The Bookshop of Yesterdays
On Sale: May 7, 2019
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Hardcover (June 2018)
A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth
on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about
family, forgiveness and a love of reading.
Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle
Billyâ€™s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he
created just for her. But on Mirandaâ€™s twelfth birthday,
Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and
suddenly disappears from Mirandaâ€™s life. She doesnâ€™t hear
from him again until sixteen years later when she receives
unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books,
which is teetering on bankruptcyâ€”and one final scavenger hunt.
When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero
Booksâ€”now as its ownerâ€”she finds clues that Billy has hidden
for her inside novels on the storeâ€™s shelves, in locked
drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store
itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books
and to solve Billyâ€™s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds
herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from
Billyâ€™s past, people whose stories reveal a history that
Mirandaâ€™s mother has kept hiddenâ€”and the terrible secret
that tore her family apart.
Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of
Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the
healing power of community. Itâ€™s a love letter to reading
and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape
who we become.
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