I have started going down a rabbit hole of Tin House Books and Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith was the beginning of the journey. I heard about this book from Liberty Hardy who kept raving about it on All the Books podcast as being one of her favorite books. After reading the book, I can see why.
The story is about Isabel who shops thrift stores, fixes damaged books in the library, and lives through her imagination. She has a thing for Spoke, an army vet who works with her in the library.
Isabel creates story around the things she sees and interacts with- a simple postcard or a dress. These simple things become peeks into a larger world.
The book itself travels through time with Isabel and is divided up into small chapters around an item or a thought. The only confusing part of the book is where we are in Isabel's timeline.
This is a very quick read at just over 100 pages, but it is the writing that is worth the time. The story is great, but it is also a simple one, but the way Smith tells it is worth the price of the book. Recently, I have been reading books and then selling them off at half the cost, but this is one that I am going to keep due to the beauty of the writing. Her writing just flows and carries the story through Isabel's eyes. Isabel's imagination is great because Smith writes her character so well. All I can say is read the first few lines in the Amazon book preview and I guarantee you will be hooked.
Smith just recently wrote another book with another publisher called Marrow Island, which I also look forward to reading, but if you want to give her a shot, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
I gave this one 4 stars.
Here is your Amazon link- Glaciers by Alexis M Smith