The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Genres: Contemporary
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on January 19, 2016
Pages: 400

 

About The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (from the back cover):
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books – there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.

You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in change. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and… customers. The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.

A heartwarming reminder of why we are book lovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us. 

I was captivated by this book the moment I started reading it. The words flow lyrically and naturally all at once, a testament both to the talent of the author and the translator. So many times, books that are translated into English from another language (in this case, Swedish) lose some of their magic, at least for me. I happily did not find that to be at all the case in The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. It’s one of those books that makes you want to curl up inside it – or at least with it – and settle in for a nice cozy winter’s read.

I was captivated by this book the moment I started reading it. The words flow lyrically and naturally all at once, a testament both to the talent of the author and the translator.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is, at its heart and soul, a love letter to books. If you are a fellow book nerd, you will instantly bond with Sara and cheer her pursuit to make readers of the town of Broken Wheel. Avid readers will find old friends tucked away in Broken Wheel – nods to great literature both past and present abound.  They may even discover a few new reads to add to their TBR lists 🙂

If you are a fellow book nerd, you will instantly bond with Sara and cheer her pursuit to make readers of the town of Broken Wheel.

The story created on these pages is so much more than an ode to books though.  It is a poignant portrait of small town Midwest America, a delightful tribute to friendship that crosses all barriers, and a (mostly) gentle nudge to anyone who has been hiding their true selves behind a shell of insecurity.  The characters give the book vivid dimension and, in my opinion, boost it from being merely a great book into award-winning territory. (In fact, it is already an International Bestseller and an Indie Regional Bestseller.)  Nearly every reader will be able to find a kindred spirit in Broken Wheel, though they may not always be found in the most likely characters.

This reader of Central Kentucky recommends this sweet story full of humor and warmth, with smart writing, touches of romance, and oodles of books.

This reader of Central Kentucky recommends this sweet story full of humor and warmth, with smart writing, touches of romance, and oodles of books. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend would make a great book club selection. In fact, it would make a fantastic movie.  Though the book would, of course, be infinitely better.

(This is a book written for the general market and does contain some profanity. Sexual situations are merely alluded to but not described.)

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