How could I resist a story that is about reading and all it can bring those who delve into a book? Now available in translation, this story by Swedish author Katarina Bivald translated by Alice Menzies proves that a good story can transcend place, time and experience. A testament and love letter to reading, both the books we consume and the connections that build between readers, please read on for an announcement of a bookstore grant giveaway, read my review and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of three copies of…
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
What happens when an avowed reader, perhaps living inside her books instead of taking chances to live her own life uproots herself on a grand adventure? Sara is that bookworm, always retreating to books and stories, but now, she’s wondering just what might be beyond the pages. Her pen-pal, Amy, from the far away Broken Wheel Iowa just may be a safer option.
So, Sara packs up and leaves Sweden for Iowa, only to find her friend has just been buried. What follows is Sara’s slow transition from outsider to member of the community as she introduces the people of Broken Wheel to the wonders that can be found in the pages of a book.
Slowly unfurling, Bivald introduces us to the town and townsfolk in a combination of interactions and revelations from the woman’s long correspondence. While not a barn-burner of a story, the imagery and relatability of each character shines through, all of us who love to hide in a good book when life is overwhelming will find many common and familiar themes. Using prose that is both imaginative and emotional, you are drawn into the friendship and the importance it occupied in both women’s lives. As Sara finds comfort and camaraderie in the town, she also learns to overcome her own fears and trepidations about life and the choices, realizing that sometimes endings just are, not always just what you want.
A lovely story that captures emotions and feelings about reading that go no small distance in explaining the need that readers, voracious readers, have for their book time. A slow grower that packs several emotional ups and downs throughout, ends with a satisfying sigh and plenty of warm feelings.
Title: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Author: Katarina Bivald
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published on: 19 January 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 10 minutes
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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 pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books.
Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.
Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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