The Bookshop of Yesterdays
by Amy Meyerson
Park Row Books
June 12, 2018
“In her heartfelt debut, Meyerson brings readers on a scavenger hunt full of literary clues and family secrets… Filled with quotes from and allusions to The Tempest, The Wizard of Oz, and Jane Eyre, Meyerson’s evocative novel is a fun homage to book lovers and the eclectic spirit of L.A.” –Publishers Weekly
The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a beautifully-written debut novel about a young woman who inherits a bookstore from her uncle. An uncle who she adored as a child, but has not seen in nearly two decades.
When Miranda Brooks learns that Uncle Billy passed away, she feels obligated to attend his funeral. She has wonderful memories of his inventive scavenger hunts and eclectic bookstore, even though he stopped showing up a long time ago after a mysterious falling-out between him and Miranda’s mother.
“On the afternoons when he hadn’t planned a scavenger hunt, he would take me to Prospero Books, and the store was its own kind of adventure” (22).
Now Miranda is in Los Angeles and Billy’s lawyer informs her that Uncle Billy left her Prospero Books in his will. She has a life in Philadelphia – a job athat she loves and a boyfriend who she just moved in with. She cannot possibly take on the responsibility of owning a bookshop, especially one on the verge of bankruptcy and foreclosure. On the other hand, selling Uncle Billy’s shop is unfathomable.
Uncle Billy leaves Miranda one last scavenger hunt, one that will lead her to discover his grief, her purpose, and forgiveness.
My library was dukedom large enough.
-William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Five stars without a doubt. I typically do not flock toward books about family drama – I have enough of that in my own life, thank you very much. But this book pleasantly surprised me and the writing style was perfection.
I was engrossed by the family drama and moved by the determination of the employees to save their little mom-and-pop bookstore. No exaggeration, I had goosebumps as I finished this book.
“Prospero Books, where books are prized above dukedom.”
Thank you Harlequin Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!