The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Hardcover)

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A slow burn of a novel that is a far cry from Schwab's usual heart-racing, bloody adventures - but with all her characteristic and mesmeric storytelling. Addie LaRue just wants to live a life beyond her tiny village and her age-old fate to marry, bear children, and be buried yards away from where she was born. Little does she realize that her prayers are answered...by the wrong god. One might even call him the devil. And so begins a game of cat-and-mouse across centuries as Addie struggles to live a meaningful life when no one can ever remember one - no one, that is, except one mysterious young man with secrets all his own.

— Cailey

I remember the first time I heard of Addie La Rue’s existence, not the exact date, just that I saw her tweet a mood board for it that had John Hamm as the Devil and it was a love story between a girl lost to time and the devil she made a deal with. That of course immediately caught my attention, and I have been nose to the floor for any details since. So to finally have read this glorious book that has kept me waiting I think for over a year at this point, that’s a gift all on it’s own. The book and the beautiful story she has crafted between the pages is the best thing of all. It’s the perfect, most terrifying story about different types of love including the love of one’s self, and how that can drive you to do things that only hurt you. The main driving force is the desperation of Addie. Her desperation for more time, for freedom, for love that she thinks she will never have because once she is out of sight, to them she is new, she is unknown. The devil visits her regularly, a desperation of his own developing, to drive her to give up her soul by making things as terrible as possible, but also his fear that she by defying him, is changing him. Then there’s the only one that can remember her, the man that made a deal for remembrance in exchange for time. They collide in truly one of the most harrowing loves I’ve ever read in a book, one you know is doomed despite how strong their feelings are. I read the first hundred pages of this book, took a break and went to work, and then came home and read until five thirty in the morning, and upon reaching the last fifty pages, I promptly started to weep. Furiously, in a grieving almost sort of way. I was nearing the end of Addie’s tale and in a way, by reading it, I the reader was remembering her, but she didn’t know that. Not until the end. This story overwhelmed me with the breadth of it’s emotion, it’s purpose, and it changed me. Not every book has that power, and I doubt I’ll read another one that can do what Addie La Rue did to me for a long time. Schwab has managed to do something that will strike her name through the halls of history, turning her into one of the masters of literature, and Addie will be in top of the line in this generation of new classics.

— Cat

Wow! THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE is absolutely my favorite type of story--one that grabs the reader from the first chapter, haunts their thoughts when they aren't reading it, and remain a go-to recommendation for years to come.

Victoria Schwab is a true master at seamlessly blending fiction and history. Every detail feels exquisitely placed, bringing Addie's story to life in a bittersweet, tragic, timeless way. The tension is perfectly paced, building slowly throughout the novel. With only sixty pages left to go, I felt like I'd absorbed every emotion from Addie and Henry - my heart was in my throat, and I knew I'd break into tears at any moment. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the end, and when I did, I immediately wanted to start over from the beginning because I didn't want to move on past this dream of a story.

I loved everything about THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE. What a celebration of life and all its pieces, from the big moments to the seemingly small details we take for granted on a daily basis. This is a novel that will cross genres to speak deeply to anyone who appreciates a well-crafted, thoughtful story. Without a doubt, Addie will be on my "Best of 2020" list!

— Beth

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“Epic, beautifully written, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a contemplation on life, death, what it means to make your mark on the world, and why we feel it’s important to do so. Addie makes a deal with a demon so she can live her life the way she wants to. But, like most deals, there are strings attached — and these strings make it so she is forgotten by everyone she meets. Dancing about time, the book shows Addie’s life over 300 years and takes a closer look at her modern life — after a boy in a bookshop remembers her. Months later, I’m still thinking about this book and how beautiful it is; my words don’t even come close to doing it justice. Read this book.”
— Lindsey Pattavina, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

Description


AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

#1 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick - October 2020

Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine

A “Best Of” Book From: CNN * Amazon * Amazon Editors * Goodreads * Bustle * PopSugar * BuzzFeed * Barnes & Noble * Kirkus Reviews * Lambda Literary * Nerdette * The Nerd Daily * Polygon * Library Reads * io9 * Smart Bitches Trashy Books * LiteraryHub * Medium * BookBub * The Mary Sue * Chicago Tribune * NY Daily News * SyFy Wire * Powells.com * Bookish * Book Riot *

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.

