On our Bookshelf – The 10,000 Doors of January

The 10,000 Doors of January

By Alix E. Harrow

“Doors, he told her, are change and change is a dangerous necessity.  Doors are revolutions and upheavals, uncertainties and mysteries, axis points around which entire worlds can be turned.  They are the beginnings and endings of every true story, the passages between that lead to adventures and madness and – here he smiled – even love.  Without doors the worlds would grow stagnant, calcified, storyless.”   The 10,000 Doors of January

Many of the most enduring books – The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter – involve doors, portals, magical entrances to other worlds and places.  The 10,000 Doors of January is a beautifully written fantasy about a young girl named January being raised in the early 1900s by an upper-class American man whom her father works for allegedly collecting archeological artifacts but in actuality, following stories and hunting for doors into other worlds.  As January begins following stories herself her own story unfolds into conspiracy, fear, and cruelty but also love, friendship and the importance of a good dog at your side while fighting the forces of evil.  The 10,000 Doors of January was nominated for the Hugo award for the best science fiction/fantasy work in 2020 and makes a great winter getaway to another world.


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