A coming of age story, a fantasy of many worlds through many doors, and a novel of finding home. Though not particularly easy to describe, this book is a quick read with fascinating world building. Taking place in the early 1900s America, January Scaller discovers that there are doors that lead to other places, doors that other people are trying to keep closed, and ends up on a journey to find her family, and her home, despite the people and creatures that are trying to stop her.
September 2019 Indie Next List
“This is one of the most beautifully written pieces of magical fiction I’ve ever read. I was obsessed with the book within the first two pages. Take an unforgettable journey with January Scaller through doors of lost worlds and heart-wrenching love stories. This book shows just how much power a story can hold, especially with the right storyteller at the helm. I could re-read this book countless times and still find new treasures that speak to me!”
— Alexa Butler, Beach Books, Seaside, OR
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“I didn’t want this novel to end! Filled with magic, adventure, and—even during its darkest moments—hope, Harrow’s sweeping and whimsical storytelling is enchanting. Set in the early 1900s, the novel follows January’s journey of pinpointing her own individual identity as well as discovering her parents’ pasts. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a stunning debut novel and a perfect read for any fantasy fan!”
— Isabel Pless, Phoenix Books Essex, Essex Junction, VT
In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut. In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut--step inside and discover its magic. Early praise for The Ten Thousand Doors of January: Many worlds, vanishing doors, mind-cracking magic: I clung to each page, searching for answers. This is one of the most unique works of fiction I've ever read --Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling authorA gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting. -- Christina Henry, national bestselling author of Lost Boys and AliceWith lush writing and a sense of wonder, The Ten Thousand Doors of January examines power, progress, and identity. It is an adventure in the best and grandest sense. --Erika Swyler, national bestselling author of The Book of Speculation.