"Give me," said Joe, "a good book, or a good newspaper, and sit me down afore a good fire, and I ask no better…”
--Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139
by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin)
"Fikry is a bookseller with a small shop in a sleepy island resort town off the coast of Massachusetts. He's a bit cantankerous, but with good reason: his wife, the people person of the relationship, has recently died and his prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane, has gone missing. Despite those losses, there's one strange addition, a baby girl left on his doorstep with an explicit request for Fikry to take her in. Zevin's novel offers the reality of both death and rebirth, held together by the spirit of the bookstore. It's a romantic comedy, a spiritual journey, and if you include the chapter openings, a collection of short story criticisms as well. In short, its a celebration of books and the people who read them, write them and sell them."
- Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI