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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
By (author): V. E. Schwab
V. E. Schwab

Imprint:

Tor Books

ISBN:

9780765387561

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket
English

Audience:

General Trade
Oct 06, 2020
Print Run: 350000
$34.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9.59in x 6.37 x 1.54 in | 630 gr

Page Count:

448 pages
Tor/Forge
Tor Books
FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
 
Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed NPR Best Book of the Year 2020, Long-listed Oprah.com Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed Locus Awards - Nominee 2021, Short-listed NYPL Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After LifeThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. 



VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, the Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.


- starred Publishers Weekly review
- starred Kirkus review
- starred Booklist review
- starred Library Journal review
- #1 October Indie Next Pick
- #1 October Loan Stars Pick
- Publishers Weekly profile
- EW.com cover reveal
- Raincoast Superlead

"There is no review in the world that I could write that could do justice to the perfection of this book, and yes, when I say perfection, I mean P E R F E C T I O N. This is the book I have always DREAMED of finding, and bar that, the book I’d always dreamed of writing, but now I don’t have to, because I HAVE FOUND IT AND MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

I don’t even know how to explain the experience of reading it, of relating to and understanding both Addie and Henry in what felt like impossible, despairing ways, and of wanting to get so lost in their story that just getting lost wasn’t enough; I wanted to dive in and drown in it. AHHHHH V.E. Schwab has discovered magic and HOW BLESSED ARE WE that she has put it into a book. For all of those who have ever longed for that something more, that something ELSE, for adventure and freedom, for faraway cities and hidden-gem bookshops, and a life anything but ordinary - and for those who just want to matter, and be loved, and be remembered - HERE IS A BOOK AFTER YOUR OWN HEART. What a celebration of art in every shape and form. The writing is beautiful, and the story haunting and devastating, but also just so fiercely glorious and hopeful all at once. A dark, devilishly-clever fairytale that I want another 300 years of. Last year we got Alix E. Harrow’s Ten Thousand Doors of January, and now in 2020, we get this brilliant work of art, and I don’t know about you, but I feel SPOILED.

In short: this was extraordinary, utterly spellbinding, best book of the year, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH."
- Caitlin Krahn, Bookseller at Mosaic Books, Kelowna


Raincoast Superlead:
NYT bestselling author of A Darker Shade of Magic series, which has sold over 50k copies in Canada; 350k print run




Praise for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:
“For someone damned to be forgettable, Addie LaRue is a most delightfully unforgettable character, and her story is the most joyous evocation of unlikely immortality.”
Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and winner of multiple Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards

"Completely absorbed me enough to make me forget the real world." — Jodi Picoult, Washington Post

“Victoria Schwab sends you whirling through a dizzying kaleidoscopic adventure through centuries filled with love, loss, art and war — all the while dazzling your senses with hundreds of tiny magical moments along the way. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will enchant readers as deeply as its heroine’s Faustian bargain; you will find yourself in quick turns both aching with heartbreak, and gleefully crowing at the truly delicious, wicked cleverness in store.”
Naomi Novik, Nebula and Locus Award-winning author of Spinning Silver

Addie Larue is a book perfectly suspended between darkness and light, myth and reality. [This novel] is—ironically—unforgettable.” — Hugo Award winner Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the kind of book you encounter only once in a lifetime. . . . A defiant, joyous rebellion against time, fate, and even death itself—and a powerful reminder that the only magic great enough to conquer all of it is love.”— Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

“Sweeping in its scope yet wonderfully intimate, it's dark and sexy yet romantic and heartbreaking.”Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Black Sun

“Rich and satisfying.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A knockout.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


“Epic.” –Library Journal, Starred Review


“Deeply romantic, impossibly detailed.” –Booklist, Starred Review

“A delightful surprise and a balm in difficult times..” –BookPage, Starred Review


“Schwab’s page-turner is an achingly poignant romantic fantasy about the desperate desire to make one’s mark on the world.” Oprah.com, Best LGBTQ Books of 2020

“A beautiful, meditative novel with an ending that hit me right in the heart.” Buzzfeed, Best Fall Fantasy 2020

