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The Borrower

I just finished reading The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. The protagonist is a children’s librarian, and for that reason alone, I wanted to read it. Bonus: it turned out to be very funny and wise and suspenseful; the sort of book for adults that I actually like.

Here’s a quote from the last chapter, so I don’t forget it:

“I no longer believe I can save people. I’ve tried, and I’ve failed, and while I’m sure there are people out in the world with that particular gift, I’m not one of them. I make too much a mess of things. But books, on the other hand: I do still believe that books can save you.”

January 17th, 2013 in | Permalink



  1. I read The Borrower last year and adored it! I picked it up for the same reason (I’m a children’s librarian who, like the protagonist, works in the basement of an old brick library) and couldn’t read it fast enough. Happy to see someone else has enjoyed it, too!

    Comment by Rachel on January 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  2. I’m happy to see someone else has enjoyed it, too! And I’m assuming you are a children’s librarian who has not kidnapped one of your patrons, so, good job.

    Comment by Leila on January 22, 2013 at 3:02 am