Crossings by Alex Landragin

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Copy of Science Fiction with pink background and oversized moon with reflection in water

Alright everyone…this was was something completely different, and it was wonderful! You get to choose which way you want to read this one. You can read it the regular old way, front to back…OR you can be adventurous and read it the Baronness’ sequence way. I chose adventure 😉, because seriously, I can read a book from front to back any old time, but bouncing around is something rare!

Crossings is a story about the journey of two souls through a multitude of bodies trying to right a wrong. If you read this the chronological way, it is a book broken into three separate stories. I did not choose to read it this way, so I don’t have a lot of information on the experience of reading it like this. I chose the Baronness’ sequence. Reading the story this way, at the end of a chapter, it will send you to a new page number. When that chapter is over, you jump to a new spot in the book, all the way through.

I have to say, I really enjoyed reading the story this way. It created one seamless story that really answered questions that I had as the story progressed. I would definitely recommend being adventurous and reading this way!

This story was fantastically written. The story weaves around in time, so when I had a question about something in one person’s life, later in the story, I would find out what happened. It always left me feeling so satisfied! This author did an amazing job creating such an intricate timeline and characters. It was completely amazing!

Overall, I loved this book. The story was fascinating and utterly engrossing. I felt completely fulfilled after reading this. I closed the book thinking that this is how all books should end. It was amazing.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Crossings to readers that enjoy a magical journey that you can’t put down!

Where to Find This Book:

Crossings by Alex Landragin is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Goodreads

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Crossings is an unforgettable and explosive genre-bending debut–a novel in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven lifetimes.

On the brink of the Nazi occupation of Paris, a German-Jewish bookbinder stumbles across a manuscript called Crossings. It has three narratives, each as unlikely as the next. And the narratives can be read one of two ways: either straight through or according to an alternate chapter sequence. The first story in Crossings is a never-before-seen ghost story by the poet Charles Baudelaire, penned for an illiterate girl. Next is a noir romance about an exiled man, modeled on Walter Benjamin, whose recurring nightmares are cured when he falls in love with a storyteller who draws him into a dangerous intrigue of rare manuscripts, police corruption, and literary societies. Finally, there are the fantastical memoirs of a woman-turned-monarch whose singular life has spanned seven generations. With each new chapter, the stunning connections between these seemingly disparate people grow clearer and more extraordinary. Crossings is an unforgettable adventure full of love, longing and empathy.

Just the Facts:

Crossings by Alex Landragin
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery
Page Count: 384 
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: July 28, 2020

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I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily..

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