Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

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"A REAL TOUR DE FORCE [AND] A BEAUTIFUL FABLE...THE READER IS SWEPT ALONG BY SLOAN'S ENTHUSIAM."—GEORGE SAUNDERS, BLIP MAGAZINE

 

"A book about passion—for books, for history, for the future...There is nothing about Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore that I didn't love."Cory Doctorow

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco Web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few and never seem to buy anything; instead, they "check out" obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Clay concludes the store must be a front for something larger and engineers a complex analysis of the clientele's behavior with the help of his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls.

Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

 

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