Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

Savage, Sam, Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, Coffee House Press, $14.95.

Firmin is a story of a rat who lives in a bookstore, eats books (words) and understands the text of the stories he reads. When the bookstore is torn down to make way for urban renewal he goes in search of a new home.

Firmin is, at it's core, an outsider story about someone who never really fits into the world in which he finds himself.

I have a theory about helping people find books. I think all of us are ultimately searching for our story recreated and retold in many different ways, so my personal goal when I match people and books is to understand the story they identify with. The longer I know someone the better I get at finding just the right book.

A small novel, it is a bit different and will be something that a lot of people don't get. A few however, will really identify with with this story. It is also a book that a reader who want to challenge himself will really appreciate because it is so different.


BusyMOM said...

Love you blog and love your job! I'm jealous! My book club elected me to start a blog about it, so I am doing that and out there looking for other book club or book related blogs. I'll be reading yours! Thanks again.
BOA Book Club

A Librarian said...

I will be starting to post more regularly soon. Just taking a quick break:) Glad you like it.