The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting."--Christina Henry, bestselling author of Alice and Lost Boys

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER!
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and 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.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut--step inside and discover its magic.




Baker & Taylor
A woman navigating the out-of-place artifacts in her caretaker’s sprawling early 20th-century mansion discovers a mysterious book that reveals impossible truths about the world and her own past. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316421997
0316421995
9780356512457
0356512452
9780356512440
0356512444
Branch Call Number: Fiction Harrow
Characteristics: 1 volume ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 01, 2020

It's always interesting to see how publishers sell a book. The Ten Thousand Doors of January has been pushed as a straight fiction book, and my guess is that they knew this book would lose out on a certain share of audience if it had been advertised as sci-fi/fantasy. And this book deserves all ... Read More »


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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 01, 2020

It's always interesting to see how publishers sell a book. The Ten Thousand Doors of January has been pushed as a straight fiction book, and my guess is that they knew this book would lose out on a certain share of audience if it had been advertised as sci-fi/fantasy. And this book deserves all the audience, because The Ten Thousand Doors of January is that rare novel which transcends genre, casting its atmospheric spell on nearly everyone who has read it, including me.

To make some loose comparisons, I would say that her style reminds me of Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Erin Morgenstern. And like those writers, Alix Harrow has written a novel that is like a love letter to books (and readers). I read another reviewer claim that writing about books for people who love books is a cheap shot, but I'd argue that since these are the only three writers I can think of who have successfully mastered it, the shot might look easy, but it takes hidden talents to pull it off.

One of the best devices of the story is the story-within-a-story. As we follow January's timeline during the Progressive Era in the United States, she is dealing with some harrowing things; colonialism, racism and misogyny all affect her in direct, personal ways. The subject matter is so heavy that it's the kind of thing I have trouble continuing to read because it becomes so overwhelming. By allowing January, and by extension the reader, to slip into the world of the book she has found, it allows time to regroup and get ready for the next round of January versus rich white men.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a story that draws you in with its promises of doors to other worlds, but will stay in your memory because of the humanity of its characters.

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