Reviewed by Abby Morrow, Community Engagement Librarian
Jorge Luis Borges once said ““I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library.” In The Midnight Library, the library isn’t the final destination, but an in-between state between life and death. The books on the shelves each represent a path not taken. Nora Seed, a woman in her 30s who is dissatisfied with her life, will need to choose a book from the shelves of her library and find a story where she wants to stay. Guided by her middle school librarian, Nora gets to experience something that many people wonder about: what would happen if one major (or minor) life decision had been different?
This book is a fast read and gives the reader the unique opportunity to experience multiple storylines for the same character. The author achieves a balance between readability and existential philosophy, creating a book that is not only fun to read but also provides the reader a chance to reflect on life. Highly recommended!