Under the Whispering Door

by Klune, TJ

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A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND INDIE BESTSELLERAn Indie Next Pick!A Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.Welcome to Charon's Crossing.The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he's definitely dead.But even in death he's not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Wallace Price is incredibly successful, but at the expense of all human connection, and he dies alone in his office. Then he finds himself at his own funeral, unsure of how he got there. There are only five attendees, including a young woman he doesn't know. She, as it turns out, is a Reaper. Wallace is her first solo job, and she's determined to make his transition smooth. The first step is to take him to the ferryman, Hugo. Hugo runs a tea shop, which Wallace at first finds completely laughable. His initial skepticism fades, though, and he learns to handle the trials of being dead surprisingly well. There are many kinds of death, and many kinds of grief, and quite a few of them end up at Hugo's tea shop. Wallace's stay can't last forever, though--he is, after all, dead, and will have to go through the final door eventually. Klune's (The House in the Cerulean Sea, 2020) latest is a sweet tale of grief and second chances, and a ghost story about not giving up on even the most lost of souls."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A dead man reconsiders his life in this charming fantasy from Klune (The House in the Cerulean Sea). At 40, white bisexual Wallace Price is a ruthless lawyer with no empathy for those around him. When he dies suddenly, prickly reaper Mei arrives to escort his ghost to Charon's Crossing, a tea shop run by Hugo Freeman. Hugo, a Black gay 30-year-old, serves as a ferryman, guiding souls to whatever comes next. Hugo tells the angry, disbelieving Wallace that he can stay at Charon's Crossing until he's ready. But Wallace will never be ready, and after trying to run away and discovering that he'll become an inhuman Husk if he does, Wallace settles into life in the bustling cafe, learning to manipulate objects from Hugo's ghostly grandfather, Nelson, and slowly becoming a better person as attraction blooms between him and Hugo. But when Mei reaps Alan Flynn, the victim of a murder, his rageful spirit upends the cozy, found family dynamic at Charon's Crossing. The frightening Manager arrives to deal with Alan--and gives Wallace just one more week on Earth, setting off a scramble to find a loophole. Tenderness, wit, and skillful worldbuilding elevate this delightful tale. Fans of queer fantasy won't want to miss this. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects LGBTQIA+ (Fiction)
Humor (Fiction)
Publisher Tom Doherty Associates2021
Language English
ISBN 9781250217332