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Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favourite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly anti-gay classes.
Rebecca Makkai's stories have been anthologised in the Best American Short Stories 2010, 2009, and 2008, and have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and on Public Radio's Selected Shorts. The Borrower is her first novel. She lives north of Chicago with her husband and two daughters. For more information visit Rebecca's website: www.rebeccamakkai.com