Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight an upcoming release we can't wait to read. My pick this week is a debut novel by ubiquitous short story writer Rebecca Makkai, The Borrower.
The Borrower: A Novel
As much as readers like to see pictures of books, I'm surprised more publishers don't use books in cover art. This cover is gorgeous. More importantly of course, is what this novel is about:
"Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. Desperate to save him from Pastor Bob and the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. But is it just Ian who is running away? Who is the man who seems to be on their tail? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?"
The Borrower will be published by Viking on June 9, 2011. You can pre-order it now from Amazon in hardback or for Kindle. You can also sample some of Rebecca Makkai's short stories on her website.

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13 comments:

  1. I was eying this one and thought it sounded good. great pick!

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  2. Oh, this books sounds wonderful! I love the synopsis and will be waiting for this one. Thanks for spreading the word about it!

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  3. Oh, I love stories about children whose parents are overly controlling, and the ways in which they manage to "escape."

    Here's MY WOW

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  4. Great pick! I don't think I have ever read a book about a librarian and that angle really intrigues me.

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  5. This sounds great. Putting it on my list pronto!

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  6. Nice blog! I'm really impressed, especially as I also love reading, movies, food, and travel. My mother is constantly suggesting I become a food and/or movie critic. Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog, and I'm glad I've now discovered yours!

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  7. Sounds interesting, and raises a lot of intriguing questions. I'll be looking forward to this one, too!

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  8. Wow, this book sounds awesome! Thanks for writing about it, I probably would have never heard of it otherwise.

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  9. Good point about books on covers being few and far between...there's something kind of ironic in that!

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  10. Wow, this one sounds like an interesting adventure! Will have to check it out when it releases!

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  11. Sounds like one I will be adding to my list!

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