Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings.

This week I’m waiting on The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird.

Welcome to The Emporium of Imagination, a most unusual shop that travels the world offering vintage gifts to repair broken dreams and extraordinary phones to contact lost loved ones.

But, on arrival in the tiny township of Boonah, the store’s long-time custodian, Earlatidge Hubert Umbray, makes a shocking realisation. He is dying…

The clock is now ticking to find his replacement, because the people of Boonah are clearly in need of some restorative magic.

Like Enoch Rayne – a heartbroken ten-year-old boy mourning the loss of his father, while nurturing a guilty secret.

Like Ann Harlow, who has come to the town to be close to her dying grandmother. Though it’s Enoch’s father who dominates her thoughts – and regrets . . .

Even Earlatidge in his final days will experience the store as never before – and have the chance to face up to his own tragedy . . .

I loved Bird’s 2020 debut, A Lifetime of Impossible Days, a hard-hitting magical realism novel about the intergenerational impacts of abuse, and I have no doubt her sophomore novel will be as beautiful, and as heartbreaking.

The Emporium of Imagination will be released on 30 March 2021 by Penguin Random House Australia.

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