The first book of the new year, but not my first book for the 2017 challenge. I've been working on that for a few weeks now. I read this book for the author from another country category. When I first picked this book up, in spite of the author's name, I had no idea that this was the case. I had no idea that the author was from Finland and with my recent Backman fascination, I guess I'm starting to have a thing for Scandanavian writers.
This is one of the most original books I have read in a long time. It's the story of Ella, a substitute English teacher who lives in the small town of Rabbit Back. Here, the famous children's author, Laura White, is the local celebrity. She has chosen 9 children to become members of the Rabbit Back Literature Society. It is her intent to raise them up to be writers, which does, in fact happen.
After submitting a story to the local paper, Ella is invited to join the society. This book is about what she learns after she becomes a member. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and that it really kept you guessing. The Game was a bit creepy, in my opinion.
I think that this book would also work as Magical realism because it definitely works to bridge the every day and the magical. There is even a touch of horror in the story. I gave it three stars.