I’m not sure how I feel about this book by Matt Haig. I read it for my book club and I usually enjoy books more after discussing them with my book club, but this time I think I liked it less after our discussion. I actually really enjoyed it while I was reading it. I thought it was fun and fast paced and really easy to read.
The main character, Tom Hazard, was born in England in the 1500s and has spent the past 400 years traveling the world, hob nobbing with all sorts of famous people, and trying to hide the fact that he ages very, very slowly. It’s a very rare condition, but apparently he’s not the only to have it. The problem is, when he finally gets diagnosed in the 1800s, the doctor who diagnosed him suddenly ends up dead. The same thing happened back in the 1500s when his mom was accused of being a witch and making deals with the devil to keep her son young.
So Tom left his family and fell in love with a young woman. They got married and had a kid together, but he started to draw attention to them and put his family in danger, so he left, promising his daughter he’d return. By the time he finds his wife again, she’s dying of the plague (his condition also appears to come with an impressive immune system, which is convenient) and she tells him their daughter took off because she was “like him.”