The Measure

HarperAudio. Jun. 2022. 10:57 hrs. ISBN 9780063204249. $26.99. F
What if you woke one morning to find the measure of your life sitting in a box on your doorstep? In Erlick’s debut novel, every adult in the world receives these inexplicable, indestructible omens and faces unimaginable decisions. Some gain a new lease on life; others take it as a death sentence. The novel focuses on eight individuals, seemingly set apart yet indelibly intertwined, who must decide whether they want to live a long life or a deep one. Erlick compellingly and captivatingly explores each facet of human nature, from hatred to heartbreak to hope. Narrator Julia Whelan’s placid tone is enchanting and sincere, drawing listeners into the character-driven narrative, and her steady pace will contrast and compound their urgent need to know what comes next.
VERDICT The original and inspiring premise will appeal to listeners seeking magical realism blended with uplifting, emotionally intense literary fiction. Recommended for fans of Emily St. John Mandel and Chloe Benjamin.
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