A well-read patron recommended this book to me. I am glad she did! Roberta, a used book shop sorter of books, has kept a collection of those peculiar things that fall out of donated books. Then a letter to her own grandmother falls from a suitcase full of books left off by her father that puzzles her completely – dates, names, places all see very different from what she had always grown up knowing about her grandmother. What did happen during those war years that no one living seems to recall? Guaranteed: an unpredictable ending!
“A breathtaking, beautifully crafted tale of loves that survive secrets.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Musty books, unrequited love, and old family secrets combine to create a crackling multigenerational saga infused with passion, pathos, and evocative WWII-era historical detail. Plenty of book-club and cinematic potential in this irresistible page-turner.” — Booklist
“A solid debut . . . [that] may appeal to those who have also liked bookishly romantic stories such as Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.” – Library Journal