In flu-ravaged 1918 Philadelphia, Fiora Vicente, the freshly orphaned and forward-thinking daughter of the local fortune teller, has goals. She has ambitions. But when faced with a future she hasn’t planned, she has second thoughts–and casts her community into a stagnant bubble of time.
Inside the bubble, life among Fiora’s superstitious neighbors continues, but nothing progresses, swamped by a steady stream of unspent seconds. As the pressure builds Fiora realizes she must find the courage to collapse the bubble–or risk trapping her dreams in an unbearable, unyielding, and infinite Now. – Goodreads.com
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If you’re choosing a book by its cover you may bypass this one, so make sure instead you pick it up for the story.
This novel was gritty, magical, enlightening and frustrating in the best way.
LGBT+ characters, personal growth, and a touch of fairy tales. I absolutely recommend this to any history or magical realism lover.