Douglass Book Group
Join us to discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. After a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnome-like owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything. Instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavoir, seeking help fro mhis variously talented friends. When they show their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls. Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.