June Online Book Discussion: “The Bookman’s Tale” by Charlie Lovett

Copies of this month’s book are available at either library and participants are encouraged to read the book and post their comments anytime during the month. These discussions are open to the public and all participants are welcome. The comments will be monitored before they are posted.

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June’s title is The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett.
cover of The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
Antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly immerses himself in his trade to overcome grief from the loss of his beloved wife a few months earlier. Now plying his trade in England’s Cotswolds instead of the North Carolina site of his tragedy, Byerly happens across a small watercolor portrait of a woman who looks startlingly like his late wife. And so begins an obsessive hunt to find out the origins of this painting. (Booklist.)

2 thoughts on “June Online Book Discussion: “The Bookman’s Tale” by Charlie Lovett

  1. Martha Lee Reynolds

    I mostly agree with Lois though I did enjoy wondering about the mystery. I know my sister would enjoy The Bookman for the Shakespeare references, however. My from children I have learned that journalism and creative writing schools are teaching the technique of what I call “forwards and backwards” to maintain interest in the story. It’s all over the place in new writing these days. A little bit would be OK but really if the plot needs a strategy to maintain interest maybe the plot itself needs work. I myself would never have gone that tunnel and probably not have entered the chapel without propping the door carefully and solidly open. After all that, The Bookman still was light entertainment.

  2. Lois

    I had great hopes for this story, but it seemed to drag through many parts. I greatly enjoy historical novels, but the amount of characters and their involvement with the Shakespeare works got very confusing, especially when at least two chapters from another time period come in-between. Didn’t care for the personality of Peter Byerly, but it did improve at the end. Plot line of trying to discover the person in the water color seemed to get lost in the story.


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