A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.
Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda's life. She doesn't hear about him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt.When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books--now as its owner--she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store's shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy's last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy's past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda's mother has kept hidden--and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It's a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
Amy Meyerson teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. She has been published in Reed Magazine, The Manhattanville Review, The Bloomsbury Review, The Fanzine and Obit Magazine, and was a finalist in Open City's RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest and in Summer Literary Seminars's Unified Literary Contest. She currently lives in Los Angeles. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is her first novel.
"Meyerson writes beautifully, with lush descriptions of LA and believable interactions between characters. Prospero Books is warm, inviting, and populated with lovably quirky employees readers will want to get to know. A lovely look at loss, family, and the comfort found in a good bookstore."--Kirkus Reviews
"Terrifically fun... Part riddle, part mystery, part family drama, part a bookstore lover's dream, and then more." --Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"
[Meyerson's] affection for all things literary pours forth on every page and through a cast of characters every book lover will embrace." -- Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale
"This delightful, propulsive debut is part cozy literary mystery, part family drama, and 100% heart. [A] page-turner in the best sense." -- J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
"I was hooked from the start.... An homage to books--to the pleasures they can bring, and the loving connections they can conjure." --Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
"In her heartfelt debut, Meyerson brings readers on a scavenger hunt full of literary clues and family secrets.... Filled with quotes from and allusions toThe Tempest, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Jane Eyre, Meyerson's evocative novel is a fun homage to book lovers and the eclectic spirit of L.A." --Publishers Weekly
"Captivates with its emotional honesty, fully realized characters, and precision of detail... Meyerson is a writer to watch." --Diane McKinney-Whetstone, bestselling author of Tumbling and Lazaretto
"A heartfelt triumph! This suspenseful scavenger hunt will keep the pages turning late at night." -- Suzanne Rindell, author of Eagle & Crane and The Other Typist
"[A] charming novel, full of passion and suspense." --Judith Freeman, author of The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved
"The best kind of hybrid--part mystery, part romance, part family drama. I devoured it!" --Emily Jeanne Miller, author of The News from the End of the World
"Meyerson's debut is a sweet read filled with family, love, and healing. Readers who enjoy Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber will be charmed by this tale of self-discovery and new beginnings." --Library Journal