"It's a bit cheeky to call The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Faust for romantic bisexual goths, but it's not wrong... I for one will most certainly remember her."NPR

“Addie is unlike anything Schwab has written before—epic yet intimate, sweeping but not sprawling... If Addie shows anything, it’s that the impact of our actions and interactions can be vaster and longer-lasting than we can predict. Much like the seven freckles that sprinkle Addie’s face, we create our own constellations, and as we live through these darkened days, I feel brighter for having added Addie to mine.”—Slate

“Schwab beautifully explores what it means to be alone for so long that it's jarring and terrifying once you are finally seen...Addie is an independent and fascinating character who manages to make her mark in spite of the odds.”—USA Today

“Schwab’s writing is warm and intense, and the passages set in the past often make you feel as if you’re reading by candlelight...The book is an elegant comment on the erasure of women from recorded history, but not a pointed one; you never feel that Addie LaRue is a metaphor. She is a woman fighting literally to be seen while bearing witness to her own life, and I rooted for her throughout.”—New York Times Book Review

“One of the most propulsive, compulsive and captivating novels in recent memory.”—Washington Post

“There is no particular art to literary fiction that doesn’t exist in fiction of other genres, and V. E. Schwab’s new book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue isn’t just an amazing book for its genre; it’s an amazing book, full stop...a gorgeous, immersive story...Schwab is an inclusive, ambitious, and exacting writer, and she doesn’t let either her characters or her readers off the hook...This book doesn’t blend genres, or even transcend genre.”—Chicago Review of Books

"This evocative and clever tale will leave you smiling, filled with love and longing for more magical moments in everyday life."—CNN, Best Books of October

"Expansive and utterly heart-wrenching...both heartbreaking and hopeful. I read the last hundred pages well into the night, gasping and sobbing. It’s a beautiful read."Book Riot, 25 Must Read New Fantasy Books

“A remarkable, genre-defying epic of a woman fighting to thrive in a world that denies her existence....stunning.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers

"When I first finished Addie LaRue, I sat back with a deep sense of wonder. Schwab’s words had weaved their spell and left me starstruck... eloquent and beautiful...Addie LaRue sparks something internally as you read and what is the point of reading, if not to feel?"—The Nerd Daily

“[An] enthralling romantic adventure.”—Business Insider

"A career triumph...Her propulsive, lyric prose is here, her morally complex, entrancing characters, her unique shape of magic, all wrought within this entirely fresh premise that will no doubt become a long-lasting favorite...Addie defies genre, blending romance and history, fantasy and monstrosity, cresting through peaks of time, centered on a young (and also, technically very old) woman with both less and more agency than anyone alive...romantic, ambitious, and defiantly, deliberately hopeful. Epic and intimate at once, it asks what art is...Schwab is simply one of the most skilled writers working in her genre...The feat of this book is frankly awe-inspiring.”—Tor.com

“[Schwab] flexes her beautiful prose and sets the stage for an unforgettable tale.”—SyFy Wire

"Poetic and heartrending, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is perfect for fans of time travel stories, historical fiction, and fantasy alike." The Register-Herald

"This spellbinding story is destined to be a classic." Greatist

"A beautiful tale of star-crossed love, magic, and a dark Faustian Bargain makes The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue the perfect book for the fantasy lover in your life!" The Mary Sue

"A gender flip version of Faust, and also a haunting love story that will linger." New York Journal of Books

"A masterpiece that has been so many years in the making, but the wait was truly worth every page...a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading the last word." —Seventeen Magazine

"Irresistibly contagious." — Locus Magazine

“One of the most haunting and bittersweetly beautiful novels I have ever read...a mature, introspective love story, and a thoughtful examination of what it means to have a life well lived.” —Manhattan Mercury News (Kansas)

"Schwab's brilliant epic novel blends fantasy and history, romance and art, as it moves back and forth through time. Addie, one of the author's most morally complex and riveting creations, embarks on adventures both grand and lowly, as she travels, ghostlike, through the centuries." —Bookmarks Magazine

“I was caught in the emotion, the demanded pound of flesh as I considered my own attachments and inherent sense of self, my notions of love and ache and need.” —Historical Novel Society

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