The most beautiful (and equally heart-breaking) element of this book is that Matt Haig knows exactly what he’s writing about. I don’t mean the library – that wonderful idea that you can go through variations of your life and find the one that you’d most like to live out – I mean the darkness. You have to have both a wonderful mind and experience of what you’re writing about to pull off a book like this. Matt has both.
If you’ve followed Matt on social media you will know his honesty and candid approach to life. There’s no secret that he has faced demons and he still has battles to fight. What he does, though, is turn those experiences and those emotions into something that will help another person.
Life can be wonderful. It can be beautiful. It can be all the positive words in the dictionary. But also, it can be the opposite. This book sits in between those worlds and will challenge you to change your perspective. It starts with a library of infinite books (if that doesn’t entice you in I don’t know what will) and concludes way too soon!
“Because, Nora, sometimes the only way to learn is to live.”
About the book…
‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’
A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy Fiction
Publication: August 2020
About the author…
Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as ‘delightfully weird’ and the New York Times has called him ‘a novelist of great talent’ whose writing is ‘funny, riveting and heartbreaking’.
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