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The moment of everything : a novel
King, Shelly, author.
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New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
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274 pages ; 21 cm
Maggie, recently fired from a tech startup, spends her time at a used book store, waiting for something to come along, but when she finds an antique copy of "Lady Chatterley's Lover, " everything changes.
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In the tradition of The Cookbook Collector comes a funny, romantic novel about a young woman finding her calling while saving a used bookstore.
Maggie Duprès, recently "involuntarily separated from payroll" at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly's Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along.
When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance-even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley's Lover , a book she hasn't encountered since college, in an evening. But the edition she finds at the bookstore is no Penguin Classics Chatterley- it's an ancient hardcover with notes in the margins between two besotted lovers of long ago. What Maggie finds in her search for the lovers and their fate, and what she learns about herself in the process, will surprise and move readers.
Witty and sharp-eyed in its treatment of tech world excesses, but with real warmth at its core, The Moment of Everything is a wonderful read.

Author Notes

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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Booklist Review

Once an up-and-comer in the dot-com industry, Maggie Dupres has been let go from the company she and her best friend started. Now Maggie spends her days in the Dragonfly, the used bookstore her landlord, Hugo, owns, reading romances and verbally sparring with the store's sole employee, Jason. Everything changes when Hugo gives Maggie an old copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Maggie discovers achingly romantic notes written inside it by a couple named Henry and Catherine. The date in the book is 1961, so Maggie sets out to find out what became of Henry and Catherine while using their love letters to promote the Dragonfly on social media. Though business is soon booming, and Maggie finds a love of her own in the form of a fellow former dot-comer named Rajhit, it isn't long before the real world intrudes with a job offer for Maggie that jeopardizes everything she's come to love. King's charming debut will strike a chord with book lovers who have whiled away many an hour in a beloved local bookstore.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2014 Booklist