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The Borrower (Paperback)

Author:  Rebecca Makkai
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143120956
ISBN-13: 9780143120957
Sku: 225107931
Publish Date: 5/29/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  324
Age Range:  22 to UP
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In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and an upsetting family history.
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"Rarely is a first novel as smart and engaging and learned and funny and moving as The Borrower." ?Richard Russo, author of Pulitzer Prize?winning Empire Falls

Lucy Hull, a children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian when she finds him camped out in the library after hours, and the odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?

A runaway ten-year-old takes his librarian hostage on his quest to escape brainwashing by his Bible-belt mother and her bigoted Pastor Bob. Lucy Hull, a somewhat willing captive enamored by Ian's devotion to books, tries to shelter and guide the tiny rebel as THE BORROWER follows their getaway from the Midwest to an idealized New England. Together, the pair of bookworms foil their pursuers while confronting personal obstacles along the way.


"Larger-than-life characters and an element of the picaresque add to the book's delights. Best of all, however, is Lucy's absolutely unshakable faith in the power of books to save." (starred review) - Michael Cart 05/01/2011

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0324
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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