The Librarianist by Patrick deWitt

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One of Denise's favourite books of 2023

Bob Comet, an introverted, retired librarian, lives alone and has a simple, content life. A chance encounter with a confused, older lady changes everything. It’s a sad, charming, quirky book which will make you wonder what sort of legacy you want to leave. - Denise

Bob Comet is a retired librarian passing his solitary days surrounded by books in a mint-colored house in Portland, Oregon. One morning on his daily walk he encounters a confused elderly woman lost in a market and returns her to the senior center that is her home. Hoping to fill the void he's known since retiring, he begins volunteering at the center. Here, as a community of strange peers gathers around Bob, and following a happenstance brush with a painful complication from his past, the events of his life and the details of his character are revealed. Behind Bob Comet's straight man facade is the story of an unhappy child's runaway adventure during the last days of the Second World War, of true love won and stolen away, of the purpose and pride found in the librarian's vocation, and the pleasures of a life lived to the side of the masses. Comet's experiences are imbued with melancholy but also a bright, sustained comedy; he has a talent for locating bizarre and outsized players to welcome onto the stage of his life. With his inimitable verve, skewed humor, and compassion for the outcast, Patrick deWitt has written a wide-ranging and ambitious document of the introvert's condition. The Librarianist celebrates the extraordinary in the so-called ordinary life, and depicts beautifully the turbulence that sometimes exists beneath a surface of serenity. ________________________________________________________________________Praise for Patrick deWitt'A triumph from a writer truly in the zone' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette'deWitt remains a true original' Guardian'One of the most talented young writers around' Sunday Times
Binding: Hardback

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