Goodnight June: A Novel

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The New York Times bestselling author of Always and Blackberry Winter takes Goodnight Moon as inspiration for this remarkable story of friendship, love, and the mystery behind this beloved classic.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature.
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Sarah Jio lives in Seattle with her three young children and a geriatric golden retriever.
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Penguin
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Published on
May 27, 2014
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781101620038
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Rakoff paints a vibrant portrait of a bright, hungry young woman navigating a heady and longed-for world, trying to square romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the idea of a life with life itself. Charming and deeply moving, filled with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer. Above all, it is a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives and awaken our true selves. 


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Enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crain can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a journalist and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As she and Ryan leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense—everything connected and felt right. But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what—and whom—she wants.

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Praise for Always

“[Sarah] Jio’s novel is a fantastic read that explores the world of lost love in a poignant and beautiful way, while still being light and easy to digest. The protagonist is one whom readers can relate to. . . . Jio’s tale also beautifully blends stories from both the past and the present. . . . It’s a great read and comes with high recommendations.”—RT Book Reviews 

“Jio’s newest novel explores intersections of past and present and the complexities of love. . . . [Kailey] must confront her own past as she tries to figure out what she really wants. . . . Fans of Jio’s work will still find her signature emotional depth.”—Publishers Weekly

“A heartwarming story of personal growth and the power of nostalgia . . . Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emily Giffin should enjoy this warm and compassionate novel.”—Booklist

“Perfect for fireside reading.”—PopSugar

“When it comes down to it, Always isn’t just one love story. It’s layers of love stories to which everyone can relate. Choices, sacrifices, actions, reactions. All lead to true love.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“This quick beach read will appeal to those seeking a clean romance as well as to fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Karen White.”—Library Journal

“A beautiful combination of heartfelt struggles, deep connections and social issues that should not be ignored . . . Five stars indeed!”—Winter Haven Books

“Powerful, heartbreaking, and beautiful.”—Open Book Society
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June Andersen er en travel og vellykket finanskvinne i New York, men i privatlivet fungerer ikke alt like bra. Midt i en stresset hverdag får hun beskjed om at grandtanten Ruby, som hun hadde et nært forhold til som barn, er død. Det blir Junes oppgave å ta seg av boet – og dermed bestemme hva som skal skje med Blåfugl Bøker, den legendariske barnebokhandelen Ruby startet opp på 1940-tallet i Seattle.

Blant papirene grandtanten har etterlatt seg finner June en bunke brev som viser at Ruby brevvekslet med den berømte amerikanske barnebokforfatteren Margaret Wise Brown. Dermed åpner det seg også en helt ny historie, en historie som tvinger June til å foreta sitt livs valg.

«Delvis kriminalmysterium og delvis kjærlighetsroman, men også en påminnelse om at vi kan lære både å tilgi, angre (hvis det er nødvendig) og gå nye veier hvis det er det vi velger.» Bookreporter

«Sarah Jios herlige og oppløftende roman kommer garantert til å smelte selv de mest kyniske, og den fortjener toppkarakter.» Historical Novel Society

«Svært lesverdig […] en hyllest til familien og evnen til å tilgi.» Booklist

«Jeg gråt mot slutten av romanen, og det er en fortelling som vil bli værende hos meg lenge etter at den er lest. En av årets favoritter, og en bok du ikke bør gå glipp av.» chicklitplus.com

«Da jeg hadde lest den siste siden, strømmet tårene nedover ansiktet! Slutten var så vakker, og hvis Jios andre romaner er like velskrevne og vanedannende, tror jeg at jeg har funnet en ny favorittforfatter!» mynovelopinon.com

Sarah Jios bøker utgis i 22 land.

Остров Бора-Бора, 1943 год.Анна Кэллоуэй решает сбежать от наскучившей тепличной жизни и отправляется в качестве военной медсестры с подругой Кити на острова Французской Полинезии. Но вскоре подруги начинают отдаляться друг от друга. Анна знакомится с Уэстри Грином, обаятельным солдатом, которому удается развеять ее тоску о доме и о потерянной дружбе. Однажды они находят неподалеку от дикого пляжа старую заброшенную хижину, в которой когда-то жил известный художник. Пытаясь сохранить находку и свои зарождающиеся чувства в тайне, они становятся свидетелями жуткого происшествия...Сиэтл, наши дни.Женевьева Торп отправляет на имя Анны Кэллоуэй письмо, в котором говорится об убийстве, произошедшем много лет назад на острове Бора-Бора. Женевьева намерена пролить свет на случившееся, но для начала ей нужно поделиться с Анной важной информацией...
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