No Book but the World
Lush, dark and unsettling, No Book but the World haunted me for days. With great skill, Leah Hager Cohen takes us through a twisty and resonant tale about the price of secrets, the burden of family, the remnants of childhood we never leave behind.Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything and Dare MeAt the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct free school, Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhooda world defined largely by their imaginations and each others presence. Everyone is aware of Freds oddness or vague impairment, but his parents fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Avas side.Decades later, then, when Ava learns that her brother is being held in a county jail for a shocking crime, she is frantic to piece together what actually happened. A boy is dead. But could Fred really have done what he is accused of? As she is drawn deeper into the details of the crime, Ava becomes obsessed with learning the truth, convinced that she and she alone will be able to reach her brother and explain himand his innocenceto the world.Leah Hager Cohen brings her trademark intelligence to a psychologically gripping, richly ambiguous story that suggests we may ultimately understand one another best not with facts alone, but through our imaginations.
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