Moths of the New World

Audrey Niffenegger

Read time: a minute

I have two books parked on my shelf by Audrey Niffenegger but I never really touched them after I got them from the book by weight sale. This short story seems like a good start to reading the author because I absolutely loved the short story.

The story begins beautifully with ‘The Book woke up in a strange man’s apartment.’

The short story talks about a book that is stolen from the library and lands in a strange man’s apartment. The book is terrified of the new environment since she was never taken out of the library. No one wants to read ‘Moths of the New World’, do they?

While the people at the library are worried about the book, the book on the other hand falls in love with the world outside and wants to stay in it for a little longer.

Personification of books is not the only unique part of the book. The author successfully talks philosophy, alternate realism and importance of literary awards amongst the authors!

“We write for the readers, but if William Shakespeare continues to publish after he is long dead…the readers think it is a hoax, you see.”

This is the story of magical realism, the first I read for 365stories.

We are reading only female story tellers this month! Yes there are those many! Have a recommendation for us? Please tell us in the comments below.

Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH