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The Measure by Nikki Erlick

Enchanting and deeply uplifting, The Measure is a sweeping, ambitious, and invigorating story about family, friendship, hope, and destiny that encourages us to live life to the fullest.
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5/5

Life-affirming read!

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“A story of love and hope as interweaving characters display: how all moments, big and small, can measure a life. If you want joy, love, romance, and hope—read with us.”—Jenna Bush Hager.

The Measure follows the lives of eight ordinary people who are each mysteriously given a small wooden box—a box labelled with their name—and inside is the answer to the exact number of years they will live.

Each character must face the same shocking choice: do they want to know how long they will live and, if so, what will they do with that knowledge?

As the characters of ‘The Measure’ deal with the knowledge of their mortality, they are forced to reevaluate their priorities and relationships, leading to heartwarming and heart-wrenching moments.

The most intriguing is the epistolary relationship between Amie and Ben—their anonymous love notes add a touch of tenderness to the novel as they find comfort and solace in each other’s words. 

Through these characters, Nikki Erlick explores the theme of how the knowledge of our own mortality can shape our lives and ultimately encourages readers to live life to the fullest.

Enchanting and deeply uplifting, The Measure is a sweeping, ambitious, and invigorating story about family, friendship, hope, and destiny that encourages us to live life to the fullest.

 

“A compelling, heart-breaking story of life and love with a perfect, elegant premise.”
Bridget Collins, bestselling author of The Binding and The Betrayals

The Verdict: So endearing!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikki Erlick is a writer and editor whose work has appeared on the websites of New York magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Indagare Travel, BookTrib, and Verge Media. 

As a travel writer, she explored nearly a dozen countries on assignment—from rural villages in France to the arctic fjords of Norway.   As a ghostwriter, she has lent her voice to CEOs, academics, and entrepreneurs. She graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and is a former editor of the Harvard Crimson.  She earned a master’s degree in global thought from Columbia University. The Measure is her first novel.

Representation — Cindy Uh, CAA

“One of the most life-affirming novels I’ve read in a long while, The Measure is exactly what our world needs right now.”
— Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of Vox

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