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 LAST UPDATE  7/21/20

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab, Tor, 2020, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-250-8756-1

Just when I thought the deal with the devil story was done forever. Three centuries ago, a young French woman made a deal with a devil. She is to become immortal, but the flip side is that no one will ever remember her after their first meeting. And so she goes through life - and we see bits and pieces of this sprinkled across three hundred years - without ever having a friend. Her love affairs are inevitably one night stands, and she has a lot of them, with both sexes. The curse seems unbreakable until the day she tries to steal a book and a young man remembers her the next time they meet. She has no idea why, and that of course is the ultimate plot in the novel. I have read and enjoyed previous books by this author but this was far more impressive than her earlier work. If she never wrote another word, I suspect she would be remembered for this one. 10/4/20