Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Halpern, Sue


On Sale Date: 2/27/18
Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
Print Run: 35K
Format: Trade PB
Pages: 384
Price: 16
ISBN: 62678965
ISBN 13: 9780062678966
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062678973
LP 9780062678973
Digital Audio 9780062799357

When 15-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary, the judge throws the book at her-literally. She is assigned to do community service at the local library in Riverton, New Hampshire; her “boss” for the summer is the head librarian, Kit, who is herself a refugee from what she thought was a settled, suburban, midwestern life. They’re joined by Rusty, a former high flying Wall Streeter in search of his roots (and, maybe, a once-forgotten bank account.) With a cast of supporting characters-from The Four, a group of retired locals who use the library as their club house, to Sunny’s something’s-up-with-them hippie parents, to the Patels, who own the local motel where Rusty takes up lodging-Kit and Sunny and Rusty circle around one another, taking the measure each other and of themselves. As the summer progresses, we learn how their lives unraveled, and discover how they can be knit together again.

It is appropriate that in a novel that takes place in a library, Sue Halpern-a long-time contributor to The New York Review of Books-reveals her own love of reading, libraries and librarians. Each chapter starts with a line from a beloved poem; Kit’s story is told through a book-within-a-book that she has written to recapture the narrative arc of her own life; and the denizens of the library are the backbone of the town, while the library itself is the heart. A wry and observant look at contemporary life and the refuges we find, Summer Hours at Robbers Library is an unforgettable tale of family, the kind you come from and the kind you create.