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From the author of the much-loved novel Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore comes a follow-up about a life-changing loaf of bread.
Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?
‘There is nothing about Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that I didn’t love.’
‘A real tour de force [and] a beautiful fable…The reader is swept along by Sloan’s enthusiasm.’
‘Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.’
‘A fable for the computer age, this jaunty colloquy, replete with pop-cultural references and pithy asides to the reader, celebrates the restorative power of friendship and the creative spirit in whatever form if manifests itself.'
‘Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore is an inventive Da Vinci Code bibliophilic romp. So visit Mr Penumbra’s “tall skinny bookstore” and enjoy Robin Sloan’s intriguing biblioverse.‘