The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig (2020)
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. Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups and realizing her dreams.
This book won the Goodreads Choice Award for best fiction.
It’s easy to see why; depressing, downbeat works of art (including movies) tend to win awards. Maybe it’s because people relate to the subject.
But it’s not difficult to make dark, gloomy content. And this is certainly that. The author and his protagonist have both suffered depression, and it shows. What lifts this book up is the remarkably easy to read prose. And an ultimately uplifting ending. It’s all magical realism, so should be more accurately in the fantasy genre.
But it is a good read, just not for the depressed.