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After two happy centuries in the prelife, Faythe is battling the most dangerous human emotion.

She's bored.


But when she accepts a once-in-a-prelifetime opportunity to become Apprentice at the Shop Before Life, her days become dreadfully interesting.

Now she helps customers choose a unique combination of traits from the countless options available at the Shop Before Life.

Will they be born on Earth as MATHEMATICALLY GIFTED? Or perhaps EASILY IRRITATED or DELIGHTED BY CATS?

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B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

Delightful and magical, this book was so fresh and unique. I appreciated the wit and thoughtfulness of this story, and I'm already missing the characters. I look forward to more books by this author!
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But Faythe has questions of her own. Like—what exactly is in these jars of magical personality traits? And who is the mysterious Supplier who creates them?

Unfortunately, these questions could awaken an ancient conflict and perhaps even destroy the Shop itself.

They should maybe mention that sort of thing during orientation.

Management are going to be furious when they find out, but Faythe’s divine punishment must wait. She's got to race to discover the secrets of the Shop—and hope they'll be enough to save it.

Because if she fails, nobody will become themselves ever again...

art courtesy of Paul Corfield

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Truly exceptional book. Reminded me of Philip Pullman's Golden Compass series. I'm sure Faythe and Lyra would be kindred spirits. The writing is almost magical as it pulled me into this alternate universe. It has been awhile since I became so immersed in a book.Carlin, goodreads.com

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