2022: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The title chosen by the One Book One Town Committee, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, is a multiple award-winning fantasy novel bypublished in December of 2020 by Tor Books.  The committee was captivated by this book because of its themes of love, acceptance and kindness, calling it “an enchanting read”, “heartwarming and charming” and “pure happiness”.

TJ Klune, author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, outside the Sacred Heart Community Theatre in Fairfield, CT on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

It is the story of Linus Baker who leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

Author TJ Klune and Fairfield Public Library Librarian Philip Bahr in conversation on the stage of the Sacred Heart Community Theatre on March 1st, 2022.

TJ Klune visited Fairfield on Tuesday, March 1st, where he sat in conversation with Librarian Philip Bahr for a full-house crowd. You can view the event on Fairfield Public Library’s Youtube channel here.