Published September 29th 2020 by Viking, Penguin Audio
I don’t read a lot of Science Fiction, but as I read this one, I wasn’t think of it as Sci-Fi at all. This was a story inviting the reader to imagine their life if they had taken a different path, or made a different decision that would change their lives. Nora Seed finds herself in a library after she has committed suicide. In this library is the librarian and shelves full of books. Each book is an alternate life that Nora could have had if she had done something differently. Every book she plucks from the shelves has her in a different life. She sees what she likes, and what she doesn’t. She can also see how her decisions affected the trajectory of her life. If you had the chance to “try out” different lives, would you do it?
I really enjoyed Matt Haig’s writing. I was totally engrossed in this story. I was always waiting for the shoe to drop when Nora finds a life she likes, but then finds out what else is changed in this one. This is a story about regrets, about living your life for yourself, not others and accepting that you are responsible for your own decisions, not anyone elses. I found myself reflecting on my own life during and after reading this story. It was fun to think about what might have been different if I had made other choices. Even though everything has not been perfect, and we all have both good and bad in our lives, in the end, I am right where I should be. This was a well written and plotted story. There were times that I was frustrated with Nora, but for the most part, I liked her and was rooting for her to find what she was looking for and accept the life she has based upon her experiences and choices. I definitely recommend this one. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Carey Mulligan. I really enjoyed the narration of this one. I found the voices, expression and tone very well done, pleasant to listen to and adding to my enjoyment of the story. Another voice artist that I will not hesitate to listen to again.
About the Book (From Goodreads): ‘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 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.