The Heroines

The Heroines, a novel by Eileen FavoriteWatergate is breaking news, but at the Prairie Homestead, a boarding house in Illinois, there are more immediate concerns. A distraught Emma Bovary has arrived unannounced, and Anne-Marie and her daughter Penny have wrenched themselves from television coverage to attend to their new guest. 
But if there's one rule at the Prairie Bluff Homestead, it's never meddle in the lives of the Heroines, however cruel the destinies to which they are bound. There's nothing to be done for poor Emma, save for the provision of tea and a sympathetic ear. 
Adolescent angst can't compete with beautiful and grief-stricken, and Penny, a moody thirteen, knows she's no competition against such ethereal creatures as Blanche DuBois and Scarlett O'Hara. Hurt and excluded, she strikes out one night across the prairie to cool her hot head. 
But when she arrives at the forbidden woods, she's in no mood to obey her mother's second rule, never to enter--and she soon finds herself in a world of very real heroes and villains, an unwilling heroine in her own terrifying story.

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New York: Scribner, 2008.                                                Available at:   IndieBound | Barnes & Noble

“I couldn’t put this book down because it simply struck such a chord in my imagination. The characters are beautifully portrayed and often funny, and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the books the heroines come from but you might want to afterwards. Part fairytale, part Girl, Interrupted, part coming-of-age story, this book is a delight from cover to cover and I urge anyone in the mood for something charming and clever and completely different to read it.”—New Zealand Woman’s Weekly