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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab Review/Summary

Writer: V. E. Schwab
Publication Tor Books
ISBN-10 0765387565
Language: English
Genre: History
Best Sellers Rank: #29,565 in Books
Custoer review 4.5/5
Publish Date: 6 October 2020

The story is told through a combination of present-day narrative set in New York City and flashbacks that trace Addie's life from her childhood in France to her experiences traveling the world and witnessing significant historical events. In the early 1700s, Addie, burdened by a forced marriage, prays to the gods for her freedom and accidentally catches the attention of a god of the night named Luc, who offers her the time she wants with the condition that no one will ever remember her after one encounter. Addie subtly influences many people over time, making marks in history and inspiring the creation of songs and art about her. Luc visits her every year, asking for her soul, but she refuses every time. Their relationship develops over time, but it ends when Luc asks again for her soul, as Addie believes their relationship was just a ploy.

In 2014, Addie meets Henry Strauss, who somehow remembers her and can speak her name. They become romantically involved, but Addie discovers that Henry only has 35 days left to live per conditions of his deal with Luc. Henry felt bogged down in his life and attempted suicide. Luc granted his wish, allowing Henry to be seen as what people desire most. This allows Henry to remember Addie, fulfilling her wish that someone would remember her. Addie sacrifices herself to Luc, agreeing to be his so long as he wants her at his side. She does not surrender her soul as Luc claims to be in love with her. Luc agrees to this in exchange for Henry's freedom, with Addie's condition that Henry remember her. Henry publishes the stories Addie told him of her past in a book called The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, which becomes an instant success. Addie hopes to manipulate Luc to let her go and finally have peace.