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The Moment of Everything Paperback – September 2, 2014
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"Anyone with a romantic streak and a soft spot for independent bookstores (and crabby cats) will want to curl up in a cozy corner with this sweet and tender novel."―The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Shelly King's novel is any true book-lover's dream. Clever, honest, and satisfying, the book follows Maggie Dupres as she tries to find her way after being laid off from her Silicon Valley job. . . . I couldn't help but love 'The Moment of Everything.'"―The Baton Rouge Advocate
"One that gave this reader a few hours of smiles and pleasure. . . a great end to summer reading!"―Hudson Valley News
"Breezy, clever and at turns both touching and funny."―The Wichita Eagle
"King's charming debut will strike a chord with book lovers who have whiled away many an hour in a beloved local bookstore."―Booklist
"Sweet . . . the loving description of the classic used bookstore at the heart of the tale [is] described in such perfect detail, down to the musty scent. Readers may be inspired to run out and spend the afternoon in their own local shop."―Romantic Times magazine
"Shelly King has drawn up an exceptionally well-written book that has so much heart . . . There are enough twists and turns to keep you in suspense (and still in the dark) that you have to keep reading, telling yourself another 20 pages won't hurt."―http://oneticktobesick.blogspot.com/
"If the cast of Girls moved to the Silicon Valley and got tech jobs, if the correspondence in You've Got Mail took place in the pages of a used book, you might find The Moment of Everything at this hypercool intersection of retro appeal and modern smarts. Shelly King has drawn a perfect heroine for this very moment -- snarky enough to make you laugh and yet satisfyingly full of hope and soul. Thoroughly rooted in the now, but achingly in love with the past, The Moment of Everything is a book lover's book -- a warm-hearted illustration of the continuing relevance of books and bookstores in our modern culture that's sure to make readers fall in love."―Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky
"Populated with an endearing, eccentric cast of characters, and told with sharp Southern humor, The Moment of Everything is a gift for those who believe in the magic of bookstores...and in the power of books."―Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds
"Shelly King is among my all-time favorite writers. Her prose brims with beauty and her plots always pack a well-earned punch."―Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief
About the Author
Shelly King is a native Southerner who packed her bags and moved to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the Internet boom. She works for a major software company as a social media strategist and information architect. Her stories have been published in the GW Review, Epiphany, Slow Trains, the Dos Passos Review, and the Coe Review. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two big dogs, and a disapproving cat.
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The story that develops is a hiliarious, fast-paced ride as life happens to the characters, forcing many changes of plan. Debut novelist Shelly King crafts one comical sentence after another. (Re Maggie’s preferred reading: “No chick-litty books with cocktails and spiked heels on the cover for me. I wanted swashbucklers, with their virile chest and busting bodies. I guess I was just old-fashioned that way.”) Gradually, the story turns serious, with moments of sadness, poignancy, hope and joy. By the end, every one of the primary characters has changed and grown wiser. King leaves some loose ends, which leads me to hope Maggie’s story will continue for those of us she has charmed.
I like how Ms. King developed the characters of the main protagonist and other characters in a way that we feel we really get to know each one’s quirks and personalities. (That includes the Grendel the cat!)
Romance is a part of the story, sure, but also of complex inter-personal relationships we are all familiar with – relationships between daughter and mother, relationships between employee and boss and difficult co-workers, relationships between best friends and even with one’s community.
Ms. King explores these well, carefully weaving them into a carefully crafted plot and very entertaining read.
Lastly anyone who loves visiting and getting lost in used bookstores and the feel of used books in one’s hands will identify with this book. I know I did!
My highest praise for a book comes in the form of, "I miss the characters when the book is finished and grieve a little that I'm not able to spend more time with them." Louise Penny's fiction and this offering by Shelly King are prime examples.
Loved every page.
Loved the accurate portrayal of bookstore people: staff, customers, neighbors.
Loved the cameo that the SCA plays in the book--I've been in since 1988, and am currently serving as Prince of Cynagua.
Loved that the romance was strong and real without making you want to throw the book across the room because it was becoming the whole damned story.
Loved that the South was a minor note, not a major one--because the Bay Area kinda takes you over when you live there. (I may have mentioned before that I grew up in Sunnyvale; my parents still live there, and I get back pretty often.)
Loved Grendel the cat--he needs his own book.
Loved how Jason turned out to be one of the most complicated characters after first appearing to be the commonest of dead-end-retail-asshole.
Loved the perfect balance of classy and cursing.
Loved the inclusion of like-able, realistic LGBTQ folks without the neon sign saying "LOOK, GAY PEOPLE! I'M OKAY!" (I'm the proud dad of an LGBTQ kid.)
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