I just finished An Unexpected Find by Hayleigh Sol, a free ebook that has a book within a book. A hot read by a new author to me as well.
“A chance discovery of a handwritten love scene leads to friendship and undeniable attraction for two people who’ve sworn off love. They might be perfect for each other…but they haven’t actually met.”
I wondered about other books that have books within.
Here’s a definition on google:
“A story within a story, also referred to as an embedded narrative, is a literary device in which a character within a story becomes the narrator of a second story (within the first one). Multiple layers of stories within stories are sometimes called nested stories.”
Here are 5 such books: (with summaries from Goodreads)
2 I have read:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I had seen the movie so many times, it took me until last year to actually read the book – and I loved it.
“As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.
Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.”
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer (there’s a second – Off the Page.)
“Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince.”
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
“In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah… She begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.”
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
“Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms.”
The Thing About Alice by Jean-Luke Swanepoel
“For decades Alice Otto has known every squatter and dweller on Elizabeth Street, and on most days she remembers their names—every Bart, Lila, Gerty, Michael, and Steve. Bart has written a book, stories about all of them.”