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Victoria Josslin: The Bookstore of Other Languages


Bryce Hanford, aimless, drifting, and stuck, needs a spark of energy. He finds it at The Bookstore of Other Languages (“offering effortless fluency in any language through a simple and safe outpatient procedure”). Always helpful, never trustworthy, The Bookstore leads Bryce, his family, his girlfriend, his true love (oops), a couple of fraudulent co-conspirators, and a deus ex machina of questionable ethics from Seattle to Tirana to Paris, with a slight detour to Manaos. While Bryce finds it in himself to handle fraud, smuggling, and a friend’s sudden cancer diagnosis, not to mention handling Cousin Brenda, he also finds that what he really wants is someone who speaks his own language.