In conversation with author Amanda Eyre Ward.
Erin Morgenstern is the author of the New York Times bestselling and Alex Award–winning The Night Circus, which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 37 languages. It is currently in development with Lionsgate as both a feature film and a stage play.
In her new novel The Starless Sea, she creates a magical, timeless, and wholly original love story set in a secret underground world. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library. Zachary travels this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life. The Starless Sea contains Morgenstern’s literary hallmarks of magic, mystery, and inimitable imagination.
“Comparisons to the likes of Tolkien, Carroll, and C. S. Lewis abound. The Starless Sea poses big questions about stories—the ones we read, the ones we live, and the ones we tell ourselves. And at the heart of her work lies the themes that have provoked those comparisons: redemption, sacrifice, date, time.”