I didn't find this small press book, it found me. A few months ago the author, Paul Elwork bought AuthorBuzz.com. and in the process of signing him up I read the his description of his book and couldn't resist buying a copy. (See how well AuthorBuzz.com works?)
And I'm glad I couldn't.
I loved this book. It's an elegant, mesmerizing, gothic tale.
I slipped into it the way one might walk into a tea house on a summer afternoon and hours later I came out, having been transported.
Elwork's debut has that rare combination of wonderful language, intense and interesting characters, an intriguing plot and enough suspense to keep you turning the pages even when you want to stop and savor the writing.
When I read a book like this - that is both beautiful and transportive and takes me somewhere I haven't been - I'm reminded of why books matter.
The Tea House suggests that the author has more wonderful stories to share with us - stories that I personally can't wait for.