A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is a delightful blend of folklore and magical realism with a coming-of-age-story in a small town in British Columbia. Leo Kreutzer and his friends are outsiders, mixed, neither natives nor white. Their town is controlled by drug-dealers and along the Highway of Tears native girls are going missing. Life for Leo and his friends is one of quiet, understated desperation. Into this world of friendships and tension comes an otherworldly girl with unnaturally white skin. Her very presence sends out ripples throughout the community, and slowly but surely things start to go very wrong.
Adrianne Harun has created a fully realized and populated world that feels utterly real. This is first and foremost a character study. And each of the four central characters is believably flawed and sympathetic. The magic and supernatural arrives slowly, unperceptively and is presented largely through folktales and stories that are interspersed in conversation with the narrative.
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is a meandering and magical first novel. It has a dreamlike reality and beautifully gripping prose. The final attempts to tie all the narrative threads together was, perhaps less successful than intended, but it is nonetheless a wonderful debut and engrossing read.
**Received copy from NetGalley for review