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As the librarian of the small town where she grew up, Florence Oneirik finds herself in a world of tremendous isolation. To cope with her loneliness, she seeks refuge in her books and finds companionship in the characters; however, as Stanley Kowalski, Atticus Finch, Harry Potter, and others become more and more real to her, Florence can feel her handle on reality ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by North Star Press of St. Cloud
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I won this book quite a while ago via Goodreads, but it took me a long time to actually finish this book. I wanted to enjoy the book. I assumed I would. It seemed to have, from the synopsis, everything someone like me would find compelling-a main character who was (a bit!) obsessed by her love of books (including historical fiction), a potential dash of psychological complexity, including losses in the main character's life that provoked the "coming alive" of her fictional heroes as soothing ...more
I had to check the book out of the library : the author shares my family name which is not a common one and the main character is a librarian. I am probably not in the main target audience for this account of the lonely struggles of Florence, but it is not exactly "chick lit." The combination of circumstances and tragedy push Florence to seek companionship in the literature she reads, but a ominously different companionship than most readers find. The story is not easy to read, as the sadness, ...more
Carolyn Boehlke was born and raised in Stevens Point, WI, and began writing stories as a child. The love and passion for writing led her to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she earned Bachelor's degrees in English and Women's Studies. After a move to Minneapolis, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Hamline University. A writing and communications instructor for ...more