What else should an Intrepid Reader do during the winter but — well, read?
Join the Polar Book Club in reading The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks.
It's a novel loaded with time travel, mystery, and — you know what? I'll let the author describe the book himself:
Annabelle Aster has discovered a curious thing behind her home in San Francisco: a letter box perched atop a picket fence. The note inside is blunt—“Trespass is dealt with at the business end of a shotgun in these parts!”— spurring some lively correspondence between the Bay Area orphan and her new neighbor, a feisty widow living in a nineteenth century Kansas wheat field.
The source of mischief is an antique door Annie installed at the rear of her house. The man who made the door—a famed Victorian illusionist—died under mysterious circumstances. Annie and her new neighbor, with the help of friends and strangers alike, must solve the mystery of what connects them across time before one of them is convicted of a murder that is yet to happen... and somehow already did.
Now that you're hooked... start reading!
Let's begin the discussion on Monday, March 4.
You can leave a comment on the blog, below, or email me your impressions and observations and I'll publish the thread of our conversation on the blog. You can decide how you want to be identified, if at all, in the conversation.
Thanks to Intrepid Reader Karen for giving me the book last summer, and for suggesting it for the Polar Book Club.
Questions? Comments? Ideas for the Spring Reading Club? Comment below or contact me!