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From the Editor

As a book lover, one of my absolute favorite things is discovering an amazing book about none other than books. And what could make an already fantastic book about books even better? How about a curmudgeonly yet loveable bookseller, in a charming if antiquated bookstore, plus a feisty cat (or five)? And...what if that delightful tale were told entirely through hilarious emails, blog posts, journal entries, online reviews, letters, and more? Well, then you’d have Elizabeth Green’s incredibly funny and smart novel, Confessions of a Curious Bookseller.

In this sparkling gem of a tale, you will meet Fawn Birchill, proud owner of the Curious Cat Book Emporium, who is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to get to know. Despite her very misguided (and sometimes not-entirely-legal) efforts to save her beloved bookstore, Fawn’s big heart, quirky personality, and love of literature shine through. Her transformation may be equal parts cringey and endearing, and you may begin the journey as strangers, but my guess is you will end it with a new, beloved friend.

Perfect for fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and A Man Called Ove, Confessions of a Curious Bookseller is a breath of fresh air for anyone needing a little more laughter in their lives.

- Alicia Clancy, Editor

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"This whimsical tale delivers the goods." --Publishers Weekly

"Charming, witty, and daring--Elizabeth Green's debut is all that and more. A galloping epistolary novel that takes us along for the adventures (and misadventures) of Fawn, the owner of the Curious Cat Book Emporium, Confessions of a Curious Bookseller is the perfect story for anyone who's ever wondered if there was more to life. As Green's novel beautifully demonstrates, there is--you just have to summon the courage to go looking for it." --Camille Pagán, bestselling author of This Won't End Well

"In Confessions of a Curious Bookseller, Green pays clever homage to Flaubert's classic Madame Bovary, with an uplifting twist. While creating an imaginary world equal to the romantic stylings of Emma Bovary, Green's quirky and quixotic Fawn Birchill pulls back just in time--reminding us all that real life can be our greatest adventure and our richest experience." --Katherine Reay, bestselling author of The Printed Letter Bookshop and Of Literature and Lattes

"Confessions of a Curious Bookseller is such a rare treat. Readers will love every single colorful character, but especially Fawn Birchill, the eccentric, dramatic, exceedingly human (and hilarious, though she doesn't mean to be) bookstore owner. A beautiful story of growth, a book to be savored." --Suzy Krause, author of Sorry I Missed You and Valencia and Valentine

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Green graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in theater arts. They have contributed to McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Hobart, Wigleaf, Necessary Fiction, fwriction: review, and others. Their hobbies include native gardening and aikido. Hailing from Upstate New York--Greenwich, to be specific--Elizabeth now lives outside Philadelphia with their husband and two cats.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN : B087B7BD4D
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 January 2021)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3242 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 483 pages
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1.0 out of 5 stars DNF
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 December 2020
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The One With All the Books and Plants!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and heart-warming – but read it and judge for yourself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and heart-warming – but read it and judge for yourself
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 December 2020
When this came up on my Amazon First Read email, I have to say I didn’t really care for what it was about – it just had the word book bookseller in it and I clicked!
Any book about books, bookshops, and literature turns my head. Yet, I was quite surprised to find it was a succession of emails, letters, journal entries, etc.
But though I thought this would initially grind with me, it actually turned out to be a breath of fresh air.
I loved this book and yes, the use of various media, as opposed to a straightforward novel was perhaps a huge part of that love. But, more so because what transpired from a succession of emails, review comments, and journal entries was a better way of understanding the complexity of its main character.

Though I personally feel the negative reviews are unjust and unfair, I can see why the structure of this book might make people think twice. However, what I will say is that this distinctive way of writing made the entire book a lot more entertaining. You just need to put your notion of a typical book to one side and be willing to accept a different format. Just because it’s different, it by no means suggests it's not worthy of your reading time.

Yes, Fawn is a difficult and somewhat challenging character! She could be said to be an absolute nightmare, a fierce piece of work, and one with a tremendous amount of audacity, who really shouldn’t be responding in the written word on so many occasions (particularly when she’s had a bit to drink!)
But when you start to read between the lines, literally, especially the correspondence between her mother and sister, you begin to understand why she is the way she is. And this, unfortunately, I think is what some people have missed when reading the book - and this is such a shame for them.

Though it’s not always intended, Fawn's response to most things in life actually makes for some of the most laugh out loud moments. The incessant need to write an essay in response to those customers who dare criticize the store, the abruptness, and many digs she offers to local business and tradespeople who don’t budge with their prices.
Fawn is perhaps an uncomfortable character because she simply doesn’t comply with normal standards – but that’s what makes her compelling to read.
Most of her correspondence makes you wince, but at the same time, you can't help but sympathise with where it's coming from. Ultimately, her prickly and biting response is her shield due to the relationship she had with her father.

Yes, at times you go, ‘wow’, when you read some of her responses. But in her defence, it’s obvious she’s struggling, considering the drinking, and you see the way she feels continually judged by her mother and sister. This is why she’s so prickly and judgemental because she’s constantly on guard.
Added to all of this is the fight to keep an aging second-hand bookstore afloat which, like most such stores these days, simply can't compete with the competition anymore.

I needed a pick me up as we head towards a strange 2020 Christmas - and this book was the perfect remedy.
Yes, the structure isn’t the norm, but I think that allowed Elizabeth to explore the character of Fawn and present a more complex but fallible person as a result.
Ultimately, I would strongly suggest reading this one for yourself and making your own mind up.

For me, I cannot thank the author enough for the light-hearted relief and smile this book put on my face.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slow, not funny and with a dislikeable main character.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 December 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Funny About This Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 December 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me...
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