Mar 272015

It takes a certain chutzpah to have a first-person narrator with no name, and yet this book does. The premise: there exist beings (no spoilers) who can take over a body; they pass between them by touching flesh. They live out our lives, in moments or decades, and move on before they die.

Many of my favourite things from The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August are here: the careful attention to detail in perspective, and how it shifts through people, time, and space. North’s writing is engaging, thought-provoking, and may keep you awake at night, wondering what you’re missing.

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