I joined the e-mail book club early this summer and this is the first book that immediately grabbed me. You see, I have been a volunteer librarian for over 3 years in a very tiny satellite library. I love it and wish I got my degree in Lib. Science (a long time ago)!
I grew up in the very same small town where I now volunteer, in the same library, though the original one-room building was knocked down about 30 years ago. Mom and us three kids drove to the post office at the "four corners" just about every weekday to pick up our mail. We had a rural route mailman, but my dad got tired of rebuilding our mailbox every spring after the snowplows and snowcutters demolished them! Remember snowcutters? Oh well, that's another story. Mom would make the library our second stop. I got to know the librarian (my Eugenie) and so looked forward to visiting her. After I went through all the children's books, she steered me into the ADULT SECTION. How special I felt at my young age. I was still only in gradeschool, but I read well. There's not much else to do in the summer in the country. That's why I related so well to your book.
By the time I was in junior high, I had read about every book (fiction) that our little library had to offer. I graduated to the "big city" library about ten miles away as I was old enough to be dropped off by Dad every Saturday while he went in to his office. Talk about heaven! I still have those feelings when I walk in a library or bookstore. To me, they are like a kid in a candy store. When new books arrive, I can't wait to rustle through the box. That's one of the perks of being a librarian. First dibs!!!
I reserved your book through our system and can't wait til it comes in! I think I will also look into your other writings. There's something about you that struck a chord in my heart. Thank you for writing.