Books from the Backlog #187

Posted November 11, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 10 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #187Eleanor by Jason Gurley
Published by Crown on January 12, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
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Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme's life. Eleanor's family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother's growing rage. Years pass, and Eleanor's painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones. One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family's loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother's grief and her father's heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda's death was not the only tragic loss in her family's fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.

Why did I add Eleanor to my bookshelf?

I downloaded this book from NetGalley back in October 2015. It sounded good then and it sounds good now but I kind of forgot about it. I am going through all of my past due NetGalley books right now and am going to start really focusing on getting them read as soon as possible. I noticed that Cassandra Campbell narrates the audiobook so I just purchased a copy and should be listening to it very soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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About Jason Gurley

JASON GURLEY is the author of Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and the fiction collection Deep Breath Hold Tight, among other works. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Loosed Upon the World and Help Fund My Robot Army!!! He was raised in Alaska and Texas, and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon

10 responses to “Books from the Backlog #187

  1. Sounds like an interesting blend of grief and fantasy. I am definitely cheering you on with your goal of getting to all your older Net Galleys. I’m trying to get caught up and keep up, too. 🙂

  2. I was just going through my NG shelf last night. There were so few that I have not reviewed that I want to read, so it’s awesome that this still sounds good to you.