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'Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders' by Julianna Baggott: EW review

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Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

Current Status:
In Season
Julianna Baggott
Little, Brown and Company

We gave it a B+

Family secrets make for ripe hunting grounds for novelists. In this evocative book, those secrets hide mystery after mystery, like a set of Russian nesting dolls. Harriet Wolf was a revered, reclusive author with a cult following, and years after her death, fans still clamor for a missing and rumored-to-exist final book. Left behind to grapple with this are Harriet’s daughter, Eleanor, and her granddaughters, Tilton and Ruth. Baggott switches narrative perspective among the Wolf women as they struggle with their individual issues, and you’ll grow to care for them all. No spoilers, but we’ll say this: Baggott knows how and when to reveal answers for the ultimate emotional punch. B+