October 8, 2017
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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookshop
Robin Sloan

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(October 8, 2017)

Second reading of this charming romp about an unemployed, RISD-trained graphic designer who lands a night-shift job at an all-night North Beach bookstore that is, of course, more than what it seems. So, too, is the craft of this novel, for beneath the genre pastiche lies some lovely lyricism, surprising insight into the magic of technology, and a flair for drawing character or, more precisely, for depicting the narrator’s emotional response on encountering that character.