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A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé
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Jul 28, 2011

This is a fun one - especially for bibliophiles. It's translated from French by the same person who translated Elegance of a Hedgehog. It's about two people who open a bookstore called The Good Novel. The store only sells 'good novels,' as defined by a select group of people. When it becomes an instant success, the powers that be conspire to bring it down. It is partly a mystery and partly a 'hymn' to good novels. At one point there is a 2 page soliloquy about the type of books they want to sell. One paragraph reads, "We want books that are written for those of us who doubt everything, who cry over the least little thing, who are startled by the slightest noise." No wonder I liked this book!

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