The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone

Berkley. Jan. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593546475. pap. $17. F
DEBUT Myra Malone is a reclusive writer of a blog that focuses on the minuscule mansion bequeathed to her long ago by her beloved step-grandmother, who died in car accident when Myra was five. The mansion, a dollhouse of sorts, has a life force of its own. Furniture appears out of nowhere; music plays in the rooms. When her childhood home is imperiled, Myra and her friend Gwen reach out to the blog’s fans, offering a variety of things—the chance to decorate a room in the mansion, lunch with Myra— and use the funds to save her home. Furniture designer Alex Rakes lives in a home that is eerily similar to the mansion. He wants to meet Myra. Myra begins to slowly venture out of her comfort zone because she is intrigued by the man who is living in the life-size mansion that matches her minuscule one. Alex shares his family drama history with Myra and they begin to connect—but they are connected in ways they do not even realize.
VERDICT This well-written novel with heart-warming characters is perfect for fans of magical realism by the likes of Sarah Addison Allen and Isabel Allende.
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