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A Novel Bookstore

A book for book lovers, A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse tellls the tale of Ivan George (Van), a bookseller on a quest to create "the perfect bookstore" selling only good books. This presents a challenge to Van. What is a good novel? Van, and his financier Francesca, decide to ask eight writers who they consider to be the most important writers of their time. They then create a bookstore called "The Good Novel" (They also created a website, which was put together so the reader can access it). After its opening, the bookstore does great, getting a loyal base of customers and solid sales. Then, things take a turn for the worse. Rival bookstores open, and negative stories come out about The Good Novel. One reviewer said, "By twisting in a plot of star-crossed lovers, talented writers with hidden powers, mediocre writers gone mad, standardless publishers gone green, crummy bookshops gone empty, and witless critics gone ignored, Cossé makes her book an engaging love story and also a gripping story of deceit, revenge, and despair." I couldn't agree more. A Novel Bookstore is the perfect story about a perfect bookstore. The novel brings up a number of questions, such as, what makes a book good - is it because of the author who wrote it, the critics love it, or because your friends and family recommend it? For me, it is a mix of all three. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and don't get turned off by the confusing beginning! Rating: ★★★★

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