Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel. Her words, in turn, find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness, to a free diver pushing himself beyond endurance, an artist furious at the world around her, a bookseller in search of love, a widower rent by grief. Each one is drawn into Alice's novel; each one discovers something different that alters their perspective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives.
While the book-within-a-book structure is interesting, there's little depth for readers to sink their teeth into. The chapters move quickly, and key aspects of the overarching plot are missing ... Alice's own path to being a professional writer is similarly underdeveloped.