Under the Whispering Door – Publishing 2021
“When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.” – Goodreads
Thank you to MacMillan/Tor Publishing and Netgalley for the ARCs of this absolutely incredible book!
Having read The House in the Cerulean Sea earlier this year, and loved it, I was so excited to dive into this one. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. T.J. Klune’s writing feels like a big, warm, hug. That’s the best way I can think of to describe it. To know his characters is to feel peace, tranquility and love. How easily he writes inclusivity and normalizes the human experience is not only enjoyable, but also refreshing. His characters are unapologetically themselves, and it’s beautiful.
This book is about grief and death, and it will have you thinking about grief and death. You’ll think about your own afterlife thoughts, you’ll think of those you’ve lost, and you’ll worry about what will happen when you’re gone – and what would happen if that happened sooner than later. That’s a heavy thing, but rest assured Klune will have you feeling at peace with these topics.
Read this book. Hug this book.