The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBook - 2015
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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What’s a young woman from Sweden doing in a teensy mid-west Iowa town? Well, she is not seeing the sights, that’s for sure. She is also not meeting her elderly pen-pal, Amy, who passed away right before she arrived on her trans-Atlantic flight.
What she is doing, for the first time in her life, is living life outside of the books she loves to read and re-read. Sara and Amy’s love of books forged them a friendship across the miles and when Sara arrives in Broken Wheel to find her one living friend no longer living, she feels more alone than ever. The townspeople don’t know what to make of her – she is so quiet, undemanding and, well… lost. But so are they, as Sara comes to learn, and she decides to give them something for the kindness they’ve shown her – the town’s first bookstore. With the Oak Tree Bookstore comes a sense of a sense of civic pride, a sense of family, some mending of long-broken fences, and a new sense of hope to the dying town’s residents.
In fact, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a story wrapped around an ode to the small mom-and-pop bookstores that are slowly disappearing, and to the shopkeepers who know their wares so intimately they can instinctively find the book you need as well as the book you want. It is also an ode to book lovers and books of all shades of noir, romantic pink and yes, grey. As a matter of fact in reading this novel, you’ll find references to so many great books that your to-be-read pile is sure to grow!
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