Schwab, V. E.
An engrossing Faustian story for a new age. In the 1700s Addie LaRue makes a deal with the devil: In exchange for immortality, the devil will have her soul when she doesn’t want it anymore. The catch? Nobody can remember her once she is out of sight. For three hundred years she travels the world alone, her only legacy the art she has inspired along the way (even though the artists don’t remember their muse). Then, in 2014, she shoplifts from a New York City bookshop ... and the shop clerk doesn’t forget her. Their budding romance is almost as captivating as the story of Addie’s long life. Addie LaRue is such a remarkable character – resilient and brave and full of wonder – that by the end of the book, three centuries doesn’t seem like enough time with her. I cannot recommend this beautiful, heart-wrenching novel enough.
Jessica Sheff (Staff) (Preston Library)