Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. CWW is a chance to cast a spotlight on books we haven’t read yet, in particular ones that have yet to be published.
This Wednesday, I can’t wait for…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children meets The Addams Family in this haunting story of one girl’s attempt to reconnect with her monstrous family.
Eleanor has not seen or spoken with her family in years, not since they sent her away to Saint Brigid’s boarding school. She knows them only as vague memories: her grandfather’s tremendous fanged snout, the barrel full of water her mother always soaked in, and strange hunting trips in a dark wood with her sister and cousins. And she remembers the way they looked at her, like she was the freak.
When Eleanor finally finds the courage to confront her family and return to their ancestral home on the rainy coast of Maine, she finds them already gathered in wait, seemingly ready to welcome her back with open arms. “I read this in the cards,” her grandmother tells her. However, Grandma Persephone doesn’t see all, for just as Eleanor is beginning to readjust to the life she always longed for, a strange and sudden death rocks the family, leaving Eleanor to manage this difficult new dynamic without help.
In order to keep the family that abandoned her from falling apart, Eleanor calls upon her mysterious other grandmother, Grandmere, from across the sea. Grandmere brings order to the chaotic household, but that order soon turns to tyranny. If any of them are to survive, Eleanor must embrace her strange family and join forces with the ghost of Grandma Persephone to confront the monstrousness lurking deep within her Grandmere — and herself.
Why I Can’t wait
What Big Teeth gives me a fairytale vibe that I am really loving right now. I get the feeling that the story will cast some amount of spotlight on how one’s “monstrousness” is a lot more than just one’s appearance, and what it actually means to be a monster. I’m really curious as to whether Eleanor is the “normal” child and is considered freakish by her family because of that normalcy differentiating her from her relatives, or because there’s something hidden inside her that makes her even more “monstrous” than her fanged family members. Grandmere is clearly evil, but why and how? I’m so eager to read this book and unravel the mystery!