Summer Hours at the Robbers Library
From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees. Halpern’s novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create.
People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the pu...more
It was easy to be drawn into this book. As a retired librarian, this place and the people who work there and the people who hang out there of course, appealed to me. It’s mostly about three characters whose lives become connected at this Library. Kit is the reference Librarian and her past life is somewhat of a mystery, although we get the story in bits and pieces - her marriage, her therapy sessions as it slowly becomes clear. Sunny is probably favorite character, a fifteen year old g ...more
Ah, if only the rest of the book was as great as that quote.
It seems I'm unable to resist any book with the word library in the title; I only wish this one had been a little more library, and a little less soap opera. Three main characters, all sort of floundering, are thrown ...more
I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, which appears on RunSpotRun.com
Great concepts but very poor execution. Having a first chapter where a charact ...more
At the beginning we read of Kit’s young lust and then love. Was it truly love or was it just comfortable? Was it self sustaining or was it a facade? Were both parties really in it 100% or was one giving up who t ...more
Three people running from their past (or present) find the help they need at the library. Kit is the head librarian at the Riverton, NH library; she likes the peace she finds there and the ability to hide from her disastrous past. Fifteen-year-old Sunny has been home-schooled (or “no-schooled” as she sometimes refers to it), and assigned to work for the summer at the library in lieu of a sentence for shoplifting ...more
The novel is character driven, ambling slowly through the stories of librarian Kit, Rusty who joins the Robbers Library to search the Internet, Sunny who loves books and is volunteered by the judge, The Four Old Guy ...more
2018; Harper Perennial/HarperCollins Canada
I love books about books. I read The Bookshop on the Corner and loved it a lot more than I thought I would, so I was excited about dipping into this one. We have a small town, a library, and quirky characters sooooo I should have loved this book. My major problem was that this book was all over the place. I am not sure if Halpern knew what she wanted to focus on. I didn't get the third narrator on the audio, maybe it was later explained. but i ...more
This one was a lot heavier than I initially anticipated it would be, but not overly so. If you like books about libraries and librarians and appreciate a little heft in your women's fiction, definitely look for this one!
I enjoyed how the book was set up with the quotes and defined words for Sunny.
As a librari ...more
What started out as a slow read became a lively, lovely story about a small town library, its workers, patrons and denizens about. Reference worker, Kit is recovering from a marriage that failed miserably, its demise slowly revealed as the story progresses. Teenage Sunny is sentenced to work there after lifting a dictionary from a store. Situationally transient, Rusty becomes one of the regulars that take up the mornings.
With resistance to opening herself up, Kit slowly bonds with these two. The ...more
Kit is sad and insulated against feelings and people. Sunny is a 15-year-old girl who knows more about smashing the patriarchy than she does pop culture. Rusty had a career and more cash than he knew what to do with . . . until he didn't. Together, they form a f ...more
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