You guys, there are TOO MANY BOOKS that I’m dying to read. Here’s another one today: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett. Books about books (especially if there’s a little bit of fantasy/supernatural-ness included) are my genre kryptonite and this one sounds like it will just kill me. Here’s the synopsis:
Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.
As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays
If this sort of thing is your kryptonite as well, I have one copy to give away, courtesy of Viking Books, to someone with a US mailing address. To enter, fill out the form below by 11:59 pm Central on Sunday, June 2nd.