The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

  • by Katarina Bivald
  • Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Lorelei King
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A debut novel to charm all listeners that shows beyond all doubt that it's books, along with love, that make the world go round.
It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters, and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life - has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time - bravely decides to accept her unknown friend's invitation to visit. But when she arrives, she finds her house empty, the funeral guests just heading home....
Sara finds herself alone. And what choice do the inhabitants of Broken Wheel have but to take care of their bewildered tourist? And what choice does Sara have, faced with a town where nobody reads and her desire to honour her friend, but to set up the perfect bookshop with all the books she and Amy shared - from Yann Martel's Life of Pi to Iris Murdoch and Jo Nesbo, to Bridget Jones and Doug Coupland's All Families Are Psychotic to Little House on the Prairie? And then watch as the townsfolk are, one by one, transformed in unexpected ways....
In the glorious tradition of 84 Charing Cross Road, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club, Jane Austen, and movies such as You've Got Mail and Love Actually, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a big-hearted, witty book about books, friendship, love - and always being open to the unexpected.

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a totally lovely tale

Not one I would've picked but went on a . what a story showing how the human spirit & change can turn a bad situation around, with a gentle smattering of romance for good measure
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- Lol

Easy read

This is an easy comfortable read that feels inclusive of all. It is author's debut novel translated from Swedish. I had never heard of book or author and chose it as on Richard and Judy bestseller list.
Sara (the heroine) like the author Bivald is a total bookworm. Bivald used to work in a bookshop and lives surrounded by books in her native Sweden.
Sara is 29 years old and this is her first trip out of Sweden. Sara has enjoyed a 'pen-pal' relationship with Amy Harris an intellectual and bookish older person living in 'Broken Wheel' Iowa.
The name 'Broken' suits the town as it has lost its way but its people are kind and welcoming. Amy invites Sara to visit.
Sara arrives to find out Amy has died but the townspeople rally to support her. Sara finds a library of books in Amy's bedroom.
Sara with help of towns people opens a bookstore in Amy's old shop and immediately begins matching people with books very successfully. She endears herself with local people and they come up with an ingenious way to keep her.
There is friendship love plus shared understanding acceptance, inclusion of difference in this book. The narrative was good and added to the enjoyment. I would recommend it.
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- Amelia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-01-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio