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Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: Viking
Format: Hardcover
Author: Matt Haig
Language: English
Street Date: April 20, 2021
TCIN: 79700385
UPC: 9780525559474
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-3860
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

"Good morning America book club"--Jacket.

Book Synopsis

A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits.--The Washington Post

A New York Times bestseller Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

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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An instant New York Times bestseller
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction

One of the LibraryReads 2020 Voter Favorites
Included in best-of-year and year-end roundups by The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, New York Public Library, Amazon, Boston Globe, PureWow, St. Louis Public Radio, She Reads, Lit Hub, The Mary Sue, and more

"Whimsical." --Washington Post, named one of the 15 Feel-Good Books Guaranteed to Lift Your Spirits

An absorbing but comfortable read...a vision of limitless possibility, of new roads taken, of new lives lived, of a whole different world available to us somehow, somewhere, might be exactly what's wanted in these troubled and troubling times." --The New York Times

"Charming...a celebration of the ordinary: ordinary revelations, ordinary people, and the infinity of worlds seeded in ordinary choices." --The Guardian

"A brilliant premise and great fun." --Daily Mail

I can't describe how much his work means to me. So necessary...[Matt Haig is] the king of empathy. --Jameela Jamil, actor and host of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil

"A beautiful fable, an It's a Wonderful Life for the modern age - impossibly timely when we are all stuck in a world we wish could be different." --Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper

"This brainy, captivating pleasure read feels like what you might get if TV's The Good Place collided with Where'd You Go, Bernadette." --People

"Thanks to the storytelling chops of writer Matt Haig, The Midnight Library is an engaging read, full of gentle insights and soothing wisdom... This is a book about shedding regret by gaining perspective. It's full of quirky plot lines, with glimpses of opportunities and potential in unexpected places and people." --Psychology Today

"A charming book." --Dolly Parton, award-winning singer-songwriter

"Although I don't read fiction as much as I used to--because I'm always writing fiction--during these sad and difficult days in 2020 I broke that rule because I needed to ­escape into other people's fictional worlds. One of my favorite books of the year was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a powerful and uplifting story about regrets and the choices we make."--Alice Hoffman, author of Magic Lessons and Practical Magic

"Clever, emotional and thought-inspiring." --Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner

"Amazing and utterly beautiful, The Midnight Library is everything you'd expect from the genius storyteller who is Matt Haig." --Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

"Nora's life is burdened by regrets. Then she stumbles on a library with books that enable her to test out the lives she could have led, including as a glaciologist, Olympic swimmer, rock star, and more. Her discoveries ultimately prove life-affirming in Matt Haig's dazzling fantasy." --Christian Science Monitor

"Would we really make better choices if we could step back in time? Matt Haig's thought-provoking, uplifting new book, The Midnight Library discusses just that, exploring our relationship with regret and what really makes a perfect life." --Harper's Bazaar (UK)

"British author Matt Haig is beloved in his home country, and he's a champion of mental health, which makes him a great person to follow on Twitter. He's best known for the novel How to Stop Time, but he has a new novel just out on September 29 called The Midnight Library, which sounds equally intriguing. In this library, Nora Seed finds endless books which contain different versions of the life she could have lived. This is a must-read for those of us given to endless what ifs." --BookRiot

"Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age and, in his latest novel, he has taken a clever, engaging concept and created a heart-warming story that offers wisdom in the same deceptively simple way as Mitch Albom's best tales." --Independent (UK)

Just beautiful . . . Such a gorgeous, gorgeous book." --Fearne Cotton, host of the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show

[The Midnight Library] will follow in the bestselling footsteps of Haig's earlier books . . . Part Sliding Doors, part-philosophical quest, this is a moving novel with a powerful mental health message at its heart." --Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

"Haig's latest (after the nonfiction collection Notes on a Nervous Planet, 2019) is a stunning contemporary story that explores the choices that make up a life, and the regrets that can stifle it. A compelling novel that will resonate with readers." --Booklist (starred review)

