From the author of the "luminous [and] gorgeous" (Susan Wiggs) Haunting Jasmine comes a glorious new novel that reaches straight into to the heart to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit... "I wonder how my carefully planned life could have tipped so far out of balance?" Into the quaint town of Fairport on Shelter Island comes Lily Byrne, a young widow who is not so much running from the old but rather edging toward something new and indefinable. Here in the peaceful Pacific Northwest, newly engaged in her vintage clothing boutique, she hides from the world. But Lily knows that solitude can't sustain her forever. Somehow, somewhere, something's got to give. It does, with the unexpected arrival of an exuberant little cat. As Lily searches for the cat's true home, she embarks on a journey just as unpredictable--one of healing and renewal that opens up a whole new world in this small island community she now calls home. Saved by the hidden graces of others, she even allows herself to fall in love again. But how much of this is serendipity? How much is destiny? As Lily starts looking at herself, and her life, in an enlightening new way, she can't help but also wonder, how long can such good fortune last?
Read Anjali Banerjee's blog and other content on the Penguin Community. A charming new novel that "will haunt the reader long after the final page is turned." -New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs. A call from the past brings divorcee Jasmine Mistry home to Shelter Island to run her beloved aunt's bookstore, which has always been rumored to be haunted. With that knowledge, Jasmine embarks on a mystical journey, urged along by her quirky family, and guided by the highly emotional spirits of long-dead authors. Surprisingly, she finds herself moved to heal her broken heart when she falls unexpectedly in love with an enigmatic young stranger.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Lina Ray has a knack for pairing up perfect couples as a professional matchmaker in San Francisco, but her well-meaning, highly traditional Indian family wants her to get married. When her Auntie Kiki introduces Lina to the bachelor from hell at her sister's wedding in India, Lina panics and blurts out, "I'm engaged!" Because what's the harm in a little lie? Who's sari now? Lina scrambles to find a real fiancé because Auntie Kiki will be coming to America soon to approve the match. But date after disastrous date gets her no closer to her prince -- until an actual prince arrives on her doorstep. Lina hasn't been able to stop fantasizing about traditional but dashing Raja Prasad since she met him in India. In fact, her imaginary fiancé has begun to resemble him! Now Raja is in San Francisco and wants Lina to find a suitable bride for his brother. Though they live oceans apart, Lina longs to bridge the gap. But when her fantastic fib catches up with her, life is suddenly like a Bollywood flick gone horribly wrong. Lina may have an over-developed fantasy life, but she certainly never imagined things would turn out like this!
Érase una vez una vieja librería en la pequeña y lluviosa isla de Shelter Island...A ese lugar tan especial, donde los libros parecen tener vida propia, llega un día Jasmine, dispuesta a hacerse cargo del negocio mientras la propietaria, su tía Ruma, viaja a la India para curar su corazón cansado.Sola en medio del polvo y el desorden, la joven intenta dar un toque de modernidad al local, colocando títulos nuevos y llamativos en el escaparate, pero muy pronto los clásicos de siempre imponen su presencia, y los autores vivos y muertos revolotean por las estanterías dejando oír su voz.Así Jasmine vuelve a descubrir a Shakespeare y a Edgar Allan Poe, y no solo eso: la chica aprende a escuchar a sus clientes, a comprender lo que de verdad buscan en una novela o en un manual de cocina, y acabará encontrando al hombre con quien compartir todos los libros de su vida.La librería de las nuevas oportunidades es a la vez una fábula romántica y un homenaje a la buena literatura porque a menudo es ahí, en las páginas amarillentas de un libro olvidado, donde están las palabras que pueden cambiar nuestra vida."Dedico esta novela a todos los libreros, estén donde estén. Ellos son los que nunca se cansan de vender sueños."Anjali Banerjee
En aquest indret tan especial, on els llibres tenen vida pròpia, un dia hi arriba Jasmine, disposada a fer-se càrrec del negoci mentre la propietària, la seva tieta Ruma, viatja a lÍndia per guarir el seu cor cansat.Tota sola, entre la pols i el desordre, la jove prova de donar un toc de modernitat al local, exposant títols nous i atractius a laparador, però ben aviat els clàssics de sempre imposen la seva presència i els autors vius i morts es passegen per les prestatgeries fent sentir la seva veu.La Jasmine torna a descobrir Shakespeare i Edgar Allan Poe, i no només això: aprèn a escoltar els seus clients, a comprendre el que realment busquen en una novel·la o en un manual de cuina, i acabarà trobant lhome amb qui compartir tots els llibres de la seva vida.La llibreria de les noves oportunitats és alhora una faula romàntica i un homenatge a la bona literatura, perquè, molt sovint, és a les pàgines que ja groguegen dun llibre oblidat on trobarem les paraules que poden canviar la nostra vida."Dedico aquesta novel·la a tots els llibreters, siguin on siguin. Ells no es cansen mai de vendre somnis."Anjali Banerjee
Anu's beloved grandfather Bapu moved from India to Anu's home in the Pacific Northwest when Anu was small, and Anu is devastated when Bapu dies. But when he is visited by Bapu's ghost, he knows that there must be a way to bring him back to life -- he's just not sure how. Anu enlists his friends Izzy and Unger to help him. From shaving his head to making up fortunes in the hope of becoming more holy, Anu tries everything. He even journeys to the island of the Mystery Museum. Perhaps there, Karnak the Magician will be able to help? "From the Hardcover edition. "
Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray longs to be a veterinarian, but she's never had a pet. This summer, she's going to spend a month with her uncle Sanjay, veterinarian and owner of the Furry Friends Animal Clinic on an island off the Washington coast. Poppy is in for big surprises. She loves tending to the dogs, cats, and even a bird, and she discovers the fun of newborn puppies and the satisfaction of doing a good job. But she learns that there's more to caring for animals than the stethoscope and cotton swabs in her Deluxe Veterinarian First-Aid Kit. She's not prepared for quirky pet owners, gross stuff, or scary emergencies. With help from a boy named Hawk, a chunk of seaglass, and a touch of intuition, Poppy gains a deeper understanding of the pain and joy of working with animals. With warmth and humor, Anjali Banerjee tells the story of a resourceful, determined girl who can't wait to grow up, but begins to realize just how much she has left to discover.
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