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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel (edição 2017)

por Matthew Sullivan (Autor)

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"When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left."--… (mais)
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Título:Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Autores:Matthew Sullivan (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 336 pages
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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore evokes pain and suffering and sadness.
The story begins with a terrible death of one of the dispirited customers. Joey Molina hangs himself in the bookstore just before closing time and of course, Lydia Smith finds Joey. In Joey’s pocket, Lydia finds a picture taken at her 10th birthday celebration. Why does Joey have this picture? Lydia begins her search that began 20 years ago when her best friend, Carol O’Toole, and her parents were brutally murdered with a hammer and Lydia remained hidden under the kitchen sink. The symbolism of broken hands surfaces with David, Lydia’s boyfriend, and his hand partially chopped off by the garbage disposable and with the boiled in hot oil of Maya Patel, Raj’s mother, hand. The amazing quest of Joey to mislabel and encode books to express his journey to find his birth mother. The story shows the troubling misconception of the poor, of the drug dependent, and of troubled souls. Lydia displays that overcoming your situation remains probable. The ending comes as a surprise. ( )
  delphimo | Jan 25, 2021 |
Great story, horrible narrator ( )
  naoph | Jan 1, 2021 |
Great, interesting book until the last 5 pages... To me, the ending just feels somewhat inconclusive... ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
This book is quite mistitled. The publishers must have wanted to get in on the bookshop-based stories craze... this is not, despite what the title might suggest, a cosy mystery. It is a pretty dark crime novel. Similar themes to Gillian Flynn's novels but a bit more optimistic and less desolate. To me, Gillian Flynn's stories are charcoal black and this one is mid-tone grey, if cheerfulness could be rated on a colour scale.

There are two stories here that collide and intertwine - that of a young, somewhat disturbed man committing suicide in a bookshop and that of a two decade old crime where an entire family was brutally murdered but the killer was never found. The common factor is the protagonist, Lydia, who works at the bookshop, was a friend of the man who committed suicide and who is also the sole survivor of the family massacre. Lydia starts investigating the suicide after she finds that the dead man had left her coded messages and he had a childhood photo of her when he died, and she ends up digging into her past...

A compelling read and a satisfactory (to me) ending. My only criticism is that the characters all remained a little detached but that may have been deliberate. ( )
  JuliaMay | Dec 10, 2020 |
Not quite as good as I expected (the writing seems trite in the beginning but grows on you). More protagonist-discovery than mystery, since yes the clues help uncover the reason for Joey's death, but mostly they lead the main character to deal with her childhood trauma (I am reading a number of books these days about adult characters who have a crazy traumatic past). Somewhat happy American ending, somewhat predictable. The secondary characters are ill-treated in the book: Plath, for example, deserves more story and lines because she is so intriguing, yet she is nothing more than a car-lender and foil for Lydia. She is there when it is convenient for the author and disappears when she is not needed. Too bad. Same with the boyfriend. Both are spin-off options. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
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"When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left."--

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