SYNOPSIS: 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. (AMAZON)
How many times have we wished that an aspect of our lives were different? Put a god in our paths—would we pray to it for help, even while knowing the fickle ways of the gods?
Schwab's new gift to readers is absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking and eye-opening as we follow Addie after she makes a pact with a dark devil for a life that she believes she wants, without looking ahead to the consequences. And her wish is certainly granted. By that point, it's too late to go back and think things through, and she has to fight through life for three-hundred years without leaving an impression in the mind of a single person that she meets.
Still, she leaves footprints, and presents herself through artistic history to those who are willing to look and notice, to listen and wonder.
“Live long enough, and you learn how to read a person.
To ease them open like a book, some passages underlined
and others hidden between the lines.”
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue blooms at a leisurely pace, but it is a rhythm that allows the reader to savor rather than lag. The language and writing are gorgeous, the magical fantasy is moving. You have the ability to not just bond with Addie as a character, but to appreciate and commiserate with the path that she chose. It's often hard to read—because this young woman struggles to find her place in the world—but it tugs deep into the emotional well, and it's so easy to see how tempting it would be to do as she did for the price that she paid.
As she so often makes a point of telling Luc, despite the rough moments that she has experienced, she has lived life. It's been a lonely life a lot of the time, but she has nonetheless flourished. And in the end, she was remembered.