Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Shelf RenewalReading the review of Jan Karon’s new Mitford book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, brought a smile to my face. Father Tim is not a character, he is an old friend. I have been mad at him, I have been jealous of him, I have been moved by him. There are old friends that you mute on Facebook and there are friends you make up the couch for when they show up on your doorstep. Fictional friends are no different. Tell me you’d turn away any of the following:

Somewhere Safe Book JacketThe staff from the bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road

James Herriot, the country vet who recounted his adventures in All Creatures Great and Small, et al.

Enzo, the endearing dog narrator from The Art of Racing in the Rain

Precious Ramotswe, the traditionally built detective in the series featuring such standouts as The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

Ron Weasley’s parents, first introduced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The uncles from Jim the Boy




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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