Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan
Fiction
Picador
September 24, 2013
Paperback
304
November 15, 2015

A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle 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 they never seem to buy anything--instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior, seeking help from 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, Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

Clueless Gent’s Review

When I think about books that are delightful to read, I think about Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

The characters in this book are wonderful when they bounce around your head.  And I don’t know why, but I’m just fascinated about anything related to the behind-the-scenes at Google!  I don’t know how accurate the information is, but it’s still fun to read.

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