"Charming...[Matt Haig] will reward readers who take this book off the shelf." --Publisher's Weekly

About The Author

Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
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4.4 out of 5 stars with 174 reviews
84% would recommend
44 recommendations

The Midnight Library

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
MarieH - 1 month ago
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first read the book premise. The first chapter had me not sure if I wanted to complete the book as it was very depressing and all hope was lost. But as I got deeper and deeper into the book I really loved the lessons and discussions about “it’s not what you look at, it’s what you see” and how that really hit home. For those who say this book was bad, I don’t think they were open enough to grasp the meaning or the lesson. Our lives are what we make them and just because we aren’t where we thought we would be or where we wanted to be, doesn’t mean we will never get there. It doesn’t mean we are stuck. Everyone needs to read this book wither you suffer from depression or anxiety or not. Everyone is struggling with something wither you are being honest with yourself or not. Really looking forward to reading more from this author
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Creative and Engaging

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Emma - 7 months ago
I loved the idea behind this story. I loved the character development and fresh ideas. It was definitely a story of redemption and forgiveness but mostly the forgiveness of one's self.
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2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Estefany - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
It took me a long time to get through this book because it never picked up. Interesting idea but not well developed
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3 out of 5 stars
Sharareh - 7 months ago
Giving it 3 just for the creativity. Not much to absorb from it 🗿
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Kai - 8 months ago
An amazing book! I read it on Kindle, and loved it so much I had to get a hard copy!
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
caitlin - 9 months ago, Verified purchaser
still in great quality via pickup
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A great read

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Taylor - 10 months ago
Really enjoyed this read. A beautiful and interesting story
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Missed the mark

3 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Karina - 1 year ago
My Book Club chose this for the monthly read. There was so much potential in this storyline, but it missed the mark. It was very redundant and barely held my attention. I found myself wanting to just close the book and not finish, but I’m no quitter. I trudged on, skipping pages that were the same ole same ole and celebrated when I finally finished! Perhaps my expectations were too high? If you deciding between 2 book choices, skip this one.
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Just what I was looking for

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
vic - 1 year ago
Loved. I need a book that keeps my attention and this did just that.
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4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Sisi - 1 year ago
I’ve had this book on my reading list for a while and finally decided to grab it. I think it’s a pretty easy read, I went through it in less than a day. I just feel like there was so much more potential with the storyline. It was just a good book, I wouldn’t really say it was great.
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4 out of 5 stars
Kaitlyn - 1 year ago
This book was ok. Nothing super special about the book. It taught a good lesson but I feel like the book could be a little bit more entertaining though. I give it a 3.5 outta 5.
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Fantastic Read!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Marie - 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! It is a beautiful story about how the road not taken might not be better than the road you are on. "It's not what you look at; it's what you see." Highly recommended!
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Buy it!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
amz571 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
This book blew me away. Such a great read. One of my favorite books of all time. Worth owning a copy.
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
BaDkNeEsCaMpAnO - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Absolutely loved this book, couldn’t put it down. I feel to it’s readers it will definitely put a different perspective on life. There’s so much out there.
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Anonymousmango - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Honestly loved it! I was hesitant to get it at first since there were some mixed reviews. But overall a wonderful book, with a great lesson on regretting life decisions and the infinite options that could have been chosen and their results.
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Couldnt finish

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Samantha - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I feel like I knew what was gonna happen next which bored me
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
mdejack13 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Magical book! I loved all of the deep life lessons it pointed out. 10/10 will recommend to everyone.
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Not Worth It

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
KC - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
The Concept Was Good. Execution Was Not
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Interesting read

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
M_Bew - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
A great book and a very quick read. I finished this book in a day (I know it’s not super long but I’m a slow reader). I love the story and the concept of what happens after death. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Best book

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Eemmie 0323 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is one of the best books I ever read. It really makes you think about life
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