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The Enchanted
The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
For the narrator locked inside an ancient prison, waiting for death, life is full of magic, from the golden horses that stampede underground to the tiny men who hammer away inside the stone walls. That the enchanted place is a death row matters less to him than the people he watches from the bars of his cage: the lady, an investigator hired to help the men escape execution; the fallen priest, brought by shame to work the row; and the kindly warden, who ushers men to death.As the lady digs deep into the past of one of the men on the row, she finds secrets that ring chillingly familiar, and begins a journey that will bring all of them to unexpected salvation.Guilt and innocence collide in this story of the beauty that can exist in the midst of despair. A luminous novel about redemption, the poetry that can be found in the unfathomable, and the human capacity to transcend even the most nightmarish reality, The Enchanted is a new classic.
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Vanessa
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This book: a small dark gem, full of horror and beauty, death and life.

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Cinfhen
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#BookMail part II Both were impulse buys because I can‘t resist a #BookDepositoryBookBargain

TrishB If Revolutionary Rd is as depressing as the film you‘ll need a cheery read afterwards! 2w
Tex2Flo Ditto for The Enchanted. Bleak stuff for a Friday! 2w
Cinfhen Ha!! I‘ll proceed with caution @TrishB @Tex2Flo 2w
readordierachel I absolutely loved The Enchanted. Dark, yes, but some beautiful writing and a lot to think about. 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @readordierachel for your promising endorsement ❤️ 2w
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rachelk
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I picked this up because I loved the title and beautiful black and gold cover art. It was not what I expected. Devastating, brutal and haunting stories emerge from the setting of a corrupt stone prison — and yet the writing is gorgeous, poetic, hopeful and supremely imaginative. Denfeld makes you feel the humanity of men on death row without minimizing the horrors of what they have done. I can‘t stop thinking about this book.

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Melissa_J
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The Enchanted is one of the few books I‘ve read that features a prison as the primary setting. It seems appropriate for #CellBlockTango

#MusicalNewYear

readordierachel Good choice! I loved this book. 5mo
vivastory I have this on my TBR. Good choice! 5mo
Cinfhen Have it on my TBR too...but had no idea what it‘s about 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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thegreentealibrarian
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I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. But that ending was worth everything. This was so brutal but so beautiful.
#screamathon #spooktober

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thegreentealibrarian
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I have a hard time explaining my experience with this one so far. It hurts more and more as I go on and I have to take breaks (usually watching a Disney movie) but I don't want to stop reading. #screamathon #spooktober

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Shvonne
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#BeachRead Who says the beach is only for light reading?

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Nickinpa
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This was a dark and devastating read. Highly recommended if that‘s your jam.

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Becker
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Haunting, intense and dark. The writing is strong and I thought the ending was well done. If you love reading for atmosphere, don‘t pass by this one.📝

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BethFishReads
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🎧 Today‘s #JIAM #audiobook recommendation! Jim Frangione‘s storytelling abilities shine in this production. His delivery adds a subtle creep factor & is emotionally intense.

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CleverGirl
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Magical realism can be a little precious for me, often because story comes second to style, but this was compelling.

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kissxxmyxxconverse
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So Litsy is throwing a fit about me posting a picture that had my review of this book. To summarize: beautiful writing, but didn‘t make sense with the story. Nor did the POV. So disappointing, and I DNF-ed at 68 pages. Only the 10th book I‘ve ever DNF-ed :(

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kissxxmyxxconverse
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The look in her eyes is of a person who drank from the end of a gun barrel and found it delicious.

Reggie Yikes!!!! 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Denfeld has serious credibility as a journalist and nonfiction writer. Plus her day job is investigating death penalty cases. But this book is clearly fiction / magical realism, which is one of my favorites. The Enchanted‘s story is told by a nameless death row inmate with a quirky imagination. He devours books, and has a unique vision of the old stone prison in which he and the other inmates live.

