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The Green Road: A Novel
The Green Road: A Novel | Anne Enright
Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. From internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland's Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishnessa book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them. Spanning thirty years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen's four children leave the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that shes decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold. A profoundly moving work about a family's desperate attempt to recover the relationships they've lost and forge the ones they never had, The Green Road is Enright's most mature, accomplished, and unforgettable novel to date.
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emmaturi
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Pickpick

An interesting look at an Irish family coming together over Christmas. At the beginning each chapter is a sibling, in a different timeline and place. It shows the relationship between mother and her kids.

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emmaturi
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I am in a bookshop, so many temptations!

Oryx Oh so many good ones... 1y
emmaturi Yes, indeed! I did get three books but not from these shelves @Oryx 1y
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Hestapleton
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Mehso-so

Eh. A little disjointed for me. It wasn‘t quite clear where this was going and the ending didn‘t have a sense of completion. Reading this felt like nosing about in your neighbor‘s life for a day or two, and then going back to your own life. Unsatisfying. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Crazeedi
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Mehso-so

The story of a family told in the chapters by each family member . The unfolding tale was seen through the mothers eyes and each child, and when they come home one Christmas after years apart. I wasn't exactly impressed by this story, I thought it was a bit disjointed and I kept waiting for the stories to all come together, which didn't happen.

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rachaich
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Pickpick

After struggling a little mid way through, I am glad I continued as tge final few chapters brought it together.
I do enjoy her prose, as well as the descriptions she adds about the surroundings.

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Kazzie
Green Road | Anne Enright
Pickpick

Loved/hated all the characters at any one time. Mark of a good story? A tale of the relationships between children and their mother, between siblings

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rachaich
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Post zumba cereal to accompany this book.
I found the first couple of sections more enticing than the one I've just read. Hoping it keeps me reading. ..

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rachaich
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Tonight I'm starting this book.
I've read two others by her and like her swirling plots and the character relationship.

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MichelleD7
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Beautifully written. Captures the strange, uncomfortable idiosyncrasies of family dynamics.
The use of language is gorgeous. Evocative but not too showy.

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Cathythoughts
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Bailedbailed

IRL Bookclub last night ... mostly it was a winner except for a couple of us ... I had to bail in the end as I found it depressing & it was too much like hard work.
However , in its defense I will say that it sparked a very lively debate about family dynamics & the power of the mother in a family. Interesting 5⭐️ discussion!

Libby1 Sounds like a great book to discuss but not so great to read! Thanks for including me in your conversation, @Cathythoughts ! 😀 4y
MaureenMc Our book club always has the best discussions for books that at least some of us disliked. The best ones occur when some loved the book while others hated it. 😁 4y
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc yes! That‘s true ... I think everyone ( about 10 of us ) was talking at once last night ... demanding to be heard ... madness & fun ! Great energy 4y
TrishB Not yet any of hers! 4y
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Cathythoughts
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Preparations under way for tonight‘s IRL Bookclub..... I‘ll let ye know how it goes ... what the verdict is ..

Reggie Have fun!!!! 4y
Eggs Wish I could pop in! Enjoy! (edited) 4y
Libby1 Good luck! 4y
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Cathythoughts @Reggie @Eggs @Libby1 thanks , if ye are ever in Cork ye would be very welcome to join us ♥️ 4y
Libby1 I‘d LOVE to @Cathythoughts ! Shall we try to make a plan sometime in the New Year? 4y
Cathythoughts @Libby1 yes! Let‘s make a plan in the new year. We meet once a month. ♥️👍🏻 4y
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Cathythoughts
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I like Rosaleens voice/ story best so far 👍🏻♥️. A book with many voices, not my favorite way of reading a story ... but I‘m ploughing on ....

