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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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Eggs 🖤🧡🖤 3d
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starr2_d2
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I occasionally had to put the book down because of the horrors of prison. Still, pauses included, it was a fast read and beautifully written. I picked it up because of the way the narrator speaks, so poetic and magical. I stayed for the intensity and reality.

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Jas16
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A story about a prison told from the viewpoint of a inmate on death row. It shows the brutal abuse perpetrated by those on both sides of the bars. There are also characters like the warden, the fallen priest, and the death row investigator who each play a role in the prison despite the different things that have brought them there and differing viewpoints. This is a brutal but remarkable read. I will have a hard time shaking this one.

CoverToCoverGirl Wow! I just had this book in my hand— the universe is speaking to me, to have your post show up. I need to get this off my shelf and into my TBR pile. 6mo
Jas16 @CoverToCoverGirl Isn‘t it crazy when that happens?! 6mo
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 28

Nebklvr This was dark but very good. And it is a fast read 8mo
CuriousG @Nebklvr - I'm partial to dark, so might be a really good fit 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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Day 7 of #12booksof2020

This book about life on death row told from the point of view of one of the inmates is gorgeous. And tender, how strange that may sound. Another one of this year‘s favorites.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking!! 11mo
arubabookwoman I have that on Kindle. Will have to get to it sooner rather than later. 11mo
Andrew65 Sounds brilliant. 11mo
readordierachel Loved this one 11mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#AlphabetTitles #LetterE

By far my favorite E title is The Enchanted. A bit magical realism but just a ton of pure magical writing talent. This book sucked me right in.

So many great nonfiction reads Einstein, Emperor of Maladies, Educated, Empty Mansions all vastly different but engrossing reads.

Round it out with some easy reads of Eleanor & Park and a Saramago one about an Elephant and you have some great reading.

Annie1215 Ugh I love Eleanor &Park ❤️ 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love this photo. 13mo
dainarmb Love this Alphabet idea! 13mo
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Gissy
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Just a little bit late😜 Touch, a book by Claire North👍Thanks @DaveGreen7777

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DaveGreen7777
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#BookHunt #Round1

@ShyBookOwl What a fun challenge! 😀 Thank you for the tag, @wanderinglynn

“This is an enchanted place.”

Inviting some wonderful Littens to play... @Meaw_catlady @Librarybelle @batsy @JoScho @Gissy @Zoes_Human @Megabooks and, of course, the wonderful Litten who gifted me “The Enchanted” in the first place, @Branwen 😁

Branwen One of my favorite books of all time! 🤗💕📚 Thank you for the tag, dear friend! 😀 2y
DaveGreen7777 @Branwen You are most welcome! 🤗💕 2y
Megabooks Cool!! Thanks for the tag!! 🥰🥰💕 2y
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Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 2y
JoScho Thanks for the tag Dave 😘❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn Great first line! 2y
batsy Thank you for the tag! :) 2y
Meaw_catlady Thanks for the tag!! 🖤 2y
DaveGreen7777 @wanderinglynn Thank you! 😁 2y
Zoes_Human Oooo, this was fun! 2y
DaveGreen7777 @Zoes_Human I agree, this was a great challenge! 😁 2y
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BarbaraBB
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#AprilStats #AprilWrapUp

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
The Enchanted
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My Dark Vanessa
The Glass Hotel
The Holdout
⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
State of Wonder
The Slaves of Solitude
Late in the Day
Lady Susan
A Game of Hide and Seek
Time Regained
Weather
Open Mic Night in Moscow
⭐️⭐️⭐️
Snowblind
Nada
The Western Wind
Inheritance
⭐️⭐️
Crudo

TrishB A great month 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks Great month!! 2y
thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked The Glass Hotel. I have it out from the library right now, but I haven‘t gotten into it yet. 💙 2y
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It‘s very entertaining! I hope you‘ll like it too‘ 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#manicmonday #letterE @JoScho
📚 The Enchanted
✍️ Emily St John Mandel
📺 Eureka
🍿Empire Records
🎤 Elton John
🎶 Elysium by Bears Den

JoScho 💜💜💜 2y
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 18/20

I am beyond proud and relieved I finished Proust! Beside that achievement I loved ❤️ The Enchanted. The other three were enjoyable too so I has a real good reading week!