Full review posted at www.TheBibliophage

readordierachel I really loved this one. Gives you lots to think about. 1y
Foragingfantasy I loved this one. I still think about it... 1y
4thhouseontheleft This sounds really interesting! 1y
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whatshesreadingnow Great review! It sounds intriguing. Stacking! :) 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft It‘s enchanting! 😜❤️ 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @whatshesreadingnow Thanks! It really makes you think—as a few others have noted. 1y
SandyW Sounds intriguing 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Started this one the other day as a combo audio/ebook read. I‘m using it for one of the #ERMadLibs challenge prompts. And wow—it‘s quite a book to follow When They Call You a Terrorist, which has so much to do with mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.

#scribd #kindle #audiobook

Reagan-reads It‘s an amazing book. I highly recommend 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reagan-reads Thanks. The topic of The Child Finder sounds tougher even than this one. 1y
ghosthost I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. 1y
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Richryan52 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Just found your blog and it is delightful 1y
lauralovesbooks1 That would be a very interesting paired reading. Throw Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson in for a great trio. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ghosthost The writing and the plot are creating some cognitive dissonance for me. But it‘s oddly pleasant. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Richryan52 Thank you so much! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lauralovesbooks1 Ohmigosh Yes! I have Just Mercy on my shelf too. Maybe I‘ll go for a trifecta! 1y
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coffee_first
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"She got over her fears in the way she gets over everything - she pretends they don't exist."

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Melissa_J
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This lyrical novel about a death row inmate fits well for today‘s #mylastday prompt 👍🏻 #NuYear Unlike most of the books I use for these photo challenges I‘ve actually read this one!

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I often feel like that! Here‘s a great book.....I just haven‘t quite read it! 1y
Cinfhen Hahahaha 😂truth ❣️this one sounds good 1y
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dastevensish
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This book is brutal. It‘s a story of broken systems and broken people. Set in a prison, we meet death row inmates, a woman hired to help try and get death sentences commuted, the warden, a fallen priest. No one is whole and all are human. I think the author‘s choice to leave most characters nameless is a powerful one. And all of it is told in such beautiful language. I suspect this one will truly stick with me.

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shadowspeak17
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I don‘t poetry much 😂 but I figured I‘d give it a shot anyway. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Mystic river, gathering blue
By the light of the moon
The enchanted night

#bookspinepoetry #JanInBooks18

robinb Nice! BTW, thanks so much for jumping into #LittensInTouch! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
shadowspeak17 @robinb Thanks for organizing it! It‘s such a nice thing. :) 1y
robinb @shadowspeak17 it‘s my pleasure. 😊 1y
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Heartbreaking. 💔

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ItsAngel
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I think I shall give this one a go. It‘s been on my tbr for quite a while now.

Melissa_J It‘s really good! 1y
ohyeahthatgirl I still have an ARC of this, but have yet to read it. I'm such a book procrastinator. 1y
ItsAngel @Melissa_J good to hear! I‘ll let y‘all know. 1y
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ItsAngel @ohyeahthatgirl I have so many ARCs that I haven‘t gotten to, I understand! 1y
swishandflick So good!!! 1y
Bookish.SAM This was one of my first audiobooks and I LOVED it so much. Immediately after listening I started over again right away and went to the library to find the book. Could have been that it was a great narrator but I could this book haunting. Hope you like it! 1y
shadowspeak17 This has been on my TBR for ages! I bought it about two years ago with every intention of having it be the next book I read, but then it never was. Maybe 2018 will be the year I finally read it. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1y
ghosthost I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too. 1y
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heikemarie
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I have been raving about this book so much that I bought it for two friends this year in hard copy, and one audiobook on CD for my aunt. I love wrapping :) #BOOKFRIDAY2017

Louise Lovely wrapping! 🌲✨ 2y
Oryx Great book! 2y
heikemarie @Louise Thank you!! 2y
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rachelm
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Mehso-so

This book has many admirers. I didn't love it, but I did appreciate its prose. I think I have a hard time connecting to books with characters with broad names like The Lady and The Fallen Priest because I'm so averse to allegory and that feels like an element? Who knows. Nevertheless, if books about prisons and the death penalty in fiction are up your alley, add it to your list.

