The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Author(s): Alix E. Harrow

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In the early 1900s, a young woman searches for her place in the world after finding a mysterious book in this captivating, 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.   The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a spellbinding tale of unforgettable love, impossible journeys, and the power of stories to lead to worlds never imagined.  Early praise for The Ten Thousand Doors of January:   "Many worlds, vanishing doors, mind-cracking magic: I clung to each page, searching for answers. This is one of the most unique works of fiction I've ever read!" --Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author   "A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting." -- Christina Henry, national bestselling author of Lost Boys and Alice   "With lush writing and a sense of wonder, The Ten Thousand Doors of January examines power, progress, and identity. It is an adventure in the best and grandest sense." --Erika Swyler, national bestselling author of The Book of Speculation    

A novel about the power of stories to open doors to other worlds…an enchanting novel which will delight bibliophiles and which I loved from beginning to end.
Set in the early 1900s, January is a young girl living with the wealthy Mr Locke - an avid collector of treasures and artefacts - which her mostly absent father travels around the world to obtain. January feels stifled and longs for adventure of her own, she has inherited her father’s olive skin and is regarded with suspicion by white folk who aren’t sure whether to classify her as ‘coloured’, but she grows up with all the privileges of being under Locke’s care. 
One day she happens upon an old door in a field, and finds that her belief and writing words in her journal open this door to another world, a world with sun-bleached white buildings on the shore of an exotic sea and for one moment, before being pulled back to her own world, she has a taste for the possibility of something much bigger than what she has been led to believe. 
It is years before January explores this possibility further, and the true story of what really happened to her mother and father come to light in the form of a mysterious book that appears in a chest downstairs. This will lead her on a path of heart-wrenching loss and pain, a coming into her own abilities and potential, the beginnings of love, and an epic quest to track down her father. A beautifully evocative story and easily a new favourite of 2019. Jemma

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A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through . . . absolutely enchanting A gorgeously written story of love and longing, of what it means to lose your place in the world, and then have the courage to find it again. This book is a door I'm glad to have opened. Many worlds, vanishing doors, mind-cracking magic: I clung to each page, searching for answers. This is one of the most unique works of fiction I've ever read With a masterful voice and a spellbinding story, The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a deeply satisfying pleasure to read, and lingers in your heart afterward. I loved it! A tantalizing quest through strange and beautiful places and a love story that spans time, worlds and magic. I couldn't put it down

General Fields

  • : 9780356512457
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Orbit Books
  • : September 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alix E. Harrow
  • : Paperback
  • : 1909
  • : 813/.6
  • : 1 Fiction
  • : 384