TrishB A great week 👍🏻 2y
Suet624 Nice!!!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm A week of great reads! 😃👏 2y
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻congrats on completing Proust 😅and so glad you loved 2y
Kalalalatja Yay for a good reading week 🙌 2y
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BarbaraBB
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“Monsters aren‘t born - they are created” is stated on the cover of the book - deriving from the conditions in which they grow up. This book is about life on death row, about the 'monsters' waiting for their execution and about those who work there. It‘s a thin line sometimes, between man and monster, as we learn by voice of “the most horrible monster of all”, who tells his story in such a beautiful, moving way. 👇🏼👇🏼

BarbaraBB Thanks so much for this one @Cinfhen it touched me deeply 💔.
#ATY2020 A book with a neurodiverse character #Booked2020 Animal on cover
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Cinfhen I‘m so glad this book didn‘t disappoint ❤️It touched me deeply, as well. Beautiful review and lovely photo xxx 2y
Tex2Flo This one was a big surprise for me. Really tough read but touching and illuminating. 2y
BookBelle84 I love that cover! 2y
Kalalalatja Great review, I‘m sold! 2y
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TrishB
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Thank you so much Emma ❤️ 😘for some reason I didn‘t think Amazon we‘re still delivering non essentials (not that books aren‘t essential!) this was such a lovely surprise.
So grateful for our #JBUK, been a lifesaver recently.
Hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

eanderson Enjoy! It‘s a great book! 2y
Oryx Yeah they are - but it's taking about a week to deliver books (which obviously is fine). I would have rather tried to post something, but haven't had a chance to go to post office. I hope you like this one when you get to it. ♥️ 2y
TrishB @eanderson 👍🏻 cool 2y
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TrishB @Oryx I tried to go to the PO about 10 days ago and gave up as the queue was massive and no one was observing 6 feet apart!! It looks like a good read ❤️ 2y
Oryx @TrishB did you manage to get time off work this week? I'm really looking forward to a 4-day weekend. Only a few hours to go... 2y
TrishB @Oryx was off yesterday and until next Tuesday now. I‘m nervous about not being attached to my email. My daughter was supposed to come back from a field trip in the lakes yesterday and we were just going to have a long family weekend! We‘re obviously still having a long family weekend, just not exactly as planned 😁 2y
Caroline2 Ah that‘s lovely. Yeah we should be on holiday in the New Forest right now. 🙄 tsk! So glad to hear you‘re getting some well earned time off tho. 👍 (edited) 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 you know as soon as we‘re all allowed out to play again that it‘s going to rain everyday!! 2y
Caroline2 That‘s so gonna happen!! But to be honest, I‘ll be the first to be out there running in the rain!!! 😆 2y
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StaceGhost
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Equally horrifying & dark, rich & illuminated 🤷‍♀️this one will haunt me for awhile 👻also more #litsylove ♥️ I‘ve been designing something special to send out & am v. excited 📚thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & @Mynameisacolour for the beautiful cards!

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Gizmo86
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One for my birthday list!

readordierachel Loved this book! 2y
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throwmeabook
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Thank you @teebe for this wonderful #PoutinePenPals #CanuckChristmasSwap package! ❤️ You have spoiled me! I love everything, from the books, book ends and bookmarks to the t-shirt, cozy socks, tumbler, hand cream, snowman ornament (which is now proudly hanging on the tree), Drako keychain and sweets. ❤️ I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best in the New Year!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love how generous all our friends are! ❤💚 2y
PurpleyPumpkin I'm jealous of that t-shirt!😆 Enjoy all of the lovely gifts.🎄 2y
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Cinfhen
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#FriYAYintro @howjessreads

1. Just gorgeous writing but a sad story
2. OE ~ short for ocean eyes...my blue eyes turned stormy whenever I got mad 😜
3. Guacamole & chips and throw in a side of sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo 😋
4. Spending the weekend with elementary school friends (we‘ve got at least 45 years of history together) 😍
5. Two 🥳

GlassAsDiamonds Guacamole ftw!!!! Gorging on Mexican in Singapore (gotta love international cities and homesick exist chefs!!!) is my new favorite past time!!!! 😂😂😂😂😊😊😊😊 2y
TrishB Stacked the book, sounds good. 👍🏻 Though sad. 2y
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Squidapus
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Woof. This was a rough read. Written by a death row investigator from the point of view of a prisoner on death row, the book examines how exactly people like him are made and how prison removes their ability to be anything else. The language is beautiful and evocative. Squidapus found it handled incredibly dark things like rape, murder, abuse and such respectfully but also smartly in obscuring it so your imagination comes up with so much worse.

