So I picked this weeks read to fulfill one of my 2017 reading challenge items, “Read a book recommended by an author you love”. Jenny Lawson (Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Furiously Happy, You are Here) is a big Neil Gaiman fan and always recommends his books. I read his novel American Gods a few years back, which I enjoyed, and while perusing his other works, was immediately drawn to this one, once again sucked in by another beautiful cover. (My kryptonite!)
Coming back to his childhood home in order to attend a funeral, a middle aged man reminisces about his time as a young child and the strange girl, Lettie Hempstock who lived at the end of the road. Memories of great and terrible things resurface, things he had long ago forgotten. He once again recalls those monstrous and frightful events and what truly happened to little Lettie Hempstock.
I am SO. GLAD. I took Jennys advice and cracked open another Neil Gaiman book. This man is a master storyteller. His writing is intoxicating, addicting, and mysterious. His story and world building feels ethereal and otherworldly but simultaneously real and present. This novel brings you back to the days of youth, when magic is commonplace and monsters are real. It’s a world long lost by adults but present nonetheless. Do yourselves a favor and add this one to your TBR list, like right now.
See y’all next week people!