A wildly inventive fantasy about a young woman who makes a deal with the devil in the 1700s, and lives for the next 300 years unable to be remembered by anyone.
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In 1714 France, Addie LaRue is desperate to escape her impending marriage to a local widower. Despite warnings to never pray to the gods that answer after dark, she makes a bargain–for time, for freedom–in exchange for her soul. Granted what she wants, she is also doomed to be forgotten by anyone who ever meets her.
For 300 years, Addie lives within the strange confines of her curse, playing an ongoing cat-and-mouse game with the devil who is waiting on her. And then everything changes when she meets a young man who can remember her.
This wildly inventive book is exactly the kind of fantasy that I like: grounded in the real world, with magic and mysticism that throws everything known off-kilter. There’s something here for everyone: historical fiction, contemporary fiction, a little romance, and fantasy.
In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.