Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire (Hardcover)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780765385505
Department
Books
Released
5 Apr 2016
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Seanan McGuire
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
St Martins Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
160
Dimensions
210 x 140 x 18mm (279g)

Annotation

Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere ... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced ... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.

Summary

Winner: 2017 Hugo Award
Winner: 2017 Alex Award
Winner: 2017 Locus Award
Winner: 2016 Nebula Award
Nominated: 2017 World Fantasy Award
Nominated: 2017 British Fantasy Award
2016 Tiptree Honor List

"A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics" —NPR

Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream

PRAISE FOR EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

"Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain. We know this story isn't true, but it is truth." — Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (TV's True Blood)

"Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is one of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." — V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of A Gathering of Shadows

"Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children." — Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and Witches of Lychford

"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." — io9

"With Every Heart a Doorway, McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." — NPR

Fiction

General Subject
Fantasy
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Fantasy / General
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
BIC Classification 1
Fantasy
Library Subject 1
Fantasy fiction
Library Subject 2
Magic
Library Subject 3
Boarding schools
Dewey Classification
813

Author Bio

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and several other works, both standalone and in trilogies. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.

She was the winner of the 2010 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

Review Quotes

"A jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." --NPR

"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting" --Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." --Library Journal starred review

"This amazing fantasy pierces the shimmering veil of childhood imagination by reminding adult readers that their own doorways still exist deep in the champers of their all-too-human hearts." --Booklist starred review

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." -- Publishers Weekly

"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." --Bookish

"Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind." --Geek Syndicate

"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home." --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Customer Reviews

A story about kids that don’t fit in

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A story about kids that don’t fit in (for a very good and magical reason), a story about a wayward school, a murder-mystery and a coming of age story. This about sums up this enchanting book. It starts with Nancy arriving at this ‘school’ and you quickly come to realize she isn’t quite normal, nor is anyone else at the school. They have all had their lives changed forever by accidentally entering magical worlds – all unique and all very real.

The characters are so amazing! Nancy is dark and still, Sumi is crazy and fast, Jack and Jill are freaky, Kade is fabulous and Christopher is the friend you always wanted. They are all thrown together in a school where being different is normal and talking about ‘other worlds’ during therapy is the order of the day. They take classes like normal kids, but have fears and longings that ‘normal’ doesn’t start to cover.

I couldn’t really find anything wrong with this book, except that it could have gone on for much longer. It felt too short, but still made me want to pick the next one up right away! So the pacing was fast, but perhaps a little too fast at times for me. However, the story was as enchanting as Alice in Wonderland and it even makes you look at this classic in a different way. You also start to wonder what your ‘other’ world would be like and how you would adapt.

I think the cover is very apt and gives a deeper meaning to this book, as well as the title. Very well chosen! A story that is beautiful on the inside and out. I can’t wait to see what happens next. The possibilities are endless!

Favorite Quote:

“She was a story, not an epilogue.”
“You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”

This got a 7/10 from me.