Pikes Pick: Take a magical journey with Menna van Praag's 'The House at the End of Hope Street'

By Jen Mulson Published: September 13, 2017 0
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I'm savoring Menna van Praag's 2013 novel "The House at the End of Hope Street" in the hopes it never will end. Main character Alba winds up on the doorstep of a magical house when her life comes to a crossroad. The residence's caretaker Peggy tells her she's welcome to stay and attempt to turn her life around with the help of the house but on one condition: She only has 99 days to do so. Van Praag's writing reminds me a bit of Paulo Coelho's novels, where wisdom is woven into the text in such an innocuous way you barely notice.

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