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Larose
Larose | Louise Erdrich
In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winningThe Round Houseand the Pulitzer PrizenomineeThe Plague of Doveswields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux s five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux s wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty s mother, Nola. Horrified at what he s done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition the sweat lodge for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. Our son will be your son now, they tell them.LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new sister, Maggie, welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile mother s terrifying moods. Gradually he s allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal.But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.Inspiring and affecting, LaRoseis a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America s most distinguished literary masters."
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8little_paws
Larose | Louise Erdrich
Mehso-so

Sorry no pic, it was an audiobook and I got nothin 😂. Anyways--I did like this book a lot. I liked how she painted the details of how these two families combined after the father of one family accidentally shoots the son of the other family. BUT: there were just way too many details here and side stories that could have been cut out completely and the ending just kind of fizzled away. Erdrich reads it herself and she's a great narrator!

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Amie
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Pickpick

This book deals with the accidental shooting death of a child by a neighbor/relative and the aftermath for the two families involved, so it is not easy subject matter to read about/listen to. I liked this more than The Round House, which is the only other book of Erdrich's that I've read, but I think it's because I listened to the audio of this one. If I read more Erdrich, audiobook will be the format.

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mreads
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Pickpick

A man accidentally killed his friend's son and in accordance with his and his wife's native (old) custom gives the grieving parent's their own son, LaRose. This was just barely a pick it was all over the place and the parts never came together. Saved by the audio narrated by the author, she did the best children and old women voices 👍.

Just under the wire for #booked2019 indigenous author @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

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mklong
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Mehso-so

This is a case of, it‘s not you, it‘s me. Erdrich‘s writing is excellent; the characters are well drawn and sympathetic, though flawed; she writes as well about the 19th century as the early 21st; but even so, I still found this a slog. Somehow there is too much and too little going on at the same time.

Tanisha_A That cover though! 😍 4mo
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NikkiCureton
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Just started, but so far the writing is beautiful...

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BridgetteM
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Panpan

I wanted to like this novel. I expected it to be heart-wrenching given the subject matter. It was not heart-wrenching. It was dull.

In LaRose, a hunter accidentally shoots and kills his neighbor‘s son. The hunter & his wife give the grieving family their son, LaRose, to raise.

I don‘t really have anything to say about LaRose other than it was boring. I own one other Louise Erdrich book, which I am now hesitant to read.

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Cspen113
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This is my first read by this author so I‘m not sure if the lack of punctuation in conversation is a “thing” or not, but I do know that it makes me a little crazy reading it this way. 🤪🙅🏻‍♀️

Crazeedi Don't know if I'd care for that 11mo
Cspen113 @Crazeedi, it‘s awful! Makes it surprisingly difficult to read. I‘ve had to reread so many paragraphs. 11mo
Crazeedi I don't think I've read any of her books, and I might not! Lol 11mo
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Cspen113
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It‘s that time of year again! Reading during hockey warm-ups. Two of my favorites!!

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KellyHunsakerReads
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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This book, so far, is stunningly beautiful. #audiobook

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nadine_swartz
Larose | Louise Erdrich
Pickpick

I don't have an image for this review because I left it at my sister's- on purpose! I had just finished the novel on the flight up for the weekend and talked it up so much that she asked to borrow it. The narration is lush and the characters layered. A beautiful, if tear-jerking, read.

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nadine_swartz
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Starting a new #eshaverbookseller bookclub selection in their lovely tea shop.

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Schlinkles
Larose | Louise Erdrich
Bailedbailed

I gave this 100 pages and still wasn‘t feeling it. Life is too short for reading that feels like work.

Chelleo I hate bailing on books but I hate suffering through to the end more. 2y
ReadingSusan Same. Disliked that book. 2y
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Schlinkles
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Reading my first Louise Erdrich for one of my book clubs this month #lostinagreatbook

LitTraveler I am current reading Tracks by her!! She‘s a fantastic writer! 2y
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AmyAgentBor
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Pickpick

This story takes place on an Objiwa reservation. I liked the insights into Native American life and some of its history. At its. It‘s, though this is a book about how to deal with a horrible tragedy.

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Suet624
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Pickpick

If someone were new to reading Erdrich, I would not pick this one to start with. That being said, I always appreciate anything written by her. Her characters are fallible and complicated and I always learn so much about her culture.

AmyG Agree. 2y
minkyb Good to know. 2y
mdhughes72 I‘ve started this but haven‘t been able to finish it for months. 2y
Suet624 @mdhughes72 I understand. I had to push myself to keep going. 2y
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readordierachel
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Back to the grind. Sigh. But I guess that's what audiobooks are for. This one is really good so far. Sad, but good. Erdrich narrates it herself, and her voice is so soft and sweet. I'm loving it.

