for second reading.

  • Tally-ho and Barney mugging!!!
    From Amazon

    Bloody Brilliant book! my cheeks hurt from laughing sooo much!! you must read this book! I loved it!!! Tally-HO!! haha

  • Eh...only good at the end
    From Amazon

    I picked this book up thinking it was going to be a great "lunchtime" read while working. I read a lot of books and enjoy reads such as this and it is rare that I pick up a book read some of it and then stop. I came really close to that when I got a quarter of the way done. But, I kept going. Kinsella's description of characters, settings, and storyline is very difficult to follow and keep up with. At one point, she went off on several tangents and never picked back up with that particular storyline. The book started to get really interesting and I couldn't put it down when it came to the last 1/2-1/4 of the book. That's when it got really good. Can't say that I'll definitely be reading this over and over again like I do others.

  • Sophie does it again! Hurrah for the 1920s!
    From Amazon

    This book is pure fun like all her others. I'm a huge fan of her "Shopaholic" books and this one was great fun, too.

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