The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Author : Katarina Bivald
Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (January 19, 2016)
Genre : Literature & Fiction >
The New York Times Bestseller
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor-there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.
You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers.
The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.
A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.
An Amazon Best Book of January 2016: Much like champagne punch, Bivald’s book-club-perfect tale of the tiny and slowly dying town of Broken Wheel, Iowa, is frothy and fun even as it sneaks up on you to deliver an emotional wallop. When Sara, a young Swedish woman who is at loose ends after losing her bookseller job, comes to visit her pen pal Amy in Broken Wheel, her first shock is that Amy has just died from a chronic ailment. The second surprise is that the citizens of Broken Wheel expect Sara to stay in Amy’s house anyway. When Sara uncovers Amy’s delightful stash of books, Sara decides to open a bookstore in the one-block-long downtown, inadvertently sparking a renaissance in Broken Wheel as the residents come together to help the store become a success. Garnished with plenty of book and character references from popular books such as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and Bridget Jones’s Diary, this charming fish-out-of-water story will remind you why you’re a booklover. —Adrian Liang
“A heartwarming tale about literature’s power to transform.” – People
“Charmingly original….sweet, quirky.” – Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post
“[A] heartwarming and utterly charming debut by Swedish author Bivald. This gentle, intelligent Midwestern tale will captivate fans of Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. An ideal book group selection, it reminds us why we are book lovers and why it’s nice to read a few happy endings.” – Library Journal, starred review
“A manifesto for booksellers, booklovers, and friendship. We should all celebrate these little bookstores, where our souls find home… one of these books you want to live in for a while.” – Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop
“The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is one of the more surprisingly improbable and delightful books I’ve read in years. What begins as an unlikely international friendship based on a mutual love of books becomes a sweet and soulful discovery of America. Quirky, unpredictable, funny, and fresh – a wonderful book.” – Nickolas Butler, internationally bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs and Beneath the Bonfire
“This classic fish-out-of-water story will steal your heart. It’s smart, sweet, absorbing and endearing, just like the town of Broken Wheel. It’s a story for everyone who believes in the magic of books to enlighten, heal and restore. A treat for readers everywhere!” – Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow Lake
“This charming, book-loving story captures readers’ hearts from the very first page…. This is a must-read for book lovers who enjoy a witty, feel-good story that goes beyond the surface.” – RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK
Touching and lively, Bivald’s genuine homage to the power of books vibrates with fondness for small-town life and fascination with its indelible connections
Between the book references and the idyllic setting, readers won’t want to leave Broken Wheel, either.
Swedish author Bivald’s debut novel is a delight. Bivald fills the pages with book references, chief among them Austen and Bridget Jones, but it is her characters that will win readers over… As in Austen, love conquers but just who and how will come as a pleasant surprise.
Langue : English
File size : 1 Mo
Format : EPUB