Little, Big

By John Crowley
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"Little, Big" by John Crowley is an enchanting and intricate tale that seamlessly weaves together elements of fantasy, romance, and mysticism. Set in an idyllic rural landscape, the story follows multiple generations of the eclectic and eccentric Drinkwater family.

At the heart of the novel is Smoky Barnable, a young man who ventures into the seemingly ordinary yet mystical world of Edgewood, where the Drinkwaters reside. As Smoky becomes intertwined with this extraordinary family, he discovers that everything is not as it seems. Edgewood is a place where hidden doorways lead to magical realms, where fairies, angels, and spirits coexist with humans.

Through rich prose and vivid imagery, Crowley invites readers into a world where reality and fantasy blur, exploring themes of destiny, love, and the permeable boundaries between worlds. The narrative shifts perspectives and timelines, revealing the interconnected lives and stories of the charismatic Drinkwaters.

As the plot unfolds, readers are led to question the nature of reality and the power of belief. With each generation, the story deepens, unraveling the intricate layers of Edgewood's enchantment and revealing the family's role in a grand cosmic plan.

"Little, Big" is a masterfully crafted novel that captivates with its poetic prose, intricate plotting, and profound exploration of the human spirit. A true modern-day fairy tale, it invites readers on a journey of wonder, where extraordinary events unfold in the most ordinary of places. Through its rich character development and thought-provoking narrative, Crowley's novel explores the mysteries of existence and the interconnectedness of human lives, ultimately leaving readers with a sense of awe and the realization that reality is both more magical and more complex than it seems.
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