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The Borrower

Fiction: Popular Fiction
Unabridged   10.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/09/2011

An O, The Oprah Magazine Summer Pick
An Indie Next Pick

The Borrower

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611744460
Digital Download ISBN:9781611744477


In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road.

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Product Description

Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, is unsure where her life is headed. That becomes more than a figure of speech when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home and Lucy finds herself in the surprise role of chauffeur.

The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan.

The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and dubious family history thrown in their path. But who is actually running away? And from what?


“How could any [one] of any age resist Rebecca Makkai’s charming The Borrower?”
      —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Makkai is clearly a lover of the public book-lending institution. Her careful, attentive approach seamlessly weaves literary lore into her unusual and touching story of a librarian fighting for social liberty and freedom of expression.”
      —The Washington Post

“A splendid first novel that cleverly weaves telling references to children’s books into her whimsically patchwork plot. Larger-than-life characters and an element of the picaresque add to the delights.”
      —Booklist [starred review]

“Rarely is a first novel as smart and engaging and learned and funny and moving as The Borrower. Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious.”
      —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Author Bio

REBECCA MAKKAI’s stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009, and 2010, and have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Makkai teaches elementary school and lives north of Chicago with her husband and two daughters.