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April Features:

Penelope Fitzgerald

These five books from English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald will charm and delight you. Read one or read them all and you'll soon understand why the LA Times calls Fitzgerald, "powerfully bewitching."

The true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy, and his desire to wed the twelve-year-old Sophie von Kühn. In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop in the seaside town of Hardborough. But by making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. The lives of a mixed bag of eccentrics living on the Battersea Reach of the Thames are entwined and complicated by one another in this Booker Prize winner. Moscow, 1913. Frank Reid returns from work one night to find his wife gone, leaving Frank to care for his three young children on his own. Enter Lisa Ivanovna, a quiet, calming beauty from the country, who might be much more than she seems. At Cambridge University in 1912, a physics student crashes into a beautiful young nurse on his bicycle. When they awake in the same bed they are left to ponder whether this was simply a random accident or perhaps something greater.