>> Monday, February 22, 2010
Jake's and Peewee's lives are turned on their ears when a carload of young women from a nearby university's library program descend on the town and decide to reinvent the local library. Jake falls in love with one of them, then finds his heart really and truly belongs to another. Peewee, meanwhile, may have a future not in a grease pit, but among the stacks in a library.
Things happen in the story--dead bodies are unearthed by a tornado and end up in the trees, a rival car shop goes to war with Jake and Peewee for opening up a shop of their own, and Jake builds a car of his own which he enters into a big race at the end--but you're never quite sure if this is Peewee's story, Jake's story, or one of the librarians' stories. There is resolution, but it doesn't feel tight. It feels, in many ways, like real life--interesting things happen, things don't always turn out like you think they will, people get older, and the story ends. Perhaps all too common in life, but not in fiction, and it all left this reader feeling a bit like I'd missed something at the end.
Peck is a great writer though, with a great ear for dialogue, and a light, easy touch with humor, making Here Lies the Librarian a worthwhile read despite its loose plot.