The Rabbit Back Literature Society Kindle Edition
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The way it was described, I was expecting a thriller that will make your toes curl. Murder, mystery and suspense were all things I was waiting for. Unfortunately, although there was mystery, and an alleged murder/disappearance, there was very little suspense to make your toes curl.
The Rabbit Back Literature Society is about a very secretive and important society of the best writers in Rabbit Back. They consist of 9 members, never picking the 10th member before - until Ella. Ella is a literature substitute teacher who lives at home with her mother and peculiar dad. After a series of strange and not so important events, Ella is picked to be the 10th member of this elite Society. However, before she can truly become a member, her welcome party is attacked by a bizarre snow storm of sorts, in which Laura White, the head of the Society, disappears. Ella begins to understand that all is not as it seems in this Society, and wants to find out where Laura disappeared to and why.
So begins a series of interviews with the rest of the Society members, who obviously have a lot hidden and Ella starts to uncover that a 10th member did exist at one time many years ago. She tries to figure out what happened to him and after weeks and months of this, Laura is assumed dead, and Ella believes that this boy may have been murdered.
It's a good book, an interesting story, but not what I expected going into it. It is well written though, and I did want to know what happened to that little boy who disappeared and Laura White. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a lot of loose ends left unresolved, but overall an entertaining book.
Ella Milana is originally from Rabbit Back and is now back home taking a substitute teacher position after going to school for literary history focusing mainly on Laura White the author of the Creatureville series and the founder of the Rabbit Back Literature Society. While there she connected strongly to her favorite professor also a devotee of Laura White. When Ella gets asked to be a member of the society the story picks up again and starts the real questions in the book.
We learn the some of the deepest secrets of the society ones they want to keep buried far under ground. At the same time though Ella discovers a way that she can get the interviews and to make sure that the authors do not lie to her. It is a privilege of the society that they can play “The Game” where they spill anything that is asked of them without any lying or metaphor. Only the truth stripped down to the basic words. “The Game” is probably my favorite part of the book and the best device to move the story along in a group of authors who do not speak to one another.
Jääskaläinen is a clever writer and shows us a look at a society that might not be everything it claims and holds some secrets that the reader will beg to discover. He slowly teases out the answers or lets the reader decide the true fate of the mystery. Which one is it is left up to the imagination and the reader can fill in the blanks. I was taken into this world and did not want it to end but I found that I was okay with not knowing every answer to the mysteries it was a good metaphor that the reader can never know the full view but only a portion at a time. Give it a shot if you like the idea of a secret society for authors and wanting to know their secrets.
process? Can we ever know how/why an author writes? The ever elusive nature of memory. The Roshamon (sp?) aspect of what people recall from an incident, from a specific time in their life.
This novel is abstruse, profound, thrilling and confounding.
It is easy to read. One needs to read carefully. I LOVE this book.