It’s 1952 and Janie’s family has moved unexpectedly from Los Angeles to London. She feels uncertain in her strange new school until she meets Benjamin Burrows‚ the local apothecary’s curiously defiant son‚ who dreams of becoming a spy. Benjamin’s father promises Janie a cure for homesickness‚ and it seems to work. But Mr. Burrows is no ordinary apothecary. And when he disappears‚ Benjamin and Janie find themselves entrusted with his sacred book.
“[Maile Meloy is] a wise and astonishing conjurer of convincing realities.”
— The New Yorker
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