August 20th 2013
Esme Garland is a young English woman studying the history of art in New York. She has a well ordered and interesting life until her rich boyfriend Mitchell van Leuvan abandons her when she becomes pregnant. Taking refuge in The Owl bookstore in Manhattan, Esme learns that life, love and the power of stories really can make a difference when all hope is lost.
This is an interesting and witty debut novel, with its quirky array of characters and an abundance of literary references; it caught my attention from the beginning. And even though at times I was slightly irritated by Esme’s naivety, overall, she was well placed to find her own personal fulfilment. Overall, for me, what made the difference was the description of The Owl Bookstore and the people who inhabited its world. I have never been to New York but if I ever do, I would love to find that the shabby chic of a Manhattan bookstore could more than live up to my expectations of The Owl.
I look forward to more books from this new author.
My thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for my digital copy of this book.