by Ellen Potter
Clara Frankofile has a lot of power for a girl her age. From her vantage point at her special table in her parents’ selective New York City restaurant, Pish Posh, she surveys the customers. Her uncanny ability to spot Nobodies means that she controls who can have a reservation there. Not surprisingly, she is old for her age, friendless, and not sympathetic. A series of chance encounters disrupt her world, turning her categories of Nobodies and Somebodies upside down.
Pish Posh was a fairly quick read. It isn’t long and the style is minimal. But the characters are far more complex than they might originally appear and they’ve stuck with me even several days after I read the book. Like Leila, I was initially somewhat appalled by Clara, but as I read on she became much more human and real. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for other Ellen Potter books.
Book source: Inter-library loan