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The Bookshop

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By (author) Penelope Fitzgerald

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 206mm x 12mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 15 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0395869463
  • ISBN 13: 9780395869468
  • Edition statement: Us ed.
  • Sales rank: 182,790

Product description

In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors' lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Her warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently...haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: that a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one.

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"Belongs in the first flight of English novelists writing today" Boston Globe "A marvelously piercing fiction" The Literary Supplement

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In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors' lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Her warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently...haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: that a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one.