Cupofjo I agree that the lack of names was difficult for finding a connection... yet it in the end worked for me because (days later) I realized I connected to the stories within the characters... was a hard book to rate for me. I loved, and disliked it on many levels. 2y
rachelm @Cupofjo I can totally see that. I'm glad I read it, but it was a hard one for me to rate as well. 2y
cariashley I couldn‘t agree more, I felt the exact same about this book. I also can‘t stand allegory! 2y
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rach_simone
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This book is so beautifully written. It is so surprisingly
lyrical considering it is set in a prison. It is clearly written by someone who understands the justice system. It is also heartbreaking.

moranadatter Agreed. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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I really enjoyed this book, although I did put it down and almost walk away from it a little ways into it because the whole “enchanted castle” aspect was a bit too flighty at first. I understand the poetic aspect of it but in the beginning it honestly felt out of place until it gains momentum as the characters narrative etc. once that occurs it really picks up and gets hard to put down :) I‘m really starting to enjoy this authors style

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agoldie
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Nothing like finishing a book parked outside the library on the day it's due. I don't think saying whether you "like" or "dislike" a book is appropriate in many instances but especially with this. I can already tell I'll be thinking about this book for weeks. All I want to do right now is research what death row in the U.S. really looks like. The Enchanted, for me, was hauntingly beautiful.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant P.S. Here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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Cupofjo
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I finished this book a few days ago and honestly haven't known what to say about it. It was odd to have main elements never revealed, like names. Yet, it worked. The main story was so sad, yet the stories within had an element of hope, growth, and learning to let go. Such a depressing story; one that was elegantly and beautifully written.

emilyhaldi Your review has me intrigued. Stacking 2y
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Cupofjo
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I'm not getting through this book as quickly as I'd like, life and adulting keeps getting in the way... but this stopped me for a moment. #Deep

Texreader Ooooh love that quote. Makes one think... 2y
Cupofjo @Texreader doesn't it! 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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Depression has suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks clouding even the things I love most like reading 📖😞... I must've read the same sentence so many times & the normal joy reading brings forth just wouldn't come forth-so I'm going to dive under for a bit & try to pull myself out of it the next couple of days...& at least scratch the surface of this read

WarpedSweetness I'm so sorry. I can empathize with you. I'm having a bad anxiety day. I hope you can feel better soon. 2y
MiyakoBunny @WarpedSweetness Thank you 😊🙏🏼❤️I hope your day improves as well and you feel better soon too 2y
kimlovesbooks 😍😍😍 hope you feel better soon! I understand I went through a patch like this a couple of weeks ago! 2y
MiyakoBunny @kimlovesbooks Thanks 🙏🏼 😊❤️ 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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?Read "The Child Finder" & loved it beyond words so I decided to check out other books by this author & Goodreads recommended this so here I am & here it is ? Super excited!?

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Cupofjo
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My next book for the week

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NatalieR
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This book was so mesmerizing! It's such a unique story and it is so beautifully written, I'm having a hard time describing it. The characters were fascinating and I loved the prison/death row setting. I chose the audio route and the narration was perfect!

irre I liked her new book even more! 2y
NatalieR @irre Good to know! I definitely plan to read it! 😉 2y
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heikemarie
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I read 28 books in July, which may be a PR! My favorite was the one I tagged. I also read the first 8 or so Sookie Stackhouse books, which are fun! I am looking forward to allowing myself more time to read during the school year this year, and I'm so happy I have this community of beautiful people who ground me in my love of books!

And I bought that mug today. Obviously.

britt_brooke Excellent month! 👏🏻 And that mug is the best!! 2y
monkeygirlsmama That's a particularly awesome reading month to be sure. 🍰🍹 2y
TrishB Wow 👍 brilliant 2y
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swishandflick
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Well this was just exceptional!! As beautiful and light as its prison-life subject matter is ugly and dark. It's not very long at all but it's impeccably written and sure does pack a punch! Magical Realism the way it should be. Color me impressed that this was her debut novel ??

