Book giveaway: The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
Love doesn't always go by the book
Ardent and idealistic, Esme Garland has arrived in Manhattan with a scholarship to study art history at Columbia University. When she falls in love with New York blue-blood Mitchell van Leuven, with his penchant for all things erotic, life seems to be clear sailing, until a thin blue line signals stormy times ahead. Before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he abruptly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all.
Stubbornly determined to master everything from Degas to diapers, Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore to make ends meet. The Owl is a shabby all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters, such as handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke, and George, the owner, who lives on spirulina shakes and idealism. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme - but will it be enough to sustain her when Mitchell, glittering with charm and danger, comes back on the scene?
The Bookstore is a celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them. The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.
About the Author
Deborah Meyler was born in Manchester, within inhaling distance of the M62. She went to a local state school that has since been demolished. To everyone's surprise, she then went to Oxford to read English. She later moved to New York, and some of what she found there has worked its way into The Bookstore.
Back in England, faced with three daughters, she decided to spend all her time at home with them, enabling her to resent them wildly for the languishing of her moss-covered mind. She didn't really resent them, but she did find it pretty hard.
Once the youngest was two, she put her in nursery for three hours a day, and started to write in good earnest. The novel from that time still sits under the bed: it was a practice piece and not to be seen. After that she wrote The Bookstore, which people seem to like. She is now working on her third novel. Click here to find out more.
This giveaway closes 10am, Monday 22 December, so apply now.
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