Publisher: Canongate Books
Genera: Adult, Fantasy, Mental Health
Synopsis: '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?
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
Nora Seed is tired of her life. Living in a constant state of "what if" Nora looks back at the choices she's made in her life and wishes things were different. After a terrible day of her cat passing away, losing her job and feeling totally useless, Nora decides to take her own life. That's when she is transported to the Midnight Library. The walls are filled with an infinite number of books, and no exit in sight. In the library, Nora is able to think of her biggest regrets and what if's and travel to a parallel universe where she made a different choice to see what that life would be like. If Nora can find a life where she is truly happy, she could get the chance of staying there forever.
This book is a short read, but it is filled with so much knowledge and beauty, I couldn't help fall in love with this book and have mad respect for the author. Mental health is a tough topic to write about, and to write about correctly, but I definitely think that Matt Haig did a good job. The depiction of depression in this book felt very real, it hit close to home and made me truly feel for Nora.
This book was very real and raw, but that is one of the main reasons why I could not put this book down! The very idea of this book was so unique and creative, its enough to draw you in, but the world building and character development is what keeps you around. This was overall a wonderful book, written by an amazing author. This book will help you see the joys of life, and possibly look at the world in a new way. I can't recommend this book enough.