Every Heart a Doorway (Hardcover)
What happens to children and young people after they return from visiting a magical realm (such as Narnia and Wonderland)? Most of them cannot adapt to the 'real world' again and are psychologically damaged, so they end up at Eleanor West's School For Wayward Children. Now, someone is murdering the students. This brilliant little book explores the idea of narrative as a survival tool with humor, terror, and a distinctly skewed sensibility. This is a wonderful tale for fantasy-loving adults and older teens, and it maintains a refreshing sense of wonder.— From William Recommends
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.
No matter the cost.
PRAISE FOR "EVERY HEART A DOORWAY"
"Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain. We know this story isn't true, but it is truth." Charlaine Harris, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (TV's "True Blood")
""Every Heart a Doorway" by Seanan McGuire is one of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." V. E. Schwab, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Gathering of Shadows"
"Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children." Paul Cornell, author of "London Falling "and "Witches of Lychford"
"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." iO9
"With "Every Heart a Doorway," McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." NPR.
About the Author
Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and several other works, both standalone and in trilogies. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.She was the winner of the 2010 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.