Book of the Week; Rabbit Back Literature Society, by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen Ps10.09

Article excerpt

What if the books you loved started changing as you read them? What if the stories you tell yourself didn't happen quite like you remember? These are the questions that begin to haunt Ella Amanda Milana as she returns to Rabbit Back, a small Finnish town where literature has a life of its own.

Soon she finds herself drawn into the peculiar rituals of the Rabbit Back Literature Society, a select group of writers headed by the enigmatic children's author Laura White.

Jaaskelainen deftly weaves this tale of peculiar literary goings on into a touching and humorous portrait of family loss and moving on when you seem destined to be stuck in the same place forever.

The recurring themes of memory and childhood ground the almost fairytale setting in the mythologies of real life. And the cast of would-be-authors and renegade librarians are the perfect companions to Ella's dawning realisation "that under one reality there's always another. …