About the Author


VICTORIA “V.E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

Praise For…


Praise for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:
“For someone damned to be forgettable, Addie LaRue is a most delightfully unforgettable character, and her story is the most joyous evocation of unlikely immortality.”
Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and winner of multiple Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards

“Victoria Schwab sends you whirling through a dizzying kaleidoscopic adventure through centuries filled with love, loss, art and war — all the while dazzling your senses with hundreds of tiny magical moments along the way. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will enchant readers as deeply as its heroine’s Faustian bargain; you will find yourself in quick turns both aching with heartbreak, and gleefully crowing at the truly delicious, wicked cleverness in store.”
Naomi Novik, Nebula and Locus Award-winning author of Spinning Silver

Addie Larue is a book perfectly suspended between darkness and light, myth and reality. [This novel] is—ironically—unforgettable.” — Hugo Award winner Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the kind of book you encounter only once in a lifetime. . . . A defiant, joyous rebellion against time, fate, and even death itself—and a powerful reminder that the only magic great enough to conquer all of it is love.”— Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

“Sweeping in its scope yet wonderfully intimate, it's dark and sexy yet romantic and heartbreaking.”Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Black Sun

“Rich and satisfying.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“A knockout.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Epic.” –Library Journal, Starred Review
“Deeply romantic, impossibly detailed.” –Booklist, Starred Review
“A delightful surprise and a balm in difficult times..” –BookPage, Starred Review


“Schwab’s page-turner is an achingly poignant romantic fantasy about the desperate desire to make one’s mark on the world.” Oprah.com, Best LGBTQ Books of 2020

“A beautiful, meditative novel with an ending that hit me right in the heart.” Buzzfeed, Best Fall Fantasy 2020

"It's a bit cheeky to call The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Faust for romantic bisexual goths, but it's not wrong... I for one will most certainly remember her."NPR

“Addie is unlike anything Schwab has written before—epic yet intimate, sweeping but not sprawling... If Addie shows anything, it’s that the impact of our actions and interactions can be vaster and longer-lasting than we can predict. Much like the seven freckles that sprinkle Addie’s face, we create our own constellations, and as we live through these darkened days, I feel brighter for having added Addie to mine.”—Slate

“Schwab beautifully explores what it means to be alone for so long that it's jarring and terrifying once you are finally seen...Addie is an independent and fascinating character who manages to make her mark in spite of the odds.”—USA Today

“Schwab’s writing is warm and intense, and the passages set in the past often make you feel as if you’re reading by candlelight...The book is an elegant comment on the erasure of women from recorded history, but not a pointed one; you never feel that Addie LaRue is a metaphor. She is a woman fighting literally to be seen while bearing witness to her own life, and I rooted for her throughout.”—New York Times Book Review

“One of the most propulsive, compulsive and captivating novels in recent memory.”—Washington Post

“There is no particular art to literary fiction that doesn’t exist in fiction of other genres, and V. E. Schwab’s new book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue isn’t just an amazing book for its genre; it’s an amazing book, full stop...a gorgeous, immersive story...Schwab is an inclusive, ambitious, and exacting writer, and she doesn’t let either her characters or her readers off the hook...This book doesn’t blend genres, or even transcend genre. Schwab simply renders the idea of genre irrelevant—because, in the end, it is. What The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue does—what any truly great book does—is transport and transform us. And in the end, that’s the only thing that’s important to remember.”—Chicago Review of Books

"This evocative and clever tale will leave you smiling, filled with love and longing for more magical moments in everyday life."—CNN, Best Books of October

"Expansive and utterly heart-wrenching...both heartbreaking and hopeful. I read the last hundred pages well into the night, gasping and sobbing. It’s a beautiful read."Bookriot, 25 Must Read New Fantasy Books

“A remarkable, genre-defying epic of a woman fighting to thrive in a world that denies her existence....stunning.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers

"When I first finished Addie LaRue, I sat back with a deep sense of wonder. Schwab’s words had weaved their spell and left me starstruck... eloquent and beautiful...Addie LaRue sparks something internally as you read and what is the point of reading, if not to feel?"—The Nerd Daily

“[An] enthralling romantic adventure.”—Business Insider

"A career triumph...Her propulsive, lyric prose is here, her morally complex, entrancing characters, her unique shape of magic, all wrought within this entirely fresh premise that will no doubt become a long-lasting favorite...Addie defies genre, blending romance and history, fantasy and monstrosity, cresting through peaks of time, centered on a young (and also, technically very old) woman with both less and more agency than anyone alive...romantic, ambitious, and defiantly, deliberately hopeful. Epic and intimate at once, it asks what art is...Schwab is simply one of the most skilled writers working in her genre...The feat of this book is frankly awe-inspiring.”—Tor.com

“[Schwab] flexes her beautiful prose and sets the stage for an unforgettable tale.”—SyFy Wire

"Poetic and heartrending, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is perfect for fans of time travel stories, historical fiction, and fantasy alike." The Register-Herald
"This spellbinding story is destined to be a classic." Greatist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765387561
ISBN-10: 0765387565
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 448