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The Resource Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore : a novel, Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore : a novel, Matthew Sullivan

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore : a novel
Title
Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore : a novel
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Matthew Sullivan
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Language
eng
Summary
"When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left."--
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Title
Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore
Creator
Summary
Lydia Smith is enjoying her comfortable life. She has a job she loves at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. Then one of her favorite "bookfrogs" (code word for eccentric bookstore regulars) commits suicide and leaves her his small horde of books. She discovers a strangely methodical defacement which is a kind of code. A delicate spiderweb of connections leading back to a murderous incident in Lydia’s childhood is revealed. This pushed me into reading 'just one more chapter' until late into the night. -- Joan Hipp for LibraryReads
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Character
Award
LibraryReads Favorites, 2017
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10565243
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3619.U4434
LC item number
M53 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
Matthew Sullivan
Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore : a novel, Matthew Sullivan

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      73 Locust St, Dover, NH, 03820, USA
      43.19289 -70.876331
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