AceOnRoam It's on my list and long overdue !!! 2y
cocomass I loved this one. 2y
readordierachel @AceOnRoam So far it's a winner! 2y
readordierachel @cocomass I suspect I will too. 2y
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AMVP
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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#decinbooks17 #day20 - #bookiownbuthaventread

Woof, how much time you got?

At the absolute best, I've read maybe 15% of the books I own. 2018 is gonna have to be a year for buckling down and making my way through some of these.

emilyhaldi A lot of awesome books in that pile to look forward to!! 2y
MommyOfTwo Oooo Dark Matter is a good one 2y
MandaChittles Great stack! 13mo
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vivastory
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Just read this in the recent mystery newsletter by @Matilda Very exciting!

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sprainedbrain
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Pickpick

A beautifully written, slow paced, emotionally draining novel. The story of a child‘s accidental death and how it affects the lives of two families. LaRose is a wonderful character, but they are all so well-written that I really felt immersed in their lives. This is not light-hearted stuff, but more than worth the read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmyG I liked this book, too. 2y
lynneamch Fascinating concept. I thought this previous one was even better, but LaRose was well worth reading and was good for book club discussion. 2y
sprainedbrain @lynneamch I‘ve added it to my tbr! 2y
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Rcoco
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Mehso-so

Good story, but I didn‘t care about the characters as much as I should have. Story was told from many points of view, perhaps too many. The priest was interesting, and Erdrich kind of just let his storyline drop.

Tamra Interesting premise, but I started it on audio and couldn‘t pay enough attention in that format. 2y
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Rcoco
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Well written but so far making my heart lurch. So sad.

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TrishB
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Pickpick

My first Erdrich novel - thank you @4thhouseontheleft , definitely not my last. Love having new authors ready.
A heart breaking, then heart affirming read. I know I could never share/give my child away, but understand the sentiment behind the act. Grief is a terrible thing.

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TrishB
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#currentlyreading
Quick lunchtime read - @4thhouseontheleft this is a heart breaker so far 💔

Tamra On my TBR! I haven't loved any of her other works like I did Last Report. I adored it! 2y
TrishB @Tamra that sounds fab too!! Stacked 👍 2y
4thhouseontheleft The beginning is definitely heartbreaking material. 😞 (edited) 2y
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Peaceful_Reader
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Always love reading Louise Erdrich‘s writing...

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AMVP
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#riotgrams #day9 - #nativeandindigenousreads

Sorry to use the same book for another Native American theme, let alone the same book which I still haven't read. My collection does have some unfortunate gaps.

I'm prioritizing shorter reads at the moment, so I may get around to it before too long.

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laytonwoman3rd
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Day 9 of #riotgrams is of is #nativeandindigenous reads. Who better than Louise Erdrich?

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CouronneDhiver
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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After an interesting cultural discussion with my Dad, I'm considering a personal reading challenge: 30 books written by authors from the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee First Nations of Canada

#2018Goals #ReadLocal

Lcsmcat Cool! I look forward to seeing your choices. 2y
Misanthropester I love this challenge! 2y
Tamra Awesome goal! 2y
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Lindy Excellent! Keep us updated, ok? 2y
minkyb That is fabulous. Looking forward to your journey. 2y
CouronneDhiver Wow, I'm happy to have so much support - I almost didn't post this because I was afraid it would be "too obscure". Thanks @Lcsmcat @Misanthropester @Tamra @Lindy @minkyb ? Littens are the BEST! 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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I finally found some covers that had #cursive writing. This prompt was a toughie! #day3 #fallintobooks #neverendingtbr

DrexEdit Lovelies! 😊 💜 2y
RealLifeReading Oh! I forgot about LaRose! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @DrexEdit @RealLifeReading I will read them all one day. 😁 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was surprised to find that I couldn't find that many in my shelves of books!!! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was too! This turned out to be a challenging prompt. Very surprising!😳 2y
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BittersweetBooks
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Why do people hate dandelions so much?
...Dandelions are cheerful, and they try so hard 🌼

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peggyriley
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Pickpick

Wise, warm, life-affirming.

Reviewsbylola Beautiful cover. 🦌 2y
peggyriley Isn't it? 2y
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peggyriley
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Second time starting this book. Sometimes we're not the right reader for a book; this time, I am.

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Bindrosbookshelf
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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When you go to the library to return one book and end up with seven more (I now have 19 out). When does this become a problem?? #libraryhaul #surprise #atleastitisfree?

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AMVP
Larose | Louise Erdrich
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#anditsaugust #day3 - #forfontssake

The font for this title always trips me up a little bit, especially when it first came out and I didn't know if it was 1 or 2 words (I'll admit, I'm still not sure).