"I imagine he knows magic, if he is reading books. The book itself doesn‘t matter. It‘s that he found another world in it."

eanderson Such a good book!!! 2y
readordierachel Loved this one. So sad, but so good. 2y
irre I really liked this one, but her new one coming out in September is even better! 2y
swishandflick That's great to hear! I can't wait!! @irre 2y
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heikemarie
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I also finished The Enchanted today as an audiobook and I adored it. It was beautiful, aching, and poignant. Magical realism at its finest.

I do wish I had been reading along with the text because it has lots of lines I'd love to reread. And I might be late on this but the Libby app is awesome!! So much better than the overdrive app.

And now, #booknbeer!

Foragingfantasy Wasn't it amazing!!!! I am still haunted by it and it's been over a year since I read it. 2y
heikemarie @Foragingfantasy I can't stop thinking about it and compulsively recommending it! 2y
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LitHousewife
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This audiobook was recommended to me by @BethFishReads a while ago (and probably more than once). Probably more than once. I'm finally listening. It takes place on death row and I think I'm going to really enjoy it. Jim Frangione is a very engaging narrator.

readordierachel Excellent book. Enjoy! 2y
BethFishReads YES!!!!!!!! 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Wow, just wow. This book was sad and brutal. But in the end, there was a kind of peace about it. It's hard to face the truth that the story depicted here is the reality for some. So harsh. But well worth reading. 4/5⭐️ #24in48

8little_paws I LOVE THIS BOOK 2y
susanw I loved this too! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @8little_paws @susanw It really was very good! 2y
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BriKie
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With the help of Olive-snuggles I have finished my first book of #24in48. This book is beautiful but brutal. I've logged 3.5 hours so far!

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prowlix
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1. @Liberty on a podcast!
2. Wunderlist app and physical shelves (my GR got ridiculous)
3. ALL of them (pretty edition, used, audio, ebook, all the words)!
4. No
5. Yes and failed hard
6. A Dance with Dragons (this was before the show started, George needs to write faster)
7. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
8. The Expats #currentread
9. The Enchanted (tagged bc everyone should read it)
10. How did I get here?
#TBRboost

Christyco125 That Enchanted sounds fabulous. 2y
prowlix @Christyco125 I feel like it got no attention when it got published! I need to do a reread soon 💗 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Awesome e-book deal today. This book is sooooooo amazing!!!

eanderson Oh my goodness! I love that book!!! 2y
Reagan-reads One of my all time favourites. 2y
aeeklund I love this book so much. I just finished an ARC of her new novel, and it's also amazing! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Bought! Thank you! 2y
minkyb Hope it is still available when I get to my computer!!!! 2y
MeggsKY This is on my Kindle....now I'm excited to dive in! 2y
Patrella I thought this book was fantastic! I love ebook deals! Good catch! 2y
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AlwaysBeReading
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Wow. I never thought a story about a horrific prison could be so beautiful. The writing is amazing, and I loved way the story is told from the perspective of the mute prisoner on death row.

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AlwaysBeReading
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Hell hath no fury like a book lover scorned!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Hard core. 2y
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AlwaysBeReading
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Page 3! Feeling like this might be a great read already :)

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8little_paws
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So I'm in the Rochester area for a few days visiting family and look who else is in town! So excited to meet her.

Foragingfantasy This book. So good. 2y
8little_paws @Foragingfantasy and she's got a new novel coming out in September!! 2y
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theshrinkette
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This is a gritty and brutal debut novel. Set in the death row block of an ancient prison, and told from the perspective of a mute inmate, about York, an inmate nearing execution who wants to die, The Lady, whose job is to investigate special cases, a fallen priest, and a kind warden. Lyrical prose and dark material, definitely worth picking up.

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bookishdawg
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"He has been looking for a calling all his life, he thinks, when maybe the calling was simpler than he ever thought." ?

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QuirksAndContradictions
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SO GOOD.

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THIS.

readordierachel This book is amazing. 2y
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