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A debut novel to charm all readers, that shows beyond all doubt that it's books, along with love, that make the world go round.
It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life--has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time--bravely decides to accept her unknown friend's invitation to visit. But when she arrives, she finds her house empty, the funeral guests just heading home. . .
Sara finds herself alone. And what choice do the inhabitants of Broken Wheel have but to take care of their bewildered tourist? And what choice does Sara have, faced with a town where nobody reads and her desire to honour her friend, but to set up the perfect bookshop with all the books she and Amy shared--from Yann Martel's Life of Pi to Iris Murdoch and Jo Nesbo, to Bridget Jones and Doug Coupland's All Families Are Psychotic to Little House on the Prairie ? And then watch as the townsfolk are, one by one, transformed in unexpected ways. . .
In the glorious tradition of 84 Charing Cross Road , The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society , Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café , Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club , Jane Austen, and movies such as You've Got Mail and Love Actually , The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a big-hearted, witty book about books, friendship, love--and always being open to the unexpected.
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In what is clearly a case of the world's worst timing, Sara Lindqvist arrives in the ramshackle town of Broken Wheel, Iowa, on the day of Amy Harris' funeral, having abandoned her ho-hum life in Hannige, Sweden, to meet the woman she knows only through the books they've swapped and letters they've shared. Unwilling to return home without getting to know firsthand the people and places Amy described in her correspondence, Sara decides to rescue one of the town's many abandoned storefronts and open a shop using Amy's eclectic trove of books. A mutual-appreciation society soon forms between the town's eccentric residents and this devout reader with an uncanny knack for turning the grumpiest bibliophobe into a grateful bibliophile. With Sara's tourist visa about to expire, a coterie of her most devoted admirers quickly concocts a cockamamy scheme to keep Sara with them permanently. 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.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist
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