The Bookshop of Yesterdays (Park Row Books)

It is many avid readers’ fantasy to inherit a bookstore. First-time novelist brings that fantasy to life in her captivating novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays. Blending literary allusions and mystery with a poignant family drama, this arresting debut draws much of its singular power from the author’s obvious love of books. This wholly contemporary story nonetheless is rooted in the great literature of the past—from its character and place names drawn from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to great works such as Jane Eyre that hold the clues to solving a family’s long- suppressed riddle. “A wistful story of how the world of books can weave itself into the tapestry of our lives, Meyerson's beautiful debut is about love, family, and secrets, and a reminder that the one thing we can never escape is the past,” says Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale. “Her affection for all things literary pours forth on every page and through a cast of characters every book lover will embrace.”

Miranda Brooks has inherited a Los Angeles bookstore from her estranged Uncle Billy. The circumstances under which Billy and his sister—Miranda’s mother—had a falling out sixteen years before have never been clear. Now, with Billy dead, and her mother refusing to be any more forthcoming about the past, Miranda finds herself in possession of Prospero Books and all of the secrets it may hold. When she was a child, Uncle Billy would send Miranda on inventive scavenger hunts and now, from the grave, he has left her with her final challenge: through cryptic clues he has left for her hidden in the pages of books and in locked drawers in the shop, Uncle Billy directs Miranda down the path to discovering the truth about the past and the terrible secret that tore the family apart.

Amy Meyerson is a graduate of Wesleyan University and completed her graduate work in creating writing at the University of Southern California. She is currently an assistant Professor in the writing department of the University of Southern California. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and currently lives in Los Angeles. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is her first novel.

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest, which has been translated into eleven languages, optioned by Warner Bros., and won awards from the ABA, SCIBA, and MIBA. His shorter writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, and Hobart, among other places. He lives here in Los Feliz, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, Advisory Board member at 826LA, and co-producer of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. He's at work on his second novel, which will be published in summer 2019.

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ISBN: 9780778319849
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Published: Park Row - June 12th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780143109419
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016