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The Bookstore - Deborah Meyler
The Bookstore
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A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is... show more
A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant. Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa. The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene? A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781476714240 (147671424X)
ASIN: 147671424X
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
1.0 Cliched story with cardboard characters
Woman meets man. Woman and man have a relationship. Woman gets pregnant. Man decides to break off relationship before woman can tell him/she chooses not to tell him. Woman tries to navigate her pregnancy and working at a bookstore. Unfortunately this relatively tired premise has been done before a...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
1.0 The Bookstore
DNF at page 75 of 352. This was so boring to me. I literally kept nodding off. The writing to me was overwrought, boring, and the character of Esme had no substance to her at all. Reading about a young woman who seems hell bent on staying with a man that does not love her and her trying to force a r...
Counter Culture Critic
Counter Culture Critic rated it
4.0 The Bookstore
This review originally appears here: http://www.guyvestal.com/home/the-bookstore-review/When one reads reviews of this book from various venues, you see much of a rather "mixed bag" of either love it or hate it opinions, with not much middle ground. The character at the center of the story is Esme G...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it
I received this book free through Net Galley in exchange for a review. This book was not what I was expecting. I wasn't expecting the in depth feelings and thoughts of a woman abandoned by her baby's father. However, the journey was excellent. I was deeply moved while reading this book and had many ...
Olga Godim
Olga Godim rated it
3.5 Literary Esme
I’m usually leery of literary novels, but this one was about a bookstore, at least according to the title. I’m a book lover. I had to read it. Was it really about a bookstore? No. Was it literary? Oh, yes. And like with many literary novels, I’m a bit confused in my impressions. I can’t say that I l...
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