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Mobile Library

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
From the award-winning novelist David Whitehouse, hailed by The New York Times as "a writer to watch," a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels.

"An archivist of his mother," Bobby Nusku spends his nights meticulously cataloging her hair, clothing, and other traces of the life she left behind. By day, Bobby and his best friend Sunny hatch a plan to transform Sunny, limb-by-limb, into a cyborg who could keep Bobby safe from schoolyard torment and from Bobby's abusive father and his bleach-blonde girlfriend. When Sunny is injured in a freak accident, Bobby is forced to face the world alone.

Out in the neighborhood, Bobby encounters Rosa, a peculiar girl whose disability invites the scorn of bullies. When Bobby takes Rosa home, he meets her mother, Val, a lonely divorcee, whose job is cleaning a mobile library. Bobby and Val come to fill the emotional void in each other's lives, but their bond also draws unwanted attention. After Val loses her job and Bobby is beaten by his father, they abscond in the 16-wheel bookmobile. On the road they are joined by Joe, a mysterious but kindhearted ex-soldier. This "puzzle of people" will travel across England, a picaresque adventure that comes to rival those in the classic books that fill their library-on-wheels.

At once tender, provocative and darkly funny, Mobile Library is a fable about the intrinsic human desire to be loved and understood - and about one boy's realization that the kinds of adventures found in books can happen in real life. It is the ingenious second novel by a writer whose prose has been hailed as "outlandishly clever" (The New York Times) and "deceptively effortless" (The Boston Globe).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for David Whitehouse's Mobile Library

Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mobile Library (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4104-7718-5 / 978-1-4104-7718-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mobile Library: A Novel
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4767-4943-4 / 978-1-4767-4943-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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January 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4472-7472-5 / 978-1-4472-7472-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4767-4945-0 / 978-1-4767-4945-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon AU   


2013 : Paperback
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
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January 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4472-7471-7 / 978-1-4472-7471-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4472-7473-3 / 978-1-4472-7473-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-4767-8673-9 / 978-1-4767-8673-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: New York: Scribner
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-78433-392-1 / 978-1-78433-392-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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August 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
ISBN: 1-78433-427-8 / 978-1-78433-427-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


June 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mobile Library: A Novel
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


January 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Mobile Library: A Novel
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mobile Library: A Novel
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


January 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2015 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Mobile Library
Author(s): David Whitehouse
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU