Borrower (Paperback)

By Rebecca Makkai

William Heinemann, 9780434021000

Publication Date: July 1, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/8/2011)
CD-Audio (6/9/2011)
Paperback (5/29/2012)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (6/9/2011)
Hardcover (6/9/2011)
Hardcover, Large Print (9/7/2011)

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June 2011 Indie Next List

“A 26-year-old children's librarian, Lucy Hull, allows herself to be 'kidnapped' by one of her precocious 10-year-old patrons, a boy intent on running away from home. The pair end up on a hilarious road trip that ping-pongs them across the Midwest and out to the East Coast. Makkai's writing is sharp and funny, and book lovers will enjoy the many references to well-known titles, from echoes of the road trip in Lolita to a chapter that is structured like a Choose Your Own Adventure story. What a wonderful, assured, and original debut!”
— Shuchi Saraswat, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA
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In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and an upsetting family history thrown in their path.

About the Author

Rebecca Makkai's stories have been anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009," and "2010," and have appeared in "Tin House, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review," and on NPR's "Selected Shorts." Makkai teaches elementary school and lives north of Chicago with her husband and two daughters.