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The Resource The book of speculation, Erika Swyler ; with illustrations by the author

The book of speculation, Erika Swyler ; with illustrations by the author

Label
The book of speculation
Title
The book of speculation
Statement of responsibility
Erika Swyler ; with illustrations by the author
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home--a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, and seldom calls. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious package from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of Amos and Evangeline, doomed lovers who lived and worked in a traveling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes, sketches, and whimsical flourishes; and his best friend and fellow librarian, Alice, looks on in increasing alarm. Why does his grandmother's name, Verona Bonn, appear in this book? Why do so many women in his family drown on July 24? Could there possibly be some kind of curse on his family--and could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in six years, risk the same fate in just a few weeks? In order to save her--and perhaps himself--Simon must try urgently to decode his family history while moving on from the past. The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books and family and magic"--
Summary
Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, finds a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations
Storyline
Tone
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Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10423801
Cataloging source
LPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Swyler, Erika
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Librarians
  • Family secrets
  • Books and reading
  • FICTION
  • Books and reading
  • Family secrets
  • Librarians
Target audience
adult
Label
The book of speculation, Erika Swyler ; with illustrations by the author
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn951781953
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Extent
viii, 376 pages
Isbn
9781250055637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)951781953
Label
The book of speculation, Erika Swyler ; with illustrations by the author
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn951781953
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Extent
viii, 376 pages
Isbn
9781250055637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)951781953

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