We begin our journey with Daniel Mercier meeting his wife Veronique and son Jerome at Gare Saint-Lazare. Our first introduction to the hat is his wife’s astonished look and gesture that shows whatever is on Daniel’s head is not his usual attire.
The hat confers an energy for him that gives him powers to make changes in his life. He loses the hat … The next character to find the hat also makes important changes to her life but she doesn’t lose the hat, she chooses to leave it behind. There are a couple more characters for whom the hat becomes a catalyst. The characters are random, all linked via the Homburgh but we do get to see how their lives have continued.
The story is set in the 80’s and it was interesting to re-visit and ponder on the changes such as the lack of technology. How did we ever cope?
This is a clever plot that weaves in and out. Is it all coincidence? Serendipity? Or is there something more primal and magical that begins with President Mitterrand … and ends with him. I enjoyed the thoughts this story provoked. What does the symbol of a hat mean to you?
I would like to thank the publishers for offering a copy in exchange for an honest review.