This book is very thought provoking and therefore an excellent book to discuss at book clubs. Also it as it centres around an attempted suicide it is important if affected by the book to seek appropriate help. As it can not be discussed without spoiling the book; I have also written a brief spolier free review.
I read it within just a few days.
My favourite quote from the book is:
“You can choose choices but not outcomes”
The book explores different choices Nora could have made and the impact those decisions could have had on her life. The book shows that different choices may not improve life way think. It is about not dwelling and regretting decisions. It brought to mind a quote I like from Oliva Joules and the overactive imagination by Helen Fielding who wrote the Bridget Jones books.
“Don’t regret anything. Remember there wasn’t anything else that could have happened, given who you are and the state of the world at that moment. The only thing you can change is the present, so learn from the past.”
I thought that the final life Nora experienced before returning to her ‘root’ life was a positive one; maybe because it is the type of life that I would like to have. I’m glad that Haig did not write the book with her switching to that life because that would have made the book unrealistic and into the realms of science fiction. As the book has been written then the midnight library can be interpreted as a figment of Nora’s imagination; a dream. I like to think that the final life is potentially Nora’s future; something to aspire to if she wishes.
By not writing that Nora died and retuning her to her former life Haig showed her life was not all bad and still had potential. I do not think it is good how simple he made Nora realising potential seem as for real people it would not be so easy. Nora’s estranged brother comes to see her because of the suicide attempt; I think it is potentially unwise to imply a suicide attempt can win back anyone’s love.