The Borrower (Hardcover)

By Rebecca Makkai

Thorndike Press, 9781410440815, 457pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 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)
Paperback (7/1/2011)

List Price: 31.99*
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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.