Reviewed by Abby Morrow, Community Engagement Librarian

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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!