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The Librarianist, Patrick deWitt

A portrait of a retired librarian who is volunteering at a senior center unspooling his life – betrayals, loss, triumphs. It’s a celebration of a so-called ordinary life, yet the inner turbulence that exists beneath the surface of everyone’s lives from time to time. A retired Librarian with no friends, per se. his phone didn’t ring; he had no family; if there was a knock at the door it was a solicitor. Yet Bob Comet did not crave company. Bob gets married to Connie. Connie leaves him for his best friend Ethan. The betrayal and loss of these two people were hard to deal with, yet Bob’s grief was temporary. When Ethan dies 6 months after marrying Connie Bob is neither happy nor sad.  Bob, is living out his quiet days in a house in Oregon, surrounded by his books and small comforts, and ends up volunteering at a nearby senior center. After he falls and breaks his hip, he becomes a resident. It is here he finds out whatever happened to the love of his life, Connie Augustine. Behind Bob Comet's plain facade is his story of an unhappy child's runaway adventure, of true love found and stolen away, of the purpose and pride found in a profession he enjoyed, and the acceptance of a life lived to the side of the masses.


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