Monday, 31 August 2015

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend; by Katarina Bivald

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katarina Bivald

Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bond Street Books

Is there such a thing as a hug in a book? This spirit-lifter was made for book lovers.

Us somewhat shy people who quite often feel better with a book in front of us than another human being. This book is for us.

A small town gal visits a small town half the world away and when she realizes her penpal is no longer there, turns to books and reading as a way to understand her new world and her place in it. Pretty much buries herself in them until she finds the courage to communicate with others. Through books.

Lots of references to other books current and classic and a lovely feel-good story. Delightful.

From the Back Flap:

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.

About the Author
KATARINA BIVALD grew up working part-time in a bookshop. Today she lives in Älta, Sweden, with her sister and as many bookshelves as she can squeeze in. She has still not decided whether she prefers books or people.