The Midnight Library
A NoveleBook - 2020
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick
"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post
The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.
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. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
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I'm feeling much better, generally," she lied. "It's not clinical. The doctor says it's situational depression. It's just that I keep on having new... situations."
"We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
"Every book is a potential escape."
"When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and latitudes...it is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges, whether you want it to or not, and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock."
"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don't give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. Keep your head down. Keep your stamina. Keep swimming."
"The rook is my favorite piece. It's the one that you think you don't have to watch out for. It is straightforward. You keep your eye on the queen, and the knights, and the bishop, because they are the sneaky ones. But it's the rook that often gets you. The straightforward is never quite what it seems."
"Never underestimate the big importance of small things...You must always remember that."
Other: Trigger warning for suicide and death of a pet.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: A cat dies at the beginning of the novel and people who are uncomfortable with death may also be worried about the idea of parents dying. Sensitive groups such as those who become triggered by the loss of parents should also take caution.
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