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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel (original 2018; udgave 2018)

af Sue Halpern (Forfatter)

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From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.  Halpern's novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create. People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems. But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny--literally--assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They're joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth.    In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.        … (mere)
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Titel:Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel
Forfattere:Sue Halpern (Forfatter)
Info:Harper Perennial (2018), 384 pages
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I don’t know if this would be as good in print – the number of so so reviews here tell me no – but as an audiobook it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. The three narrators were each pitch perfect in making their character come to life. There's Kit, the librarian with a past she’s trying her best to forget. And Sunny, the off-the-grid teenage shoplifter sentenced to work her community service hours under Kit’s supervision. Then there's Rusty, with his Mercedes, a pricey briefcase bearing the monogram CIA, and no visible means of support. The story itself is a little quirky and cynical but at the same time it has a lot to say about the need to belong and the importance of family, even if it’s one you pick out yourself. ( )
  wandaly | Jul 15, 2021 |
lovely characters and an original plot made this a fun book ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
In this charming novel, the main character is Kit, who works in a small town New Hampshire library. She has moved to this town to retreat from her former life, and has constructed almost impenetrable emotional barriers around herself. When she is tasked to supervise a teenage girl who has been assigned community service for shoplifting a dictionary, Kit is reluctant and unenthusiastic. As we might predict, however, the girl worms her way into Kit's heart because of the secrets in her own life. Then there's Rusty, a failed investment advisor who has fallen from immense wealth and moved to New Hampshire from his big city life in the fast lane. Halpern weaves the story and develops the characters in such a way that the outcome, although perhaps expected, does not seem facile. As a librarian, I could easily recognize The Four, the quartet of older gentlemen who spent every morning visiting each other at the library, and added a crusty sweetness and humor to the narrative. ( )
  sleahey | Mar 19, 2021 |
This book is full of rich characters and settings that give you a feeling of being in the story or witnessing it as it happens. A librarian is tasked with overseeing a teenager's sentence of community service. A washed out former businessman lands in the New England town looking for his inheritance after his career abruptly ended. A handful of retired guys sit in the library together daily. ( )
  niquetteb | Jan 6, 2021 |
I actually forgot that I read this book, even though it was just a few weeks ago. It's one of the few books I've read recently that I would say is not overwhelmingly engaging, but is also not a total waste of time (most of them I've read this summer are either knock-it-out-of-the-park good or throw-it-against-the-wall bad). I have quibbles (of course) with the characters and the characterizations of just about everything, but I also doubt they would bother most readers. So I would say: if the premise appeals to you, go ahead and read it. ( )
  VintageReader | Oct 6, 2020 |
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From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.  Halpern's novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create. People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems. But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny--literally--assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They're joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth.    In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.        

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