What I Read This Week: September 19, 2021
For the first time in about four years, I only finished one book this week! This is partly because my time is full of carertaking my dad after his heart surgery, and partly because this was an intense read that slowed me down.
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Advanced copy from Netgalley, publication date September 21, 2021 What will you do with the time you have left? This question is at the core of this novel and it was intense for me. Nine months ago I found out I have Huntington’s Disease, a rare genetic degenerative neurological disease with no treatment. I don’t have symptoms now but there’s no way to know when I’ll get them or what that will look like for me. So I’ve been pondering this question a lot anyway and this book really brought it back to the front of my consciousness. Because of that it was a slow read and difficult at times.
This is a beautifully written story about what happens after death. Wallace was a nasty person when he was alive, he knew it and didn’t care. Soon after his death, he’s met by a Reaper who takes him to a way station between life and what’s next. It is here that Wallace gets some perspective on what kind of person he was and realizes that’s not how he wants to be. This is a very sensory book, between the visuals and descriptions of sounds and smells and tastes, I was right there in it the whole time. The writing is strong and there’s some great humor. I recommend this one for readers of literary fiction.