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Life is a book... and every person is a chapter.
Everything's looking up for Robin Walker. It's 1994 in New York City, and he's been transferred downtown to the 58th Street Branch Library. Ready to move up the ladder, Robin is excited about the opportunities that await him.
But success, personal or professional, is as elusive as a first-edition rare book. Robin struggles with his strange new work environment as this motley crew of employees generates more drama than a runaway bestseller. He doesn't know who to believe - or who to let in. And as potential romance mingles with devious machinations, there's no telling where Robin's story will go. All he knows is that he must see it through to the very last page.
Call Numbers is a captivating and multilayered adult drama. Through realistic dialogue and situations, author Syntell Smith has crafted a modern-day classic about the trials and tribulations of adulthood. Because a library is usually the last place you'd expect high drama, but for these characters...it's long overdue.
"A drama-filled romp through the stacks. The complexity of the characters, with all their foibles and failings, makes them come alive on the page. The dialogue is sharp and believable, and the pacing of conversations feels torn from real life. Written with a fearless and stylish edge, Call Numbers is a riot to read, and never again will you look at a librarian in quite the same way." Self-Publishing Review
"Call Numbers is steeped in both the brisk, gruff atmosphere of New York City and the conundrums faced by a young man who is uncertain of his place in the world. Robin has a reputation for getting into trouble and fighting--qualities one doesn't anticipate in a library employee--and the juxtaposition of his interactions within the library system with his urban encounters is very nicely done. " - Midwest Book Review
"Syntell Smith brings the 1990's back in Call Numbers. For many readers, this will be a nostalgic trip. Every detail brings that decade back to life, including technology. He creates a realistic and interesting dialogue between characters...Smith knows that every good drama needs intrigue, suspense, and mystery. He doesn't disappoint in Call Numbers." - Entrada Book Reviews
"Vastly satisfying and original...Smith manages to infuse rollicking fun into a wildly chaotic yet sad story...Exploration of the complex themes of racial issues, unsafe sex, teenage preganacy, bullying, and psychological abuse." - The Prairies Book Review