4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this. It defies description or characterization. It’s a slightly weird combination of quest, fantasy (without swords, horses, or dragons), and literary fiction (which I tend not to like because it’s more about the writing than the plot and characters). I’ll be thinking about this one for awhile.
From the jacket copy:
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. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.