Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders: A Novel by Julianna Baggott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A famous, reclusive author who has left a body of work that still intrigues readers and a mystery in the form of a resolution to the series she wrote? Ok, tell me more. Turns out, the author (the Harriet Wolf of the title) is dead and the mystery remains. Harriet's daughter Eleanor is an overly protective mother, her granddaughter Tilton is an agoraphobic heavily allergic shut-in, and her granddaughter Ruth is just trying to lead a normal life (albeit one married to a leading Harriet Wolf scholar). Their lives come back together when Eleanor has a heart attack, and Tilton begins to wonder if now is the time to reveal what everyone is looking for: Harriet's final work. Interspersed with all this is that book, biography rather than the fiction expected.
I loved the different characters and their interactions. Was Tilton really as allergy prone as she believes? Why did these women end up the way they did? My only regret was that the original six books are mentioned almost in passing - I wanted more about them. Maybe chunks of them. Why? They sounded so good they deserved more than a few sentences.
ARC provided by publisher.