An Imperfect Librarian

Author: Elizabeth Murphy
Genre: Fiction
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: September 25, 2008
ISBN: 1-55081-247-5
EAN: 978-1-55081-247-3

Carl knows more than most how hard it can be to find one’s place in an imperfect world.

Abandoned by his mother, scorned by his father, cuckolded by his wife, too tall, too naive, too unlucky, even the dogs are laughing behind his back.

Carl has one good thing going for him and that’s his friends. They’re generous with advice and lessons. Cyril is teaching him how to pass for a Newfoundlander. Edith’s got a woman’s eye on him. Norah is teaching him how to swim, row and to love again, and Henry’s got a plan sure to solve all Carl’s problems.

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“Splendid, clever and entertaining”

– Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading, and The Library at Night

“A great book for people who love books, read books, collect books, catalogue books, treasure books, memorize books, covet books, crave books or ferret books away.”

– Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Newfoundland and Labrador has produced yet another very fine writer. Elizabeth Murphy’s An Imperfect Librarian is clever and compassionate, witty and heartfelt. Laced with surprises and humour, it is a wonderfully entertaining read. ”

– Leo Furey, author of The Long Run

“Witty and sharp, full of stinging one-liners, An Imperfect Librarian is a brisk and memorable journey through the workaday lives of some delightfully arresting characters.”

– Paul Butler, author of 1892 and NaGeira

“An Imperfect Librarian is a quirky, witty novel with a great deal to offer — in particular, the best fictional depiction yet of what it feels like to be a ‘come from away’ in the city where everybody knows everyone’s name.”

– Trudy Morgan-Cole, critic/author of The Violent Friendship of Esther Johnson and By the Rivers of Brooklyn

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