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I spent this entire book thinking "Yes, but what does it mean?". I never truly found out. For me that is a badge of literary distinction; I have met a worthy opponent and admit my defeat. But I will try again. And again. And again.
I am perhaps making more of this tale than necessary; but its lyrical, whimsical prose, its Gothic timbre and mysteriously dark undertow, its sheer random plot twists beg for interpretation. Surely this can't just be another story about a girl leaving childhood fancies behind, however reluctantly.
Even so, it is a mighty good take on that story. Abigail is unlike so many of those protagonists, or maybe she is a little of all of them. Like Alice, she is utterly absorbed in herself and pays only lip-service to notions of kindness. Like Wendy, she envisions herself the tragic heroine in a grand romance. Like September, she is not a little heartless. And she is up against the seductive power of never having to give up her dreams.
This is not a tale for everybody, but it will hook those with the stamina to take it on. I predict, like me, you will be drawn in and tempted to stay in Abigail's world.