"Highlighting the joy of books and friendships this truly lovely novel is a hug in book form."
Just gorgeous, a feel-good novel that triumphs in the simplicity of friendship and books. When nine year old Schascha joins 72 year old Carl on his journey delivering books around the neighbourhood, a number of unlikely friendships are formed. Set in southern Germany, the sense of place quietly settled around me and drew me into the streets and those that resided within. Author Carsten Henn has created a several smaller stories that focus on other characters and weave around and join the main protagonists. The translation by Melody Shaw ensured I remained firmly within and acknowledged the differences while feeling right at home. All the characters pop with vibrancy and there was a feeling that any one of them could have featured as a lead in their own novel. Darkness resides in their lives, it felt entirely appropriate to spend time with them as they encountered tough times. It not only ensured that I quickly fell into the essence of who they were and became a part of them, it also added balance and stability to the plot. I absolutely adored the central theme of books and how they can bring changes as they become a part of us, and so this has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book. The Door-to-Door Bookstore is a delightful bright ray of sunshine I can highly recommend.
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|