A House Without Mirrors


Thomasine waits with her father and his family, in the house without mirrors, as Henrietta lies dying. Time is frozen as the family pulsates with sadness, rejection, malice and disappointment. Thomasine directs her cousin Signe to hide in the octagonal room of wardrobes one night during a game of hide-and-seek. When she discovers the house’s mirrors, a process of truth and resurrection is initiated.

A House Without Mirrors‘ is a powerful allegory about death and the meaning of our lives. It’s about facing truths and taking personal responsibility. Although the text is simple and crisp, the themes are mature and better suited to older readers.

This is a moving and thoughtful book. Bookwagon recommends it to readers aged from 11 or 12 years.


A House Without Mirrors

Marten Sanden

(Pushkin Children’s)

Winner of the Astrid Lindgren Award

There is little cheer in the twenty room house without mirrors where Thomasine lives with her father, and wider family. One night, she directs Signe, her silent cousin, to hide in the octagonal room during a game with her cousins. What Signe discovers and shares with Thomasine, reveals the hidden truths to the family. ‘A House Without Mirrors‘ is a powerful, text perfect, meaningful allegory about life and death. Bookwagon recommends this title to older readers.


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