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Cathythoughts
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I‘m finding this book a struggle ... and then , I see this beautiful quote from Rumi ... one I remember .. . And just to be reminded of this is brilliant.... 💫💫💫 I want to meet in that field ❤️❤️❤️
And can I tie this in with #nofemmeber #bizness .. Rumi again : before I speak : “ is it True , is it Necessary, is it Kind “
It‘s only my own bizness I can really speak of

Tanisha_A I think we could tie Rumi in to everything! ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A I really think we could ♥️ 4y
TrishB Great link 👍🏻 4y
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Cinfhen Beautiful job🙌🏻💕 4y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Cinfhen ♥️♥️♥️Rumi 4y
Billypar I love those three criteria- wisdom that can be put into practice with just a little discipline. 4y
Cathythoughts @Billypar I love those 3 criteria too ..... I must try harder 👍🏻♥️ 4y
batsy I love this. Thank you for sharing it. Some quotes just arrive when you need it most! ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts @batsy I love these quotes too , Rumi is great !! Thankyou Rumi 💫 4y
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Cathythoughts
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Time to start my IRL Bookclub homework... 📘

CarolynM My book group read this a couple of years ago. It's a good one for discussion. Hope you like it. 4y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM thankyou! I hope I like it too 🤞🏻 4y
Libby1 I‘m about to start this one! 4y
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Cathythoughts @Libby1 I‘ll be interested in your thoughts... I still havnt finished & am finding it hard going 😬 4y
Libby1 @Cathythoughts - I‘m bailing. I gave it about 80 pages and I‘m not enjoying it at all. Good luck! 4y
Cathythoughts @Libby1 I feel the same ! IRL Bookclub tonight & this is the book .... I still havnt finished it 🙄... I‘ll let you know what the ladies think tomorrow... I know what I think !!! Then I heard an interview with the author on the radio & I didn‘t like her either .... oh dear me ... I‘ll keep you posted 👍🏻 4y
Libby1 🤣 It was awful. I can wade through a lot of awful for good reasons, but it seemed pointless. 4y
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GatheringBooks
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Dublin state of mind while transiting in Doha. No rest for the wicked. My sorting and shelving of books will have to wait awhile.

RadicalReader @GatheringBooks delicious looking dessert 4y
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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I loved this family saga told from multiple points of view. This audio version was read by three different narrators which added to that technique.

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Lcsmcat
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My new #audiocommute book. I‘d never heard of this book but it showed up on Libby and had good reviews. The first narrator (of 3 or 4) is excellent. I think I‘m going to enjoy this.

Lindy I really enjoyed this in audio. It has the ingredients I like: a novel constructed of interlocking short stories; a family saga; Ireland setting; beautiful prose; and lots of space in the narrative for me to fill in with my imagination. 😊 5y
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Cathythoughts
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#MarchIntoOz #wideopenroad Just saw this book in our hotel.
Thankyou @Cinfhen & @Lizpixie for a great month 👍🏻👍🏻💕

GatheringBooks i own a copy of this book and been meaning go read it. perhaps when i travel to ireland middle of the year. :) 5y
Cathythoughts Sounds like a plan 👍🏻. 5y
Cathythoughts We might manage a cup of tea .... 5y
Cinfhen Thanks for joining in 💚💚💚🙌🏻 this book is meant to be very good 5y
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Brona
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Gorgeous end-of-summers day in Sydney town today. Time to stop & enjoy it with a coffee & a fabulous storyteller #readireland18 #begorrathon18 @Cathy746books

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Brona
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Love my #persephone #bookmark it feels right at home in this particular book

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Brona
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Love it when cafe accessories match the name of the book #bookserendipity #green #begorrathon18 #readireland18 @Cathy746books

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CarolynM
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#MagicalMarch #Ireland

From an outsider's perspective, this novel seemed very evocative of the Irish countryside and the Irish way of life. Feel free to explain how wrong I am, Irish Littens!

vkois88 Ooooh I'll have to add this 5y
EvieBee Me too! 5y
CaitlinR I loved this book and recommend it to customers all the time. Great Irish novel, and wonderful family saga. 5y
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kellock
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Mehso-so

A random Turkish turtle. This wasn't the best pick for a summer holiday read, a bit dull for by the pool. Might explore more Enright though it was well written.