Squidapus PAY ATTENTION TO WHO IS NAMED AND WHO IS NOT. Squidapus cannot stress this enough. 2y
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Squidapus
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A man on death row and an investigator looking for innocence. But apparently there's some scifi/fantasy shenaniganry afoot. Squidapus was intrigued by the first page which he always takes a look at in store so late see how all the other pages are!

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Deborah42
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Grimly lyrical, steeped in magical realism.

An unnamed (until the end) narrator tells the story from his death row cell. He blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, victim and victimized.

All the trigger warnings and all the feels.

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Cinfhen
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Holy Hell!!! THIS BOOK is just filled with the MOST poetic writing but the MOST heartbreaking content. A look at prison life through the eyes of a mute inmate sitting on death row. Absolutely heartbreaking. I read this in one long sitting with a lump in my throat and an ache in my heart 💔TW: sexual abuse 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cinfhen @Melissa_J I‘m pretty sure I stacked this book based on your recommendation. Thank you!!! I have a feeling I‘ll be thinking about this story for a long time😢 2y
StayCurious Great picture! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @StayCurious 💜 2y
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DivineDiana I already have this stacked. Agree with @StayCurious ! 2y
BarbaraBB Oh this sounds right up my alley. Stacked! 💜 2y
Melissa_J I‘m glad you enjoyed it, although enjoyed doesn‘t really seem appropriate for this one, does it? 2y
Reviewsbylola Sounds amazing. 2y
Cinfhen I was gutted @Melissa_J I think this was her debut!!?!!!! I highly recommend this book @DivineDiana @Reviewsbylola and don‘t buy it @BarbaraBB I‘m gonna post it to you 😘😘😘 2y
BarbaraBB You are? That‘s awesome ❤️ (I had it in my shopping cart at BD already 😀). I‘ve got some on their way to you as well. They were meant for your anniversary when meeting you, I hope they‘ll make it to Israel before your next anniversary 😜😘 2y
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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! 3y
Tex2Flo Ditto for The Enchanted. Bleak stuff for a Friday! 3y
Cinfhen Ha!! I‘ll proceed with caution @TrishB @Tex2Flo 3y
readordierachel I absolutely loved The Enchanted. Dark, yes, but some beautiful writing and a lot to think about. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @readordierachel for your promising endorsement ❤️ 3y
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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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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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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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The look in her eyes is of a person who drank from the end of a gun barrel and found it delicious.

Reggie Yikes!!!! 4y
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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. 4y
Foragingfantasy I loved this one. I still think about it... 4y
4thhouseontheleft This sounds really interesting! 4y
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tammysue Great review! It sounds intriguing. Stacking! :) 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft It‘s enchanting! 😜❤️ 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @whatshesreadingnow Thanks! It really makes you think—as a few others have noted. 4y
SandyW Sounds intriguing 4y
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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 It‘s an amazing book. I highly recommend 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reagan-reads Thanks. The topic of The Child Finder sounds tougher even than this one. 4y
ghosthost I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. 4y
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Richryan52 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Just found your blog and it is delightful 4y
lauralovesbooks1 That would be a very interesting paired reading. Throw Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson in for a great trio. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ghosthost The writing and the plot are creating some cognitive dissonance for me. But it‘s oddly pleasant. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Richryan52 Thank you so much! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lauralovesbooks1 Ohmigosh Yes! I have Just Mercy on my shelf too. Maybe I‘ll go for a trifecta! 4y
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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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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! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
shadowspeak17 @robinb Thanks for organizing it! It‘s such a nice thing. :) 4y
robinb @shadowspeak17 it‘s my pleasure. 😊 4y
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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! 4y
ohyeahthatgirl I still have an ARC of this, but have yet to read it. I'm such a book procrastinator. 4y
ItsAngel @Melissa_J good to hear! I‘ll let y‘all know. 4y
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ItsAngel @ohyeahthatgirl I have so many ARCs that I haven‘t gotten to, I understand! 4y
swishandflick So good!!! 4y
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! 4y
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. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4y
ghosthost I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too. 4y
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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! 🌲✨ 4y
Oryx Great book! 4y
heikemarie @Louise Thank you!! 4y
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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. 4y
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. 4y
cariashley I couldn‘t agree more, I felt the exact same about this book. I also can‘t stand allegory! 4y
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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. 4y
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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 4y
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 4y
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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... 4y
Cupofjo @Texreader doesn't it! 4y
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