Reviewed by: Bethany
Format: Hardcover (25% off tho)
Page count: 272 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes…for now.
I think this is my first time reading a Giller Prize winning book, so get ready for a new, fancy version of me where I eat caviar, wear pastels and talk down to you. I’m literary now. (You can be too by heading to your local indie bookstore.)
Copy and paste description from the dust jacket:
Jean Mason has a doppelganger. She’s never seen her, but others swear they have. Apparently, her identical twin hangs out in Kensington Market, where she sometimes buys churros and drags an empty shopping cart down the streets, like she’s looking for something to put in it. Jean’s a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving bookstore in downtown Toronto, and she doesn’t rattle easily—not like she used to. But after two customers insist they’ve seen her double, Jean decides to investigate.
Wow. Doesn’t that sound like it deserves some awards? Totally.
I spent nearly the entire book flip-flopping over whether or not I believed what the narrator was telling me. Here’s an excerpt from my internal monologue:
“Oooh, it’s this.”
*five minutes later”
“Nope, it’s this.”
*ten minutes later*
“Who am I even?”
I did a little bit of googling about this book and it says that the author has actually published several titles under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe, the same pseudonym Jean’s doppelganger uses in Bellevue Square! If that isn’t mind-blowing, then you need to lower your standards.
Apparently, Bellevue Square is the first of a three book series called Modern Ghosts. I’ll be very excited to read these as they become available!
As an unimportant side note, I really enjoyed the first bit of the book where Jean is actively working in the bookstore. It really stirred something in this bookseller’s soul, meaning that I nodded my head a lot and said “yes” more than twice.
Another thing I have to share! I learned a new word!
- the theory that only the self exists, orcan be proved to exist.