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kellock
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First day by the pool in Turkey. Bliss 📚🍹🌞⛱

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kellock
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Off to Turkey via opening day at Wimbledon 🎾This is first up for my holiday reads. Right up my street but not sure if my holiday companions will want to borrow it 📚

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JillR
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Pickpick

This could have been an epic family saga, but it wasn't. The first half gives just one chapter to each family member; you are dropped in at a certain point in time with no back story or explanations. The second half is the family and their individual stories coming together over an intense few days. It can feel frustrating, you want to know more about some characters, or why certain things happened, but it works, I enjoyed it.

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JillR
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Enjoying this one so far, really can't remember if I've ever read Anne Enright before.

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kspenmoll
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Cinfhen
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#17RainbowBooks My one lone book with #greenintitleorauthor I tried on two separate occasions to read this novel, I'm hoping the third try will be my lucky charm 🍀

Reviewsbylola You're generous. I'm usually one and done. You don't get a second chance. 😂 6y
Cinfhen 😂, if I own it, I will try to read it....in this case, both attempts were half hearted, I was in a severe reading A.D.H.D mode and honestly nothing was holding my attention 🙈 6y
kspenmoll Took me awhile to read this; felt ambivalent about characters but finally did finish. 6y
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lialina
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First book finished! @24in48 #readathon

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lialina
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Books I'm planning to read this weekend! @24in48 #readathon

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Cinfhen
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Here's my version of the potato latke crusted quiche minus the asparagus lattice topping 🙂Family said it was YUM but they prefer old school latkes 😜I'm still trying to get into this book, I think I'm having difficulty concentrating with my full house. Not complaining....hope you are all having a wonderful day 💖

LeahBergen That looks delicious! 6y
Cinfhen Thanks @LeahBergen not sure I'd make it again, but worth the try 😉 6y
kspenmoll I had trouble getting into this book as well. Glad I stuck with it but it took me some time to engage/read.😀 6y
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Suzze It sure does look good! 6y
DebinHawaii It looks pretty delicious to me! 👍😀 6y
Cinfhen Thanks @Suzze & @DebinHawaii 😁I'm always drooling over your food posts @DebinHawaii 😍🙌🏻 6y
Cinfhen Good to know @kspenmoll 😉I did read mostly good reviews but was starting to doubt my choice 6y
Zelma That sounds and looks delicious! 6y
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Cinfhen
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It's pouring, freezing and kind of dreary where I am, so I thought a cheerful post was in order! I'm snuggled in bed, under my cozy blanket, with a coffee and my new book. The writing is lovely but I'm having trouble focusing on the story. Hope you are all enjoying your morning/day 😊

rockpools ☕️📚👍🏼 Enjoy your day! 6y
Reviewsbylola Sounds like the perfect way to start your morning. 6y
LauraBeth Sounds perfect! 6y
britt_brooke Happy Holidays!! 🤗⛄️ 6y
Cinfhen Thanks @britt_brooke @LauraBeth @Reviewsbylola @RachelO About an hour ago, the sun came out and totally brightened my mood 🌷Hope you're all having a wonderful day 💞 6y
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Cinfhen
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Starting a new book and having fun playing with the new PicsArt 💞thanks so much @CoffeeAndABook (I'm obsessed 😉)

CoffeeAndABook @Cinfhen Oh wow that looks awesome!! I'm so pleased that you're enjoying it😊 And 🕎Happy Hanukkah🕎 to you 6y
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Onioons
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Love this #chrismassyreads about an ageing Irish mother, Rosaleen, and her adult children coming back together for Christmas when she threatens to sell their family home. They come from near and far, revert to their childhood selves and muddle through Christmas as only family can #seasonsreadings2016

