Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – Book Review

This novel is different. It’s the tale of eight year-old Peggy who is basically kidnapped by her own father, James, and taken into the wilderness of Germany to live. At first he tells her that they are on vacation and that her mother will be joining them soon. However, shortly after a storm, James tells Peggy that the rest of the world is gone, and everyone else is dead. It’s just the two of them from now on. Peggy doesn’t understand this, however he’s her father and why would he lie to her?

For nine years Peggy and James live by trapping animals and growing vegetables. They don’t see anyone else, and Peggy is convinced that the rest of the world is gone. James controls his daughter’s reality and Peggy simply believes everything he tells her. They do learn to live off the land, and are surviving; however their mental health is another story.

I’m not going to tell you what happens, only that I found the story riveting. I stayed up late finishing the book. For anyone who has ever thought that running off to live in the woods by yourself would be a viable alternative to our crazy world, I suggest this novel. And, for anyone else who thinks that would be an insane idea, you too would find this novel interesting. Definitely a good read that will make you think!

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