Summer Hours At The Robbers Library: A Novel

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From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.  Halpern’s novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create.

People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems.

But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny—literally—assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They’re joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth.   

In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.


  • 001 Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

    Duration: 16s
  • 002 The Marriage Story Part I

    Duration: 29min
  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duration: 33min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 42min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duration: 51min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duration: 50min
  • 007 The Marriage Story Part II

    Duration: 21min
  • 008 Chapter 05

    Duration: 56min
  • 009 Chapter 06

    Duration: 26min
  • 010 Chapter 7

    Duration: 08min
  • 011 The Marriage Story Part III

    Duration: 01h13min
  • 012 Chapter 08

    Duration: 14min
  • 013 Chapter 09

    Duration: 14min
  • 014 The Marriage Story Part IV

    Duration: 17min
  • 015 Chapter 10

    Duration: 16min
  • 016 The Marriage Story Part V

    Duration: 33min
  • 017 Chapter 11

    Duration: 20min
  • 018 The Marriage Story Part VI

    Duration: 14min
  • 019 Chapter 12 Part 1 of 2

    Duration: 38min
  • 020 Chapter 12 Part 2 of 2

    Duration: 51min
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