Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) has done it again. He has proven the breadth of his writing abilities and his creativity with his latest release, Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St.
His main character, Robbie (short for Robyn), is an only child. The various characters in the story exemplify diversity, and her own family is no different. Her family is "different" in that her mother is the breadwinner, an attorney who works long hours, and her father is a writer who has published two books and is working on his third.
As a side note, Abrahams imbues the father with quite a bit of wackiness -- all his comments about his new book make no sense to Robbie at all, and the reader gets the impression that the dad likes to hang out at coffee shops and "do" lunch with prospective agents. The mom is definitely the grounded partner here.
There's a lot that doesn't make sense to Robbie and she's not afraid to admit it. The story is told in first person narrative, and she is self-deprecating, funny, and often at sea about the proper thing to say or do.
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