Donna_sBookMinute Sounds like it could become a favorite! 😀 6y
Cinfhen I'm just about to start this one😁 6y
Onioons @Donna_sBookMinute it's a bit like 4 stories that come together when the 4 siblings come home for Christmas @cinfhen enjoy! Look forward to hearing what you think! 6y
Cinfhen My bookclub read this one in the summer but I was away and never read it, so I'm giving it a try! From what I heard, the girls were mixed on this book 🙄 6y
Onioons @Cinfhen yes the siblings' stories are quite different so I can see why people would prefer some over others. I loved where they got together and all turned into 5 year olds again 😊 6y
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kdwinchester
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Pickpick

An enthralling family saga that feels like two separate novels rather than a single novel with two parts. I adored the first half, in which each chapter is from a different character's perspective, and thought the second half was okay (every chapter has a plethora of confusing perspectives). Over all a good novel, though I felt a little disappointed at the ending.

Robothugs Love the photo 👍🏻 6y
PNWBookseller85 I loved this book. Love everything I've read by her. 6y
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kspenmoll
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"Emmet closed his eyes and tilted his face up, and there she was: his mother, closing her eyes and lifting her head, in just the same way...Her shadow moving through him.He had to shake her out of himself like a wet Dog"
finished this book- ended up loving it after a rough start/attaching NY Times review - the book "bounced" for me too. Like the idea
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/books/review/the-green-road-by-anne-enright...

MrBook Love me some Poland Spring Sparkling Water, especially the Lemon one 😊👍🏻! 6y
kspenmoll @MrBook Always have Poland Spring with me & a book, naturally! 6y
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kspenmoll
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For fun📚😀

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kspenmoll
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Autumn is coming to my reading porch. A smidgen of red is appearing among the Maples.

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kspenmoll
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" This was not the first time their mother took the horizontal solution, as Dan liked to call it..."
#Booktober #bookmarks @RealLifeReading
Love all kinds of bookmarks-especially from bookstores/ historic places

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Abailliekaras
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Some favourite #womenwriters - books I've read this year! Makes a nice change from never-ending TBR... I loved Anne enright's The Gathering but yet to read The Green Road... 📚 #septphotochallenge #somethingforseptember

PNWBookseller85 The Gathering is one of my all time favorites. I loved the Green Road too. I'd read anything she wrote even if the story was crap. Her writing is just such a nice place to be. 6y
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Abailliekaras
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Book & wine haul ... Skoob second-hand books for Agatha Raisin inspired by the Readers podcast on escapist books... The Green Road & The Past I've heard great things, & I love Richard Ford - have long been meaning to go back & read The Sportswriter. How to resist? 📚😉

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Shazzer
Green Road | Anne Enright
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Pickpick

I loved this book. Okay none of the characters were likeable but the way Rosealeen played her children with her Irish Mammy Guilt was so funny to read. She is not the greatest of mammies and her kids are screwed up. It was so easy to read.

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Michelle_mck
Green Road | Anne Enright
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Plus a mini library stack / had some holds come in.. Debating if I should Read manbooker list?
Plus some Aussie books and Hollie Overton's debut which I have seen some love for... A very good book day

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Twocougs
Green Road | Anne Enright
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Pickpick

Lovely story, I just felt like I wanted more. What happens next?

Michelle_mck I just picked this up from the library 6y
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Bookboss
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Pickpick

I listened to this book, so a picture of my cat rather than the cover. The novel follows an Irish family: mom, dad, two sisters, and two brothers. Narration alternates between the mom and grown children. The exploration of adult relationships with parents and siblings is interesting and well done.

BookBabe Cute cat. 😸 6y
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MusingsOnMidlife
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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this one but sadly I was disappointed. The first 3/4 was bitty and disconnected. The last quarter was better but in the end I was dissatisfied. ⭐️⭐️1/2

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Onioons
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#lunchtimereadingcompanions "Her father came from poor people. Handsome he might be and tall, but the bit of land he had was only rock and he did his business behind a hedge, like the rest of the Madigans before him"

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Adding to stack! Im a total sucker for Irish lit. Cant get enough! 7y
Onioons 😄 I've only started but I'm really enjoying it! 7y
RichRennicks Loved The Green Road. Want to read it again, for the first time. 6y
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