"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting."--Christina Henry, bestselling author of Alice and Lost Boys
LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER!
In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.
Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut--step inside and discover its magic.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Lush and lyrical in both its language and its plotting, this is a dream of a book that opens up a fantastical world of magic and escape. In early 20th-century New England, biracial teenage outsider January Scaller lives in a vast, opulent house of curiosities as the ward of a wealthy man who bankrolls her explorer father’s lengthy sea voyages. January finds solace in the house’s extensive library, but her escapism takes on thrilling new dimensions when she discovers a weathered old volume that offers a literal portal into other worlds. Told in January’s own ingenuous voice and delightfully old-fashioned diction, Alix E. Harrow’s tender, melancholy novel feels like a modern take on first-wave young-adult fantasies like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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One of the best reads in a long time
Definitely worth it.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Wow. I lived this book. The story was unique and compelling. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, There was a new plot twist. And somehow the author helped it all hang together. It broke my heart, it gave me hope, it will stay with me for some time. Highly recommend!
I usually read fast but took my time reading this on purpose bc I enjoyed the flow of her words and rhythm. Very good reading. I also highlighted this book a bunch bc I found such beauty in her descriptions of the worlds around her. I wouldn’t necessarily call this YA either, it has great readability for adults as well.