The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
Robert Hillman is the award winning, internationally published author and co-author of more than one hundred works of fiction, biography, autobiography and history including Joyful, The Mouth That Roared and The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Join Lucia Nardo as she chats with Robert about his latest novel, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, his writing career and his work to get the stories of others told.
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 smalltown 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 batttle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.
Hillman’s ability to conjure up the rhythms and texture of rural life is a source of joy…This is a novel about the importance of freedom as well as the redemptive qualities of love – and how facing up to the past can be the key to both freedom and love.’ Saturday Paper
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