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An Imperfect Librarian
by Elizabeth Murphy

An Imperfect Librarian by Elizabeth Murphy

ISBN: 1-55081-247-5
EAN: 978-1-55081-247-3
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Price: CDN$17.95

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Book Description
Carl knows more than most how hard it can be to find one’s place in an imperfect world. Abandoned by his mother, scorned by his father, cuckolded by his wife, too tall, too naive, too unlucky, even the dogs are laughing behind his back. Carl has one good thing going for him and that’s his friends. They’re generous with advice and lessons. Cyril is teaching him how to pass for a Newfoundlander.

Edith’s got a woman’s eye on him. Norah is teaching him how to swim, row and to love again and Henry’s got a plan sure to solve all Carl’s problems.

Unfortunately, in Carl’s world, lessons are always learned too late and fools pay a lifetime of regret to become an ounce wiser. There is no reward for innocence, no guarantee of trust and no lack of ambiguity. Yet, it’s a world where even the most imperfect can claim their share of happiness and where a single day of fine weather can make up for the worst of seasons.

Reviews:
“This story is as wild, fierce and moving as the landscape that forms its backdrop, where a dry wit and wry temper are the best shields against a crazy winter and a crazier bureaucracy… a great book for people who love books, read books, collect books, catalogue books, treasure books, memorize books, covet books, crave books or ferret books away.”
– Joan Sullivan

“Newfoundland and Labrador has produced yet another very fine writer. Elizabeth Murphy’s An Imperfect Librarian is clever and compassionate, witty and heartfelt. Laced with surprises and humour, it is a wonderfully entertaining read. ”
– Leo Furey

“Witty and sharp, full of stinging one-liners, An Imperfect Librarian is a brisk and memorable journey through the workaday lives of some delightfully arresting characters.”
– Paul Butler

About the Author
Elizabeth Murphy is an award-winning researcher and non-fiction writer from Newfoundland. She has fond memories of earlier years before she became a professor at Memorial University when she was working in a public library shelving books and taking her breaks in a basement filled with shelf after shelf of old, discarded books full of secrets and stories. She lives in St. John’s with her small library, grown son and illiterate but nonetheless communicative pooch. "An Imperfect Librarian" is her first novel.


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