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The Case of the Wealthy Librarian

Both of Sunshine’s parents are librarians, and apparently it’s a very in-demand job. They’ve relocated a lot, and this is where they have settled for the last five years. And somehow they have the money to buy six wooded acres from one of the wealthiest (or formerly wealthy) families in town, build and furnish a cabin and still support themselves. According to my research, the median salary for a librarian is around $50,000 in U.S. If you take into account that Echo is a smallish town, then it’s going to be on the lower end. My best estimate would be $43,000 a year. Not too shabby, but still middle class.

In 2010, it was reported that many librarians were working part time. The economy hasn’t recovered a whole lot. This book was published in 2013, and presumably this book is set in the same time period. Subtract those five years and it puts us smack dab in the middle of the market crash of 2008. There’s no way that anyone would be making such a risky venture in 2008.

So assuming that that they’re both employed full-time everywhere they go (doubtful, considering the hiring freeze that happened in a lot of libraries)this is a little bit of a stretch. As you can see here, it’s not a cheap process. For the seller or the buyer. This is not the quick fix that Violet’s parents were looking for, and to buy and maintain six acres of land would be a lot more than a librarian (or two) could probably afford. Unless it wasn’t done legally, which is equally probable.

Not really an impediment to the story at all, I just found it odd. The wealthy travelling librarian, who somehow escaped the market crash of 2008 unscathed.


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