The Night Bookmobile, by Audrey Niffenegger

Oh, Audrey. I know we’ve had our differences before, but I was hoping that maybe if you wrote another book with a librarian in it, we’d be good as new. Sadly, I am still ambivalent.

This is a super-duper short story, told in a graphic format, and there’s not much I can say without giving the whole thing away. Baaaasically, there’s a thing called a Night Bookmobile, which is a sort of mobile library that comes when you need it. Or something. And it holds all of the things you’ve ever read in your life. And the main character, Alexandra, finds her bookmobile and becomes a little obsessed with it, as I imagine one might.

And so that’s an interesting premise, but then the story goes a little crazy at the end, there, and a whole host of issues crop up that would be interesting to address but that do not get addressed. Niffenegger writes in the “After Words” that this is the first installment of a larger work, so I hope that perhaps I will get to see that larger work and that it will tell me what the heck is going on.

Recommendation: Eh, it’s a quick read and it’s certainly ripe for discussion… probably an interesting pick for a voracious reader.

Rating: 5/10
(A to Z Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

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