Contributor: Maya Fleischmann
December 5, 2023
"STORIES SET IN THE BOOK WORLD"
“In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.” ― Gail Honeyman, ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
There’s secrecy, seductiveness, and salvation in the world of books. If you are a listener who loves settings involving books, you’re in for a treat. The following compilation of tantalizing titles revolves around life inspired by books, on several levels. Many include library settings; all are about books, the people who write them, and/or the mystery behind the story.
by Patti Callahan Henry
Read by Cynthia Erivo, Patti Callahan Henry [Note] Simon & Schuster Audio
Next up is a haunting story about a woman finding a connection between past and present when she discovers the writer of a mysterious book of stories. Cynthia Erivo’s performance adds to the power of this dual-timeline audio about the alchemy of storytelling. In 1939 sisters Hazel and Flora Lea are separated when evacuated from London to escape the war. In 1960, Hazel, now a clerk at a rare bookshop, finds a book of the stories she once made up for her sister. Erivo’s quiet assurance conveys Hazel’s tender memories of her sister and Hazel’s determination to find her.