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The Borrower

8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781611744484. $73; 8 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
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Makkai's debut novel blends a literary adventure road trip with thought-provoking self-discovery. Young Ian, the son of fundamentalist Christians, and Lucy, a children's librarian, end up unlikely companions traveling cross-country east from Hannibal, MO. The title contains multiple literary references, from Madeline to Lolita to Goodnight, Moon and many more, and touches on issues such as censorship and parental relationships. The pro-gay rights message and the portrayal of Christians as gay people's enemy may offend some listeners. Actress and voice-over professional Emily Bauer clearly narrates this fascinating and entertaining tale of how books change lives and how self-reflection may ultimately lead you back home. Of interest to fans of literary fiction. ["Overall, a stylish and clever tale for bibliophiles who enjoy authors like Jasper Fforde and Connie Willis," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 3/1/11; also an Editors' Spring Pick, LJ 2/15/11.—Ed.]—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY

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