Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel Author Robin Sloan
ISBN-10 1250037751
ISBN-13 9781250037756
Year 2013-09-24
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Picador
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A Winner of the Alex Award a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction named a Best Book of the Year by NPR Los Angeles Times and San Francisco ChronicleThe Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web design drone and into the aisles of Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore But after a few days on the job Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest The customers are few and they never seem to buy anythinginstead they check out large obscure volumes from strange corners of the store Suspicious Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele s behavior seeking help from his variously talented friends But when they bring their findings to Mr Penumbra they discover the bookstore s secrets extend far beyond its walls Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence Robin Sloan s Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave