The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Generally a good story - somewhat eerie, somewhat magical, often with tragic overtones. Why did the bookseller send this broke reference librarian a book with his grandmother's name in it? Who was his grandmother? Is there a curse? Why is his sister reacting the way she is to the book? And what about the boyfriend? It's all a rather good melange but... well... maybe there could have been a little less pulling together of the loose ends at the very end? If that part had been a few chapters earlier, it might have been stronger as a "WHA??" moment for readers and allowed Simon time to react.
ARC provided by publisher.