A Very Special Year by Thomas Montasser

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While attempting to be whimsical and delightful, this tiny novel feels just a bit too precious and pleased with itself. In the end, it’s not so special.
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"It’s not true that booksellers look after books; they look after people. A VERY SPECIAL YEAR is a declaration of love to the guardians of literature and book doctors all over the world – an absolute gem."
— Nina George, NYT bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

When young businesswoman Valerie takes over the bookshop owned by her aunt — who has vanished without trace — her intention is to bring some order to the chaos, and then sell the business. But she has underestimated the power of this little store. As she spends her days in an old armchair, losing herself in books by Italo Calvino and Gustav Flaubert as well as Jonathan Safran Foer and Shahriar Mandanipour, she finds herself in thrall to the life of a bookseller — including the resident bookstore rat (yes, rat, not cat) and the chaotic shelving system.

One day she stumbles upon a mysterious book with an unfinished ending. Valerie thinks it must be a defective copy, but when a customer turns up searching for that very book, her view of the shop – and world – is never the same.
 

About Thomas Montasser

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THOMAS MONTASSER is a poet and novelist. He founded Montasser Media Agency with his wife twenty-five years ago, and it is now one of the leading literary agencies in Germany. Thomas is a self-confessed bibliophile, and lives in Munich with his wife and three children.JAMIE BULLOCH studied modern languages at Bristol University and obtained an MA in Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) as well as a PhD in interwar Austrian history. He has taught German language and Central European History at SSEES, UCL and King's College, London and Warwick University. His recent literary translations include Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes (MacLehose Press), which has been long-listed for the 2016 IMPAC award, Raw Material by Jörg Fauser (Clerkenwell Press) and Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm (Vintage). He lives in London with his wife and three daughters.
 
Published May 16, 2016 by Oneworld Publications. 198 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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on May 03 2016

While attempting to be whimsical and delightful, this tiny novel feels just a bit too precious and pleased with itself. In the end, it’s not so special.

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