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Goodnight June: 05/08/17
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio is a historical fiction about the inspiration of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It's also about an overworked banking executive retracing her roots in Seattle after the death of her aunt.
June Anderson is called out to Seattle to settle her aunt's estate — primarily in the form of an old children's book shop. The place is in dire need for repairs and is mortgaged too the teeth. June knows she should just liquidate and go home to New York but it's nice to get away from the stress of her job. Her blood pressure is so high that medication isn't helping.
In the middle of all of this, June discovers a series of letters from Margaret Wise Brown sent to her aunt. Apparently before Brown's death the two had been friends, with Brown even coming to visit the book shop.
While there's no evidence that Brown was friends (or more) with a book shop owner in Seattle, her life and career were both active and eccentric enough to imagine a Bohemian friendship with a woman in Seattle.