The Borrower: A Novel
By Rebecca Makkai
(Viking Adult, $26)
Were you a kid who read under the covers with a flashlight? Then Rebecca Makkai wrote her fantastic debut novel, The Borrower, just for you — or it will feel that way as you identify with the sad yet funny tale of children’s librarian Lucy Hull and her favorite patron, fifth grader Ian Drake. Ian runs away to live in the library (shades of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, one of many clever nods to children’s classics). The two then hit the road together in a novel that charmingly celebrates the power of the written word.
“Sometime after he said the word pause, I went mad and landed in the hospital.”