The Bookstore

by Deborah Meyler

Gallery Books | February 9, 2016 | Trade Paperback

The Bookstore is rated 2.66666666666667 out of 5 by 3.
A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.

Brilliant, idealistic Esme Garland moves to Manhattan armed with a pres­tigious scholarship at Columbia University. When Mitchell van Leuven— a New Yorker with the bluest of blue New York blood—captures her heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic, life seems truly glorious . . . until a thin blue line signals a wrinkle in Esme’s tidy plan. Before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all.

Determined to master everything from Degas to diapers, Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. The oddball customers are a welcome relief from Columbia’s high-pressure halls, but the store is struggling to survive in this city where nothing seems to last.

When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she, like her beloved book­store, lose more than she can handle? A sharply observed and evocative tale of learning to face reality without giv­ing up on your dreams, The Bookstore is sheer enchantment from start to finish.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 in

Published: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 147671424X

ISBN - 13: 9781476714240

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sad I really tried liking this book. But alas , it was sad, slow, un revealing and had a disappointing end.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been great... Review contains some spoilers. I really like Deborah’s writing style, and I’m in love with most of the characters in the book. Except one. I hated Mitchell. There is not one single moment in the book where you believe that Mitchell may actually be a decent person who cares about Esme and their baby. Mitchell is a manipulative, self-centred egomaniacal character. Incidents continue to arise throughout the book where you expect Esme to realize that this man is not worthy of five seconds of her time. I was really looking forward to Esme finally exhibiting that she is smart (and not just book smart) and separating herself from Mitchell for her wellbeing, and the wellbeing of her child. The problem with this book is that this doesn’t happen. I feel like the book would have been really great if Esme has learned a lesson, realized she’d be better off without Mitchell, and grown as a person. This would have endeared her more to the reader, and solidified her status as a strong, relatable, female lead. There’s a brief writer’s discussion in the back of the book where Deborah states that she may at some point write a sequel to the book. I really hope that this happens, because you feel like Esme’s story isn’t complete since she really hasn’t learned anything. Her depression over Mitchell leaving her, and the fact that she is the only character in the whole book not to see Mitchell’s true colours makes you question her ability in the end to be a mother.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Deborah is madly in love and has recently found out she is pregnant. Life is great!
Date published: 2013-09-10

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The Bookstore

The Bookstore

by Deborah Meyler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 in

Published: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 147671424X

ISBN - 13: 9781476714240

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The Bookstore CHAPTER ONE I, Esme Garland, do not approve of mess. This is unfortunate, because ever since I woke up this morning I’ve had a feeling that I might be in one. I sip my tea, and wonder if I have forgotten to submit a paper, pay the rent, feed Stella’s cat. Nothing springs to mind. I reflect that as I can’t even name it, the likelihood of a genuine mess is remote. I carry on sipping my tea and I look out on Broadway beneath my window. The buildings cut the sunlight so abruptly in New York that the shadows look like a child has made them with scissors and black paper. The sun floods the cross streets in the mornings and the east sides of all the avenues are in deep shadow. The sharp light is one of the things I love here. The sharp light, the sharp people. I like waking up to the sun streaming in. When I arrived here, I had schooled myself to expect a first-year’s room—a freshman’s room, they would say—one that had a tiny window with a view of a fire escape. I opened the door of this apartment, back in August, and there was the sun, streaming, streaming. It’s a studio, which means it is one room with a bathroom. It’s a good word, though—it works. Makes you think that you are part of the fraternity of starving artists who have struggled in garrets for centuries. It’s right above a twenty-four-hour deli, so it’s not quiet, but—a view of Broadway, curving its way through the rigid grid of streets like a stream. It’s October now, and I still can’t get over it. Irv F
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A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.

Brilliant, idealistic Esme Garland moves to Manhattan armed with a pres­tigious scholarship at Columbia University. When Mitchell van Leuven— a New Yorker with the bluest of blue New York blood—captures her heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic, life seems truly glorious . . . until a thin blue line signals a wrinkle in Esme’s tidy plan. Before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all.

Determined to master everything from Degas to diapers, Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. The oddball customers are a welcome relief from Columbia’s high-pressure halls, but the store is struggling to survive in this city where nothing seems to last.

When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she, like her beloved book­store, lose more than she can handle? A sharply observed and evocative tale of learning to face reality without giv­ing up on your dreams, The Bookstore is sheer enchantment from start to finish.

Editorial Reviews

“A  deeply satisfying novel you will keep close to your heart, written in a style by turns witty and poetic.”