Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore evokes pain and suffering and sadness.
The story begins with a terrible death of one of the dispirited customers. Joey Molina hangs himself in the bookstore just before closing time and of course, Lydia Smith finds Joey. In Joey’s pocket, Lydia finds a picture taken at her 10th birthday celebration. Why does Joey have this picture? Lydia begins her search that began 20 years ago when her best friend, Carol O’Toole, and her parents were brutally murdered with a hammer and Lydia remained hidden under the kitchen sink. The symbolism of broken hands surfaces with David, Lydia’s boyfriend, and his hand partially chopped off by the garbage disposable and with the boiled in hot oil of Maya Patel, Raj’s mother, hand. The amazing quest of Joey to mislabel and encode books to express his journey to find his birth mother. The story shows the troubling misconception of the poor, of the drug dependent, and of troubled souls. Lydia displays that overcoming your situation remains probable. The ending comes as a surprise.