Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children's author Laura White to join the Rabbit Back Literature Society, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: a young literature teacher named Ella.
Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as "The Game"? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White's winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, as Ella explores the Society and its history, disturbing secrets that had been buried for years start to come to light. . . .
In Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen's chilling, darkly funny novel, The Rabbit Back Literature Society, praised as "Twin Peaks meets the Brothers Grimm" (The Telegraph), the uncanny brushes up against the everyday in the most beguiling and unexpected of ways.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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About the Author
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen is well known in his native Finland for his fantasy and sci-fi narratives and has twice won the Kuvastaja Fantasy Prize given by Finland's Tolkien Society and four times won the Atorox Award for Fantasy. He teaches Finnish language and literature and is the father of three sons.
PASI ILMARI JÄÄSKELÄINEN is well known in his native Finland for his fantasy and sci-fi narratives and has twice won the Kuvastaja Fantasy Prize given by Finland's Tolkien Society and four times won the Atorax Award for Fantasy. He is the author of The Rabbit Back Literature Society, teaches Finnish language and literature and is the father of three sons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Part of the joy in reading comes from perspectives: from the author, from the characters they create, and even their cultural differences. Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen has created a story that, at the outset, feels very light and fun, but not unlike the more sanitized stories from the Brothers Grimm, hold a darker edge just below that surface. A story that is almost pure magical realism in feel, there is a touch of mystery and some psychological games mixed in the twisty plot. Rabbit Back is a small Finnish town, where all is not as it seems. A small literary society, always numbering 9 until this story, is comprised of well-known children’s authors. A gathering party is held to welcome the new 10th member Ella, the first in years. Ella is unusual in the group: firstly she has only written one short story, but that she is convinced there is a mystery around the group. With a disappearing member, a book ‘plague’ that causes the contents of previously published works to alter, Ella is discovering that there are many layers to the members and secrets in Rabbit Back. With members required to divulge their innermost secrets, multiple characters telling their stories, and the addition of several surrealist dreams, there is no lack of input to keep a reader wondering. There were many elements to keep straight in this story, fortunately the ride was a fun one where they all started to fall into place reasonably early. The prose and descriptions are lovely, with a sense of foreboding that is offset by lighter moments from pure silliness to the descriptions of place. The writing was very smooth and polished, with the exception of some repetitive moments. Translation for this story was provided by Lola Rogers, and having read several translated works there was no stilted feel to the translation that can happen when elements unique to a world or culture are translated from the original. Take a chance to immerse yourself in the world of Rabbit Back, it was a fun journey with plenty to recommend. I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Weird, but well written and made you think. Sometimes a little disturbing.
With the otherworldly, hallucinogenic feel reminiscent of Cazotte's The Devil in Love and the lucid dreaminess of The Night Circus, this novel uniquely delights. A book for those who love the question more than the answer!
I loved this book It has such original ideas in it with great character description you will love this book i wish there were mire translated from this author
I haven't been disappointed in a book for some time now. This one broke my streak. It had so much potential for an amazing story. But instead, the author seems to grow bored of writing, and decides to simply end it!
Not to my taste personal but you may like this genre