Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.jpg
Author Robin Sloan
Cover artist Rodrigo Corral
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 288 pp (US Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0374214913
OCLC 778422009
LC Class PS3619.L6278 M7 2012

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a 2012 novel by American writer Robin Sloan. It was chosen as one of the best 100 books of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle,[1] was a New York Times Editor's Choice,[2] and was on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list[3] as well as the NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List.[4] The US book cover, which glows in the dark, was done by Rodrigo Corral and chosen as one of the 25 best book covers for 2012 by BookPage.[5][6][7]

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore combines elements of fantasy, mystery, friendship and adventure as a way of looking at the modern conflict and transition between new technology (electronic) and old (print books). The protagonist is a laid-off Silicon Valley tech worker who begins working at a dusty bookstore with very few customers, only to start discovering one secret after another. The mysterious old books, along with the store's owner, lead to a 500-year-old secret society.[8]


  1. ^ McMurtrie, John (December 21, 2012). "Best books of 2012: 100 recommended books". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Editor's Choice". New York Times Sunday Book Review. December 21, 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list for October 28, 2012". New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore". National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Mr. Penumbra' Bridges The Digital Divide". NPR. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "25 best book jackets of 2012". Book Page. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Book Review: "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"". PhiloBiblos. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 7, 2012). "Google Aces Can't Defeat Bibliophiles 'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore' by Robin Sloan". New York Times. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

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