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"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig

Have you ever wanted to go back in time to a regrettable moment and hit the "REDO" button? What would you change and how would you change it?

"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig centers around Nora who decides that her life is not worth living. Everything in her life has gone wrong and she lives a life of ongoing regret. She loses her job. Her cat has died. She just can't take it anymore.

As she attempts to take her own life, Nora unexpectedly does not wind up in heaven, but in the Midnight Library.

Her beloved librarian from school, Mrs. Elm, meets her and helps her choose the times in her life that she would like to change; times she regretted and thought with changes would make her life better.

The books contained in "The Midnight Library" hold the contents of Nora’s life experiences.

Book by book from the library’s shelves, she is allowed to go to certain parts of her life and live those moments differently, as if the circumstances had changed.

What she discovers is changing the events she regretted may not be all she hoped for. Some experiences were wonderful and others not so much, yet these still shaped her as a human. And in this Limbo-land, Nora meets Hugo, who is going through the same process as she.

I enjoyed this book because I am always amazed when an author writes such an original story. I always think, "How did they even come up with such an intriguing story?" Matt Haig did that for me with this book.

The characters in the story were ordinary people. People who could have been your neighbor or co-worker. There were no extraordinary powers, features, or talents that set them apart, making them more relatable to the reader.

"The Midnight Library" reading experience was also enhanced for me because, even though I read it on my own about a year ago, I was delighted when the Foxy Mamas Book Club, the official book club of Stay + Play Local Tri-Cities, decided to read the book and I had the opportunity to discuss the book with others.

I enjoyed this book so much that I bought a copy at Harvey’s Tales Book Store in Geneva and it has a permanent place on my book shelf.

Please check out Foxy Mamas Book Club on Facebook for their next meeting and book read!

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