The Midnight Library is a celebration of the imagination. Guaranteed to lift any thoughts of depression! A novel full of inspiration, warmth, philosophy and even quantum mechanics. Its breadth is amazing, awe-inspiring, and magical A story to reread when you are depressed or need a new direction. Yes, can you guess I liked it enormously? It’s message “Live Life”.
What is the Midnight Library about?
The book starts with Nora in a deep depression. The Suicidal Nora (or even a dead Nora) arrives in the transitory “midnight library” and gets to live the lives she could have lived. So what is this mysterious Midnight Library? You need to suspend your disbelief, and go with the flow! The Midnight Library is a quantum state that allows Nora to move between an infinite number of versions of her life. She must use this library (of possible lives) to find a life worth living before she dies. Sounds pretentious but you are rewarded by indulging the author.
Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her career dreams of becoming a glaciologist or pop sensation; 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.
There is no doubt this novel will prompt further contemplation. Would you have done anything differently, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well-lived. You will remember this book long after you finished reading it.
One reviewer described The Midnight Library as a whimsical fantasy about learning what’s important in life.
Video interview with Matt Haig about The Midnight Library
Join Matt Haig as he launches his new novel, The Midnight Library, in conversation with novelist Joanne Harris.
More about Matt Haig
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.