June 2014 Indie Next List
“June Anderson is a high-powered New York City banker specializing in business foreclosures when she learns that the aunt who raised her has died and left her iconic children's bookstore in Seattle to her. Through an epistolary scavenger hunt, June discovers the answers to many secrets, not the least of which is how Aunt Ruby was the inspiration for Margaret Wise Brown's classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon. This is a charming story of love, friendship, family, reconciliation, and finding your true place in this world. Delightful 'comfort food' for readers!”
— Jennifer Gwydir, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
The "New York Times" bestselling author of "Blackberry Winter" imagines the inspiration for "Goodnight Moon"
"Goodnight Moon" is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In "Goodnight June," Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the great green room might have come to be.
June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amid the store's papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown and steps into the pages of American literature.