Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel

Synopsis

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this “intriguingly dark, twisty” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. “Both charming and challenging” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review), Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a “multi-generational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal…inventive and intricately plotted” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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Chapters

  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 01 Open
    Duration: 26s
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 02 Ch1
    Duration: 08min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 03 Ch2
    Duration: 26min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 04 Ch3
    Duration: 15min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 05 Ch4
    Duration: 22min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 06 Ch5
    Duration: 33min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 07 Ch6
    Duration: 13min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 08 Ch7
    Duration: 11min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 09 Ch8
    Duration: 25min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 10 Ch9
    Duration: 19min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 11 Ch10
    Duration: 37min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 12 Ch11
    Duration: 29min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 13 Ch12
    Duration: 14min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 14 Ch13
    Duration: 08min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 15 Ch14
    Duration: 45min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 16 Ch15
    Duration: 17min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 17 Ch16
    Duration: 27min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 18 Ch17
    Duration: 17min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 19 Ch18
    Duration: 09min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 20 Ch19
    Duration: 12min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 21 Ch20
    Duration: 07min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 22 Ch21
    Duration: 11min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 23 Ch22
    Duration: 17min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 24 Ch23
    Duration: 20min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 25 Ch24
    Duration: 09min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 26 Ch25
    Duration: 13min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 27 Ch26
    Duration: 21min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 28 Ch27
    Duration: 24min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 29 Epilogue
    Duration: 17min
  • MidnightAtTheBrightIdeasBookstore 30 Close
    Duration: 36s

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