I felt as though I read this book from a distance. I watched this heartfelt story play out from across the broad and dusty farmlands of Saskatchewan and through the dense Canadian wilderness. Early on, this story casts a spell. 83 year-old Etta sets off on a cross-country walk with the mere goal of seeing the ocean. She leaves behind her husband Otto to bide his time until she returns, if in fact she remembers to return. The novel unfolds the couple's history, binding them through letters, sent and unsent.
The Humans is a book I could reread once a year. This is a bold statement, I know, especially since the premise is an alien assassin has been sent to Earth to kill a mathematician and erase all evidence of a potentially dangerous theorem. The story and our narrator, the alien acclimating to human life, become much more. I appreciate a narrator that confides in the reader and becomes a fully developed voice in your mind’s ear. Matt Haig’s alien fills that role beautifully.