Publication Date: 06/07/2023 ISBN: 9781526646897 Category:

The Librarianist

Patrick deWitt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 06/07/2023 ISBN: 9781526646897 Category:





‘I absolutely adored it’ NINA STIBBE

**Selected as a Washington Post Book of the Summer**

From bestselling and award-winning author Patrick deWitt comes a novel about an ordinary man who thought life’s surprises were behind him – until a chance encounter changed everything


Bob Comet is a retired librarian passing his solitary days surrounded by books in a mint-colored house in Portland, Oregon. One morning on his daily walk he encounters a confused elderly woman lost in a market and returns her to the senior center that is her home. Hoping to fill the void he’s known since retiring, he begins volunteering at the center. Here, as a community of strange peers gathers around Bob, and following a happenstance brush with a painful complication from his past, the events of his life and the details of his character are revealed.

Behind Bob Comet’s straight man facade is the story of an unhappy child’s runaway adventure during the last days of the Second World War, of true love won and stolen away, of the purpose and pride found in the librarian’s vocation, and the pleasures of a life lived to the side of the masses. Comet’s experiences are imbued with melancholy but also a bright, sustained comedy; he has a talent for locating bizarre and outsized players to welcome onto the stage of his life.

With his inimitable verve, skewed humor, and compassion for the outcast, Patrick deWitt has written a wide-ranging and ambitious document of the introvert’s condition. The Librarianist celebrates the extraordinary in the so-called ordinary life, and depicts beautifully the turbulence that sometimes exists beneath a surface of serenity.


Praise for Patrick deWitt
‘A triumph from a writer truly in the zone’ Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
‘deWitt remains a true original’ Guardian
‘One of the most talented young writers around’ Sunday Times

Publisher Review

Praise for French Exit: ‘Made me so happy … Brilliant, addictive, funny and wise — Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less My favourite book of his yet — Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette Pure joy * Mail on Sunday * Buoyantly insane * New Yorker * Dazzling . deWitt writes in a gorgeously relaxed, freeform style, dabbing a clause here, a phrase there. The book is studded with tiny pleasures . Sharp and strange . DeWitt’s particular comic genius is to evoke the darkness behind the dazzle … Whichever style he adopts or genre he inhabits, deWitt remains a true original * Guardian *

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