The Bookman’s Tale: a Novel of Obsession by Charles C. Lovett
The final book for our reading year has been chosen and it looks like it will be an interesting read. As Linda put in her email vote “I LOVE obsessions”. That it is an obsession that is intertwined with a bookseller, Shakespeare, and the English countryside seems to hit quite a few interests of the Bookplates… See below for a brief description from Amazon.
“Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.
As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.”
June’s other suggested reads included:
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman