The Bookshop (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald (1978).  I had never heard of Fitzgerald until I recently read a short magazine piece calling her one of Britain’s best writers of the 20th century.  This is a very short novel, only 123 pages, but it packs a punch.  It’s about a youngish widow who decides to invest what money she has into opening a bookshop in her small backwater town.  In doing so, she crosses one of the town’s leading citizens.  It’s a pretty steely view of small-town life, for sure.  I liked it and will look for more of Fitzgerald’s books.

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