The Borrower

Version: Unabridged
Author: Rebecca Makkai
Narrator: Emily Bauer
Genres: Literature
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: June 2011
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes
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Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, is unsure where her life is headed. That becomes more than a figure of speech when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home and Lucy finds herself in the surprise role of chauffeur. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and dubious family history thrown in their path. But who is actually running away? And from what?

Reviews (1)

Written by Andrew S. on September 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Every once in a while you come across a novel where the characters are lovable, so believable and the story sucks you in. This is not that story. The characters are pathetic stereotypes who you start to actually hate and the story is so manufactured. The only real part is your relief when you finally get to the end. The narrator irritated me too but I believe that was just a product of the subject matter.

Author Details

Author Details

Makkai, Rebecca

Rebecca Makkai s stories have been anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009", and "2010", and have appeared in "Tin House, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review", and on NPR s "Selected Shorts". Makkai teaches elementary school and lives north of Chicago with her husband and two daughters.