This book was interesting on several levels. It was really cool to see a perspective on a majority of the major 20th Century events from a completely self-absorbed point of view. It was nice to have a not-so-serious character to deal with all kinds of really horrible stuff. A good (but a little fluffy) read.
I read this last year after seeing it on the library shelf. I loved Poppy and her way of engaging us into her life. At times, you want to scream, NO, don't make that choice, other times you are cheering her on. This book takes you from her teenage years until her retirement along with her crazy friends, family, and semi-relatives. I loved the historical background of the roaring 20's to the 70s also. It was great seeing American history wrapped in the life of a fictional character, also one that was completely "human" making mistakes along the way.
Not one of my favorite stories. I found it so hard to relate to the characters in this book. They seemed so old fashioned and lacking any true depth of character. The book jacket describes the heroine as rebellious. But I found her to be annoying, self centered and rude. She ws totally without a moral compass and the opportunists she had to find on she failed and retreated into her own self-centered delusional world. It seemed like all the characters were struggling to find a voice and fell very short of their goal.
I couldn't help but think that this book was just a lot of words thrown up in the air and hopefully when they hit the ground they would come together and create a story.
I doubt I would read another book by this author. I just didn't like it and did not understand the heroine or the supporting characters.
From the back cover "What hope is there for Poppy Minkel? She has kinky hair, big ears, skin that's too sallow, and an appetite for fun. Poppy's mother, Dora, despairs of ever finding her a husband, despite the lure of the family fortune offered by MInkel's Mighty Fine Mustard...."