Read: Devour-worthy Series

There’s been a spate of new novels involving libraries or bookstores set in remote, picturesque locations. One of the more recent titles is The Library at the Edge of the World, set in the fictional Irish peninsula of Finfarran (very similar to the Dingle Peninsula, the windswept, most westerly bit of Europe), is penned by Felicity Hayes-McCoy.
After her marriage breaks down, Hanna Casey must move back from her sophisticated London life to run a small mobile library van around the Finfarran peninsula. She is determined to make a new life and restore a seaside wreck of a cottage bequeathed to her years ago. As she struggles to rebuild her home, she must also help rebuild the library and the community, both in danger of shutting down from lack of culture, young people and funds. Casey finds that she, indeed, can come home again and belong among friends old and new.

Hayes-McCoy, raised in Ireland, lives on the Dingle Peninsula. She has written several memoirs and photographic books about home. The author is working on her fourth book in the Finfarran series.

Sarah Nagle
Collections librarian, Carver County Library