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  • Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear
  • Written by: Heidi L.M. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Dayna Cornwall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Molly of the Mall

Written by: Heidi L.M. Jacobs
Narrated by: Dayna Cornwall
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Publisher's Summary

Aspiring novelist Molly MacGregor’s life is strikingly different from a literary heroine’s. Named for one of literature’s least romantic protagonists, Moll Flanders, Molly lives in Edmonton, a city she finds irredeemably unromantic, where she writes university term papers instead of novels, and sells shoes in the Largest Mall on Earth. There she seeks the other half of her young life’s own matched pair.

Delightfully whimsical, Heidi L.M. Jacobs’ Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear explores its namesake’s love for the written word, love for the wrong men (and the right one), and her complicated love for her city.

©2019 Heidi L.M. Jacobs (P)2020 NeWest Press

What the critics say

“[A] charming debut...” (Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star)

“Heidi L.M. Jacobs nails it. Molly of the Mall relentlessly, hilariously conveys the ennui felt by anyone who has ever read a book and then gone to the mall, just as it captures the malaise and pretension of every undergraduate English course ever. A rollicking literary romance set in the icy moonscape of 1990s Edmonton, Molly is wicked good fun.” (Kit Dobson, author of Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada)

“Heidi L.M. Jacobs has created a delightfully whimsical protagonist in Molly. Always informed by the characters from literature she loves, she approaches life in her own unique, and fanciful, way. Such fun to follow the retail nightmares and romantic comedy mishaps of this Austenian heroine of mid-90s Edmonton.” (Dina Del Bucchia, author of It's a Big Deal!)

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  • 2021-11-01

I loved Molly of the Mall!

What a charming and funny book. I dare anyone not to be smitten by Moll(y). As a former English major there was much I identified with and enjoyed the humour at the expense of her professors.

Dayna Cornwall did an excellent job of bringing it to life.

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This book is not about the mall.

I got this book hoping that it would be a Mariposa/Lake Wobegon situation but in a mall and that is not what you get from this book.
Instead, you get a year in the life of a third-year English major at the University of Alberta in 1995/1996, which is (almost) more interesting than what I thought I was getting. There Is a lot of talk about literature, family, university life, young love, and coming to see the beauty in where you live and who you are with. The protagonist is incredibly relatable, the side characters are all lovely and the writing is excellent. The performance is very good too and really embodies the character. I won't say I'm glad there was not more mall in this book, but I am glad that I read it and I highly recommend it to anyone else who might be interested - just don't expect to learn a whole lot about malls.

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enjoyable writing and performance

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I found myself really enjoying the main character ,Molly. The humorous way her thinking , brought the mundane everyday life of a young girl aspiring to be a writer to life. Dayna Cornwall read it very well indeed . Well done

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