Yesterday, I finished my first book of 2016, and I absolutely loved it! I love starting off the year with a good book, and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was the perfect choice!
Every time Harry August dies, he’s reborn in the exact same time and place. Harry’s gone to war, gone to college, traveled the world, fallen in love, been killed, and killed himself, but no matter what he does, his life begins again in exactly the same way: New Year’s Day 1919 in the women’s bathroom of a train station. He has the knowledge of his previous lives, but nothing ever really changes. Until his eleventh life, when a little girl lists Harry on his deathbed. She tells him the world is ending. Each life, the end of the world is arriving sooner and sooner. The message has been passed down through the centuries, but no one has discovered how or why. And now it’s up to Harry.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It started off slow, but ended up becoming an incredible story. I can tell you right now, this will be one of my favorite books of the year. It was just that good. The story was compelling and interesting, and North does an amazing job of jumping around in time, while intricately weaving a complex story. I really enjoyed her style, and thought Harry made a really great narrator. I think this is definitely going to be a book I return to every so often – it’s one of those I know I won’t be able to stop thinking about.
If you like historical fiction or magical realism, I think this is a must-read! And if you don’t, you should read it anyway because it’s fantastic. The audiobook of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is also great, if you’re looking for a new audiobook – I initially got it on Audible, and ended up switching back and forth between the audiobook and a hard copy.
You can pick up a copy of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August here. And, if you’ve started reading it, or will be reading it soon, please don’t stop in the middle of the book – I know it’s a bit slow, but it gets so good at the end! It’s worth it, I promise!