The Traveling Book Group is meeting to discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald on Thursday, August 3 at 7:00.
From Library Journal: “/* Starred Review */ As luck would have it, the day Sara arrives in Broken Wheel, IA, from Sweden to meet her book -loving pen pal Amy, the townsfolk are just leaving Amy’s funeral. Tourists are rare in this tiny, depressed town and the residents gather around Sara, sharing their stories of their departed friend. Sara stays in Amy’s house, surrounded by her huge collection of books, and is comforted by the warmth of this quirky community. There’s not much to do and Sara has little drawing her back to Sweden, so she decides to take Amy’s books and open a cozy bookstore in a derelict downtown storefront. With little money to buy books, Sara simply begins sharing Amy’s books with her friends. Gradually, the good citizens of Broken Wheel realize that a bookstore and Sara are what they need. How they go about ensuring that Sara can stay and the store can thrive is at the core of this heartwarming and utterly charming debut novel by Swedish author Bivald. VERDICT This gentle, intelligent Midwestern tale will captivate fans of Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook , Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop , and Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry . An ideal book group selection, it reminds us why we are book lovers and why it’s nice to read a few happy endings.— Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA –Susan Clifford Braun (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 13, p77)”
Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome to join the discussion. This book group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00.