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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
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Jun 21, 2011

it was amazing
Read in June, 2011

As a librarian I find it nearly impossible to pass up on a book that is about books and the love of reading, and to find on that actually features a librarian in the lead role, well that is the perfect read for me! The Borrower, Rebecca Makkai’s debut novel sounds a bit outrageous, but it is actually a very heartfelt, delightful novel. Lucy Hull is a young children’s librarian working in a small library in Missouri. Although she did not intend to become a librarian, she enjoys her work and has formed a special bond with one of her young patrons, ten year old Ian Drake. Ian is a voracious reader, and a little flamboyant. Unfortunately Ian’s parents are extremely religious and begin censoring Ian’s reading material, excluding most of the children’s room canon. Ian’s ostentatious nature also has his parents concerned about his sexuality, to the extent that they enroll him in special classes to ensure his masculinity. When Lucy stumbles on Ian “camping out” in the library after running away from his parents, she leaves town with him and the two find themselves on the open road, wondering who exactly kidnapped whom. Along the way both Ian and Lucy discover things about themselves, but it is really Lucy’s journey to understand herself, her family, and her motivations that captivate the reader. At times tremendously funny and always heartwarming and thought provoking, The Borrower is full of literary references and will delight readers and book lovers alike. I can’t wait to see what Makkai does next!
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Kathrina I'm really loving this book, too!

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