No Two Persons, a review by Di

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Erica Bauermeister

St Martin’s Press
May 2, 2023
320 pages | Goodreads | Amazon

No two persons ever read the same book, or saw the same picture.
~The Writings of Madame Swetchine, 1860

Before the book starts, the reader is faced with this quote. In my mind, it means that every person has a different view of a book or a painting.

This is a book about a book. It is about Alice who has always loved books and wanted to be a writer. After experiencing tragedy she finally found it within herself to write and publish a book called Theo.

The remainder of the book is about nine different people who read Theo. Each one of them comes to read the book under different circumstances. And of course, each person gets something different from the book. The book affects the characters in a meaningful way, but differently.

I enjoyed the different characters. They were from all walks of life. An actor escaping from society. A troubled teenage girl. A widower looking for a change of scenery. And more. Each character needed a boost in life. And, for different reasons, the book, Theo, gave each character what they needed.

The author demonstrates the power of books and the power of reading. Something I have always believed in. It is well written and well constructed.

The cover deserves a special mention. After finishing the book, the reader can recognize the characters depicted in the book.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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