The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Author(s): Robert Hillman

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Tom Hope doesn't think he's much of a farmer, but he's doing his best. He can't have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It's only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom's heart breaks all over again. Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic small town bookseller- the second Jew - and the most vivid person - Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy. But it is 1968- twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.

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`While it may not be a novel's main purpose, certainly one of its pleasures can lie in how it witnesses the history of the form itself...Robert Hillman's Joyful is most immediately a nineteenth-century novel, a detailed work that portrays an entire, sealed world of complex and ultimately connected storylines.' * Australian Book Review, on Joyful * `Counting against all [the] business is Hillman's gift for compelling characters, the elegance of his prose and his genius with inventive, surprising dialogue.' * The Saturday Paper, on Joyful * `Hillman's prose is a pleasure to read, elegantly alert to the paradox of strong feeling [and] full of poetry.' * Australian, on Joyful *

Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award, and Joyful, published by Text in 2014. He lives in Melbourne.

General Fields

  • : 9781925603439
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : April 2018
  • : Australia
  • : April 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Hillman
  • : Robert Hillman
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 320
  • : 320