The Rabbit Back Literature Society
This novel is about a secretive literature society in a small town in Finland, with an ending that does not really work. Rabbit Back is a small town in Finland, home of a popular children’s author who is known worldwide named Laura White. Mrs. White decides to create a literature society that will produce the next generation of great Finnish writers, nine children who show great promise. The story takes place years later when a new tenth member joins the literature society and starts to learn its dark secrets, from “the Game” to the story of a previous tenth member who mysteriously died. Without giving away too much, Mrs. White disappears at a party for the new member, and the action takes place from that point on. With each twist and turn we learn more and more about these self-destructive writers.
The book’s concept is interesting, and it is generally fun to read. It keeps you engrossed. At times the story gets bogged down by things that do not seem to matter overall, like a book plague. The world-building mythology is nice, but the ending is somewhat of a disappointment.
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
Thomas Dunne Books