ABOUT THE BOOK - LOVE, DEATH & RARE BOOKS (Biographical fiction/family life)
(Delphinium Books, March 17, 2020) Chas. Johnson & Sons (a bookstore) has been a family operation for three generations—grandfather, father and son. But when it comes time for Gabe Johnson to take the reins of the business, the world of books has changed, and the combination of the internet and inner city rents, forces the store to close. But instead of folding his hand, Gabe decides to risk everything he has and reopen the shop—and, in a sense restart his life—in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan. Haunted his entire life by an obsession with a former lover, he finds her again only to be faced with yet another even more difficult challenge that threatens the well-being of the revival of the bookstore as well as the fate of his rekindled relationship.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Robert Hellenga is an American novelist, essayist, and short story author. His seven novels include The Sixteen Pleasures, The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons, Philosophy Made Simple, The Italian Lover, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, and The Confessions of Frances Godwin. In addition to these works, he has written a novella along with a collection of short stories in The Truth About Death and Other Stories. Hellenga has also published scholarly essays and literary or travel essays in various venues, including The National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, and The Gettysburg Review.