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The Confusion of Karen Carpenter

by Jonathan Harvey - £7.99  Pan Macmillan (Pan Books) (2013)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780330544399 | ISBN 10: 033054439x

Having the same name as a 70s pop star was just the start of her troubles...

Hello. There are two things you should know about me:

1) My name is Karen Carpenter.
2) Just before Christmas my boyfriend left me.

Iím not THE Karen Carpenter. I just have the most embarrassing name in Christendom. Particularly as Iím no skinny minny and donít play the drums. I canít even sing. Iím tone deaf. I work in a school in the East End. (Where I came third in a ĎTeacher weíd most like to sleep withí competition amongst the Year 11 boys)

My Mumís driving me mad. Sheís come to stay and is obsessed with Scandi crime shows and Zumba. Oh yeah. The boyfriend. After eleven Ďhappyí years he left me. No explanation just a post it on the kettle when I got in from work. I think Iím handling it really well. I donít think Iím confused at all.
What was my name again?

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