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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Category: Book
By (author): Sloan, Robin
Subject:  FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.68in
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From The Publisher*

A literary adventure story for the 21st century

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a web-design drone, and serendipity, sheer curiosity and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey have landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than its name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Instead they "check out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behaviour and roped his friends into helping him figure out just what's going on. But once they take their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the secrets extend far beyond the walls of the bookstore.

Evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or Umberto Eco, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

Review Quote*

"Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is one of those instant geek classics that gets right into the romance and magic of high-tech, a book akin to Cryptonomicon or Microserfs. . . . This is a geek's love poem to the 21st century, to design, to networks and to the delightful world of problems with chewy, crunchy solutions. Every page is filled with sweet humour and delightful, dorktastic people who are nerding out in the very best way about the stuff that matters to them. . . . There is nothing in this book that I didn't love." -CORY DOCTOROW, AUTHOR OF FOR THE WIN

Biographical Note

ROBIN SLOAN is a self-proclaimed media inventor and writer living in San Francisco. He grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State, where he studied economics and co-founded a literary magazine. Since then, he's worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter, figuring out the future of media. Visit his website at ...