The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel About Family And Destiny by Jostein Gaarder is 0ne of my favorite books. This nesting tale has a quirky Alice In Wonderland feel to the imbedded tale and a traditional father son journey in the primary story all seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old Hans Thomas.
A mix of an adult fairy tale and modern classic. This is a story to reread again to capture the fine details just as Hans Thomas take his magnifying glass to read the miniature book he discovered hidden in his sticky bun. Follow along the tale of an island peopled by cards. Yet, in the end it is about Hans evaluating things anew and finding a space inside himself full of ideas.
Jostein Gaarder, a former philosophy teacher in his homeland of Norway, subtly weaves in philosophy, and allows the dual stories to illustrate his themes and delight his readers. If you like a book that appears light and is actually meaty, dive in.