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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Paperback)
The day Sara arrives in Broken Wheel, Iowa from her home in Sweden to meet her book loving pen pal Amy, the townsfolk are leaving Amy's funeral. The residents share stories of Amy with Sara, and Sara stays in Amy's house, surrounded by her collection of books. Sara sets about turning Amy's books into a book store in a derelict downtown storefront. There's little money in the community, so Sara begins linking Amy's books with her friends. How the town goes about ensuring that Sara can stay is at the core of this gentle, heartwarming debut novel that will captivate fans of Little Paris Bookshop, and Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It reminds us why we are booklovers and why it is nice to read a happy ending.— Susan
The day Sara arrives in Broken Wheel, Iowa from her home in Sweden to meet her book-loving pen pal Amy, the townsfolk are leaving Amy’s funeral. The residents share stories of Amy with Sara, and Sara stays in Amy’s house, surrounded by her collection of books. Sara sets about turning the books into a book store in a derelict downtown storefront, and begins linking the books with Amy’s friends. How the town goes about ensuring that Sara can stay is at the core of this gentle, heartwarming novel that will captivate fans of Little Paris Bookshop and Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It reminds us why we are booklovers.— From Susan
January 2016 Indie Next List
“One of the conundrums facing a true bibliophile has always been: books or people? Sara has spent her entire life in Sweden working in a bookshop and her answer has always been obvious: books. An unexpected pen pal relationship with Amy -- an older book lover from Iowa -- challenges that easy answer and forces her to reconsider her view of herself and the world. After months of corresponding, trading books and sharing details of one another's lives, Amy invites Sara to come visit her one-stoplight town, Broken Wheel, for a summer of reading and getting to know small-town America. However, when Sara arrives, she is greeted by Amy's funeral procession. Thousands of miles from home, with a return ticket dated two months hence, Sara is at a loss for what to do. So, naturally, with Amy's collection of books, she opens a bookstore. Filled with familiar literary references, charming and quirky townsfolk, and plenty of scheming, plotting, and shenanigans that could only occur in a place like Broken Wheel, Bivald's feel-good novel explores that ever-present question: books or people? Read the book and enjoy reaching your own conclusions.”
— Erin Figel (W), pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
"A heartwarming tale about literature's power to transform." -- People
A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor--there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair.
You certainly wouldn't open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You'd need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy's house is full of them), and...customers.
The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel's own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.