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Schwab, V.E. - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Schwab, V.E. - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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In a desperate attempt to escape an arranged marriage, Addie LaRue makes a pact with the devil in 1714 New Orleans. The devil, captivated by her defiance, grants her immortality but curses her to be invisible to the world, forgotten as soon as she is out of sight. Addie wanders the world for centuries, a silent observer of history's greatest moments. She witnesses the rise and fall of empires, the birth of groundbreaking inventions, and the triumphs of art and literature. She lives through wars, revolutions, and cultural shifts, yet remains forever alone, a ghost in her own life.

Despite her loneliness and isolation, Addie refuses to surrender to despair. She finds solace in art and literature, immersing herself in the creations of those who can see and remember things she never could. She learns to appreciate the beauty of the world around her, finding joy in the simple pleasures of life, such as the warmth of the sun on her skin or the taste of a perfectly ripe peach.

In 1944, in a bustling bookstore in New York City, Addie encounters a man named Henry, who can miraculously remember her. Intrigued, Addie forms an unlikely bond with Henry, and for the first time in centuries, she experiences the joy of companionship and love.

Henry's ability to remember Addie challenges the very foundation of her curse, hinting at a possible escape. Addie must confront the choices she has made and decide whether to remain invisible forever or risk everything for true love and freedom.


Addie LaRue, an immortal woman cursed to be invisible, embarks on a journey of love, loss, and self-discovery, spanning centuries of human history. Will she forever remain a ghost in her own life, or will she find a way to break her curse and experience true love and freedom?

LGBT Themes:

The novel subtly interweaves themes of LGBT+ identity and the challenges faced by individuals who defy societal expectations of love and relationships. Addie's experiences of isolation and loneliness resonate with those who have felt marginalized or excluded based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The story explores the complexities of love and connection in a world that often seeks to suppress and silence the voices of those who are different.

Relevant Tags:

Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Witches, Found Family, Self-Love, Acceptance, Redemption, LGBT+, Queer Identity, Forbidden Love, Self-Discovery, Social Outcast, Identity, Belonging, Love Conquers All

Awards & Recognition:

  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Speculative Fiction (2023)
  • Several Goodreads Choice Award nominations

Embark on an enchanting journey into a world where love defies expectations and rebellion ignites. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a mesmerizing tale of forbidden love, resilience, and the power of self-discovery, infused with elements of magical realism and subtle LGBT+ themes.

Delve into the enchanting world of Addie LaRue, an immortal woman cursed to be invisible, as she embarks on a journey of love, loss, and self-discovery, spanning centuries of human history. Prepare to be captivated by a story that explores themes of identity, belonging, and the transformative power of love, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, hope can shine through.

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

Pages: 560

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: October 6, 2020


  • Weight: 680 grams
  • Size: 15.2 x 23.3 x 4.2 cm
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