The Bookshop (Paperback)

By Penelope Fitzgerald

Mariner Books, 9780395869468, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 1997

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In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors' lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence's warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one.

Praise For The Bookshop

"Belongs in the first flight of English novelists writing today" Boston Globe

"A marvelously piercing fiction" The Literary Supplement