The Bookstore of Other Languages (Paperback)
Bryce Hanford, aimless, drifting, and stuck, needs a spark of energy. He finds it at The Bookstore of Other Languages ("offering effortless fluency in any language through a simple and safe outpatient procedure"). Always helpful, never trustworthy, The Bookstore leads Bryce, his family, his true love, his girlfriend (oops), a couple of fraudulent co-conspirators, and a deus ex machina of questionable ethics from Seattle to Tirana to Paris, with a slight detour to Manaos. While Bryce finds it in himself to handle fraud, smuggling, and a friend's sudden cancer diagnosis, not to mention handling Cousin Brenda, he also finds that what he really wants is someone who speaks his own language.
" . . . 'The Bookstore of Other Languages' is the kind of story that you'll be eager to get back to every time you set it down. Its underlying affirmation of the value of human relationships is beguiling." --The Kitsap Sun, 7/22/2018
"It is fitting that language is at the heart of this international story of intrigue, love, and loss. Fast paced and smartly written, Victoria Josslin examines a world where communication is both a commodity and a means to the highest form of connection. I read this book in one sitting." - Rebecca Judd, Branch Manager, Bainbridge Public Library