On Sale: August 20, 2013
Featuring: Esme Garland; Mitchell van Leuven
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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 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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