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MatchlessMarie
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It was a little awkward picking this one up since LaRose was my previous married name 😬 But it's so pretty, #forfontssake! #AndItsAugust

EllieDottie This is beautiful font!! (edited) 2y
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azulaco
Larose | Louise Erdrich

I am squeezing this into my reading list this month because it's unlimited on Scribd until mid-August. It's like the universe *wants* me to read more Louise Erdrich!

mrsthilkey I am very intrigued by Larose and her other novel. 2y
azulaco @mrsthilkey I think she is so good. Love her writing, love the stories. 2y
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Lola
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I just finished this book last week and loved it. One of today's Kindle Daily Deals, it won the 2016 National Book Critic Circle award. $2.99 US https://www.amazon.com/LaRose-Novel-Louise-Erdrich-ebook/dp/B01415U50O

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Lola
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My seven June reads were the one tagged in this post, the four shown above, Escape From Mr Lemoncello's Library, and Giovanni's Room. I plan on reading the last in the Plainsong trilogy this month, Benediction.

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Julsmarshall
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Made it to Birchbark books! Thanks for the recommendation @EllieDottie and @moranadatter !

EllieDottie Yay!! 🎉 2y
moranadatter Fantastic! I hope you had a great time. 2y
lynneamch So inviting! Discussing LaRose today at bookclub. Hope to get to her bookstore some day. #getindie #independentseveryday 2y
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GeekGrl82
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Pickpick

My only complaint about this book is the lack of quotation marks in the print version. I ended up switching to the audio book, which is read by Louise Erdrich herself. Erdrich's writing is rich, and her characters, even the minor ones, are fully fleshed out and developed. She brings a community to life with honesty and compassion. Her writing is what kept me going, because parts of this book are brutally hard to read.

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WanderingBookaneer
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I've never read her before, but I look forward to this. Love your notes, @BookishFeminist ! #SummerSantaGoesPostal

BookishFeminist ❤️❤️ 2y
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Kitta
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Excited to start this! Also a glass of wine never goes wrong.

BooksForEmpathy One of my favorites! Love that cover! 2y
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Batakris
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Pickpick

What an interesting idea... give your child to the couple that lost a child by your hand. This book was not my favorite by Erdich, but certainly worth reading. The main character Larose, is a young man caught between two families both treading in grief. If you like reading books with themes of loss and set within a native culture, you might like this one!

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JacintaMCarter
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I had no idea that Louise Erdrich was a member of the Chippewa Indians, but now it makes sense how she could write so deeply about Native American traditions. #IndigenousAuthors #JuneBookBugs

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AMVP
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#junebookbugs day 7 - #indigenousauthors

This was one of the first books I posted on @Litsy . Still haven't got around to it, and it may be a while yet, but I'm definitely intent on reading it.

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mrozzz
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Hmmm #howiread is all the time, everywhere and as rapidly as possible because there are multiple daunting stacks waiting for me at home. Shout out to all those other voracious readers who don't put reading on pause to walk 🙌🏻 #riotgram @bookriot

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Bookboss
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I have never read Louise Erdrich's work. I picked this one up to try this summer!

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HeatherBookNerd
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While I wasn't all that crazy about this book, I thought this quote was fantastic.

Cinfhen TRUTH 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

Just finished this audiobook and am having trouble rating it. The sub-par narration by the author makes it almost a PAN. (Please hire an actor!) Aside from that, I just thought it was a bit of a mess. The time shifts, multiple generations, abundance of characters and issues addressed - it all felt scattered and lacking focus. The premise seems so emotionally loaded, but I never really got sucked in. I did appreciate the Native American viewpoint.

Redheadrambles I am so with you on this one ;) 2y
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ReadingSusan
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Another #bookishpetpeeve is when authors don't use quotation marks. Why oh why? #boutofbooks

Rachel.Rencher I hate that, too! There was one book that was an exception, and now I can't think of what it was. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree!! It really bothered me when I read The Handmaid's Tale!!! (edited) 2y
ReadingSusan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks maybe that's why I loved the audiobook more! 2y
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Amie This drives me crazy, too. Audiobook is a good idea, though​. I'll have to try that for this one. 2y
Beckys_Books It takes so much extra effort on my part! 2y
melbeautyandbooks That would frustrate me to no end! 2y
ReadingSusan @melbeautyandbooks it's so frustrating. 2y
andrew61 It seems really comon nowadays but even more annoying is use of dashes instead! 2y
ReadingSusan @andrew61 oh yes that is worse. 2y
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LiteraryFeline
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"I guess it ain't something you get over, though. You keep on going through it." pg 30