Carolyn Boehlke


As the librarian of the small town where she grew up, Florence Oneirik finds herself in a world of tremendous isolation. To cope with her loneliness, she seeks refuge in her books and finds companionship in the characters. However, as Stanley Kowalski, Atticus Finch, Harry Potter, and others become more and more real to her, Florence can feel her handle on reality beginning to slip away, and the characters start to take on lives of their own. Once she develops a relationship with Liam Jacheson, a patron of the library, Florence ultimately finds herself conflicted between living in a reality that demands she acknowledge her past and a fiction that allows her to escape but that she knows is false.
393 printed pages
Original publication

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