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"I have never had another friendship like that I had with Molly. One loves only once with such intensity and devotion." Inspired by the literary classic Lolita, this extraordinary debut novel is a richly imagined coming-of-age story about two girls in Illinois in the 1940s and their intense, erotically charged friendship, which endures even after one moves away and becomes "I have never had another friendship like that I had with Molly. One loves only once with such intensity and devotion." Inspired by the literary classic Lolita, this extraordinary debut novel is a richly imagined coming-of-age story about two girls in Illinois in the 1940s and their intense, erotically charged friendship, which endures even after one moves away and becomes entangled in a disturbing life with her new stepfather. Shy, intelligent, and fiercely loyal, Betsy Thurmont longs to shed her awkward reserve and be more like her best friend, Molly Liddell, a vivacious, dazzling girl who charms all who know her. They are a devoted pair, jitterbugging at the local soda shop, ice skating at the rink, taking a blood oath that they will never part -- until Molly's mother is caught up in scandal and flees far away with her daughter. Years later, Betsy comes into possession of Molly's diaries and learns the startling story of what happened to her childhood friend. Through her diary entries, Molly tells the dramatic story of her mother's marriage to a European scholar named Richard Richard, with whom Molly begins an outrageous flirtation. But, after her mother's death, this man uses her preadolescent seductions to fulfill his own ruthless desires. Heartbreaking in their honesty, Molly's diaries eloquently express how a bright future can be dimmed by circumstance. Guided by Molly's strong and resilient voice, Betsy reaches her own epiphany about the meaning of her dear friend's short life, and about her own place in the world. Molly perfectly captures the wonderment, longing, fear, and frustration of making the potentially dangerous yet exhilarating metamorphosis from girl to woman. This radiant first novel is also a loving tribute to Vladimir Nabokov and his classic work, invoking the spirit of the legendary Lolita.


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"I have never had another friendship like that I had with Molly. One loves only once with such intensity and devotion." Inspired by the literary classic Lolita, this extraordinary debut novel is a richly imagined coming-of-age story about two girls in Illinois in the 1940s and their intense, erotically charged friendship, which endures even after one moves away and becomes "I have never had another friendship like that I had with Molly. One loves only once with such intensity and devotion." Inspired by the literary classic Lolita, this extraordinary debut novel is a richly imagined coming-of-age story about two girls in Illinois in the 1940s and their intense, erotically charged friendship, which endures even after one moves away and becomes entangled in a disturbing life with her new stepfather. Shy, intelligent, and fiercely loyal, Betsy Thurmont longs to shed her awkward reserve and be more like her best friend, Molly Liddell, a vivacious, dazzling girl who charms all who know her. They are a devoted pair, jitterbugging at the local soda shop, ice skating at the rink, taking a blood oath that they will never part -- until Molly's mother is caught up in scandal and flees far away with her daughter. Years later, Betsy comes into possession of Molly's diaries and learns the startling story of what happened to her childhood friend. Through her diary entries, Molly tells the dramatic story of her mother's marriage to a European scholar named Richard Richard, with whom Molly begins an outrageous flirtation. But, after her mother's death, this man uses her preadolescent seductions to fulfill his own ruthless desires. Heartbreaking in their honesty, Molly's diaries eloquently express how a bright future can be dimmed by circumstance. Guided by Molly's strong and resilient voice, Betsy reaches her own epiphany about the meaning of her dear friend's short life, and about her own place in the world. Molly perfectly captures the wonderment, longing, fear, and frustration of making the potentially dangerous yet exhilarating metamorphosis from girl to woman. This radiant first novel is also a loving tribute to Vladimir Nabokov and his classic work, invoking the spirit of the legendary Lolita.

30 review for Molly

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I am completely and utterly fascinated with each and every modern retelling of Nabokov's Lolita, and while this could read as a cheap ripoff, I prefer to see it as an enjoyable little spinoff. This version focuses on Humbert, called Richard here, as a villain without any underlying romanticism. Tribute is even paid to Nabokov's butterfly interest, as Molly shares the same passion in her role here. This isn't a serious hard-core book by any means, but is still a great read for any fans of Lolita, I am completely and utterly fascinated with each and every modern retelling of Nabokov's Lolita, and while this could read as a cheap ripoff, I prefer to see it as an enjoyable little spinoff. This version focuses on Humbert, called Richard here, as a villain without any underlying romanticism. Tribute is even paid to Nabokov's butterfly interest, as Molly shares the same passion in her role here. This isn't a serious hard-core book by any means, but is still a great read for any fans of Lolita, as long as you don't expect too much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynette Lark

    It's a "Lolita" rip-off but readable. It's a "Lolita" rip-off but readable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Read this after reading Lolita.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I have no recollection of reading this book, except that it looks like the sort of thing I would've grabbed off the New Fiction shelf at the library. I have no recollection of reading this book, except that it looks like the sort of thing I would've grabbed off the New Fiction shelf at the library.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Evie

    A good read, while not a carbon copy of Lolita, it still makes one feel better about the things left out of the 1950's classic. The ending overwhelmed me with emotions. A good read, while not a carbon copy of Lolita, it still makes one feel better about the things left out of the 1950's classic. The ending overwhelmed me with emotions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Athena Isabella

    Maybe it's because I read this as a 13 year old girl, but I was in complete awe and in love with the character Molly and reading back on it now I still am. It's a wonderful read. Maybe it's because I read this as a 13 year old girl, but I was in complete awe and in love with the character Molly and reading back on it now I still am. It's a wonderful read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Molly Mollinedo

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Reynolds

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oli

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elsa Gaztambide

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiris

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen Karen Tan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bindweed

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandybfl

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rena

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chase

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Leiser

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marina Pavlichenko

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Gardner

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