The Library at the Edge of the World

The Library at the Edge of the World

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition.
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When Hanna Casey discovered her high-flying barrister husband's longstanding affair, she left their London home and returned with her teenage daughter to the little village where she was born, on Ireland's Finvarra Peninsula. Now, after six years living with her widowed mother Mary, Hanna has settled into a dull job as a local librarian in the small nearby town of Lissbeg. On a whim she decides to spend her savings on a renovating a derelict two-room house on a patch of land inherited from her great aunt, and finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of Lissbeg's fragmented, neglected community. Hanna and those around her begin to rediscover the power of the past, the joys of the present and the courage to believe in the future.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Perennial,, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062663726
Characteristics: 340, 16 pages


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JessicaGma Jun 06, 2018

I really expected this to be more of one of those "she goes off to find herself after the relationship ends, add in cliches and voila, you know the tale" but this had more twists and unexpected characters. Yes, some feel it is a beach read, but what's wrong with that?? Hannah also grows as a main character so that is good. I look forward to more visits here at the Edge of the World

CircMary Apr 18, 2018

Looking for a gentle read for a change of pace? A library patron recommended this one to me, and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot had enough twists and turns to hold my interest and the characters had room to grow. Plus it centers around a library! This is the first of a series, so I am looking forward to revisiting this village soon.

SCL_Leanne Feb 15, 2018

The main character, librarian Hanna Casey, has come home to a bedroom in her mother’s monstrous retirement bungalow after an ugly divorce. Hanna tries many attempts to put her life in order which is no easy feat as she purposefully left her marriage with nothing. She finds a ramshackle cottage that her great aunt left her and she hires an eccentric contractor. They bump heads as they figure out how to work together. Hanna is against library programs, book clubs, sitting and visiting, computer classes etc. but as the library is threatened with closure Hanna with the dysfunctional community steps up to the fight. Towards the end the story feels very predictable but then the author throws in a surprise twist. A humorous story set in Ireland.

Jan 30, 2018

The first half of this book was more than tedious. Fortunately, I persevered and enjoyed the second half which really was the story. My recommendation is to read the first chapter and then skip to chapter 28

EscapesToBooks Jan 22, 2018

I so wanted to love this book. I just never felt absorbed in the story or engaged with the characters. Such unrealized potential.

Katherine_A Jan 14, 2018

The Library at the Edge of the World is a great debut novel that left me looking forward to more of this author's writing. The book follows Hannah, a librarian, who is renovating a house on the coast with the help of an eccentric contractor, and her assistant Conor, who runs a family farm and works at the library part-time. I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters, and appreciate that while the main character struggles with difficulties, she does not dwell on them. The story stays fairly light, which makes this a great vacation read.

Dec 25, 2017

51 year old woman finds herself reluctantly single and returns home to a small Irish town where she runs a barely viable library. She gets involved in the community, refurbishes an inherited, run-down cottage, and finds love. The setting is cute but the story is a bit of a beach read.

JCLAmandaW Dec 14, 2017

Cute story about an Irish woman who, after a failed marriage, returns home and tries to rebuild her life. When the library she works for is in danger of closing, she steps out of her comfort zone and finds her place in the community.

Oct 23, 2017

A library on the epic, lush west coast out of Ireland. Yes, please! Hanna has returned home to Ireland to live with her mom and raise her teen-age daughter after leaving her philandering husband. Leaving the cosmopolitan environment of London and her dreams to be an art librarian makes Hanna seem unapproachable to the citizens she serves with her library van. When the establishment puts forward a plan that will cause further hardship for many in her service area, Hanna finds herself connecting with a nun from the former convent next to her library and together they energize the surrounding communities to reconnect in a digital world.

What I really love about this story is the way Hanna's library/van begin to morph from the old, traditional ways into a more purpose-based library. When the library connects to and with their patrons, everyone benefits. It is also refreshing to see a budding romance avoid insta-love territory.

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