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Everything Here Is Beautiful
Everything Here Is Beautiful | Mira T. Lee
‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters.”—Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak Two sisters—Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a bighearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth. Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again—but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans—but what does it take to break them? Told in alternating points of view, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, the story of a young woman’s quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it’s also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone—and when loyalty to one’s self must prevail over all.
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erinjohns
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Estonishly rich with culture...a healthy mix of romance, loss, dreams, and possibilities while facing a life-altering illness. Friends, family, and the love of neighbors all mixed into a journey of discovery of faults, failures, and forgiveness.

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

IMHO this sprawled in too many directions and for too long. Had it been more focused perhaps it would have delivered a more powerful emotional punch re: the impact of mental illness.

TheNerdyProfessor I read this one and really enjoyed it, though I found much of the content sad. I think this offers an honest look at how having a serious mental illness affects a whole family. 1mo
Tamra @TheNerdyProfessor I agree it is definitely sad and provides perspectives from multiple family members. 1mo
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Insightsintobooks
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CBee @kellyann28 did you see this? 1mo
kellyann28 @CBee 😱😱😱 I didn't! Going to grab NOW. Thank you for tagging me 💕 1mo
CBee @kellyann28 you‘re welcome! Hope you love it! 😁♥️ 1mo
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CBee
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I read this last year and it was easily one of my favorites of 2018. It explores the relationship between two sisters, one of whom struggles with severe mental illness. How far will you go for your beloved sister? How do you know when to back off and let go? It‘s a beautiful story, albeit a heartbreaking one. Absolutely a five star read for me.

JennyM I‘m nodding madly with you...excellent book and a 5🌟read for me too. 3mo
CBee @JennyM ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Marla It was frustrating, eye-opening, heartwarming and heartbreaking. It caused so many emotions for me. Great book! 3mo
CBee @Marla yes! All of that ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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fleeting
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Starting this one, hoping it won't break my heart too much.

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TheBogwitch
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Started this one this morning. Book club book. I probably wouldn‘t read this one, otherwise. Too close. Too painful.

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Hestapleton
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Feeling re-energized after a trip to my indie bookstore! Did a brief bit of meal prep and gathered some snacks. Gonna dig into a bit more FIRESTARTER before starting one of these. 😊#24in48

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Elma
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This is one of the books my husband got me for Christmas. The paperback came out last week. #bookmail

JennyM This is a beautiful read. A fave of mine from last year. Hope you enjoy 😊 5mo
Elma @JennyM That's good to hear. I haven't seen many people talk about it on Litsy, but it's been on my list since it came out. 5mo
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OhNoMersault

What do testes and prostates have in common? Nothing, there is a vas diferens between them.

TheBookKeepers Bahaha 5mo
cathysaid 😂😂 5mo
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Elma
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I gave my husband a list of books I wanted, so we could start the #jolabokaflod tradition (see previous post). To my surprise he got me two other books off the list for Christmas. The tagged is the paperback version that comes out on the 15th.

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LeafingThroughLife
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Here are the 9 best books I read this year. Now, just imagine a copy of Sourdough by Robin Sloan on top and you‘ve got my top 10! #Bestof2018 #2018FavoriteBook

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Bevita
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Mehso-so

Story of two Chinese American sisters, one is mentally ill. I found it a little slow but still enjoyable and absolutely wanted to finish. How to help someone who doesn‘t want to be helped?

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Robothugs
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Miranda and Lucia are two Chinese immigrant sisters. Miranda being reliable, responsible, Lucia unpredictable, impulsive. Lucia suffers from mental illness and after each drastic life altering decision Miranda is always at her side to care for her, even crossing an ocean to be with her. A tale of navigating life with mental illness, familial bonds, how far you go, or should go, for those you love. #MisterAsylum #OctoberXFiles

Robothugs Join in on the photo challenge on whatever days you‘re up for it! http://litsy.com/p/eUtoT09EU3B1 8mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this book!! Thanks for putting it back on my #bookradar 8mo
JennyM Oh great pick. I loved this read! 8mo
Robothugs @Cinfhen You‘re welcome! 😉 8mo
BarbaraBB I had it stacked already. Must read it! 8mo
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imabusybee
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Taking a day off to just be.

Thousand-Lives Necessary sometimes. Enjoy! 10mo
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NicoleCeBallos
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Mehso-so

This book is about mental illness and how it affects the person suffering from it, as well as everyone around it. It was a downer

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AshleyC816
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Pickpick

This book was devastating!! Following two sisters, one with mental illness and the other trying to care for her was very emotional for me. I definitely recommend!!

MeikeReads This dog's little face - so cute!!! 11mo
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cocomass
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Pickpick

What a lovely, heart wrenching debut about family and mental illness. I really loved this one, and I learned a new word ❤️

19.5 hours into #24in48 and I‘ve finished my second book.

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cynswanauthor

A beautiful, eloquently written novel. I became completely absorbed in the story of these two sisters and their families.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

I am really impressed by this book. It's diverse without being overly political and deals with issues surrounding mental health in a very real and compassionate way.

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Jillsmith
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Pickpick

I‘m on such a good reading roll, everything I read lately is just SO good! Really enjoyed this story, bittersweet, my heart aches for Lucia and Miranda.

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EmilyM
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Pickpick

This book was truly heartbreaking. Told in several perspectives, it deals with the effects mental illness has on an individual, her family (specifically her sister) and her loved ones. It was such a good story with well-developed characters (a must for my reading taste)!
🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

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Brenda
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A perfect day for poolside reading. 😎📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 12mo
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CourtSmall
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#60 for 2018
👍👍👍👍👍

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iggyreads
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Pickpick

Heart-wrenching but filled with so much rawness of life and it‘s in-between. With all the awareness of mental illness and it‘s pain that‘s being magnified in the world now, it‘s even critical for one to acknowledge the voice (or voices) from within, to accept and calm it - as one tries to resonate the meaning and its learning from it.

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JennyM
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Day 4: #readingresolutions #relatablecharacter

An honest, raw story of how mental illness affects families. Such an important read.

Cathythoughts Beautiful post 12mo
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

This was a super engaging book that had all kinds of heartbreak in it. I loved how it took on the different characters perspective. You get really vested in whomever you are reading and then you flip to another character and go “ oh, so that‘s what‘s going on 😬” nobody is perfect and that is just fine. That‘s family in fact

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RealLifeReading
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In all the pneumonia-excitement (NOT), I forgot to post my wrap-up for #AsianLitBingo. Just like last year, I had a great time with this challenge, learnt plenty of new things, discovered many new-to-me authors (actually 12 out of the 14 I read were new-to-me authors) and made three bingos! Here‘s the link to all my reviews https://reallifereading.com/2018/06/01/asianlitbingo-wrap-up-2/

Lindy Well done!💐 12mo
CourtSmall I have just read this book too and I loved it. 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Pickpick

Everything Here is Beautiful is a must-read. I seldom say things like that so I hope you know I mean it. It was a story gently and thoughtfully told, one that explores different perspectives, one that shows us how mental illness affects family and loved ones.

CBee One of my recent favorites ❤️ 13mo
JennyM I totally agree. It is a fantastic book. 13mo
Lariluna Such a beautiful cover! Just added it to my to read list 13mo
TrishB Definitely tempted by this one! 13mo
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RealLifeReading
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I read most of this beautiful (and sad - it has to do with mental illness) book at the kids‘ tennis class yesterday. It was really hot but luckily the court is surrounded by redwoods so there is some shade. I‘m already wishing we could just skip summer and go straight to autumn! Who‘s with me?

MicheleinPhilly 🙋🏻‍♀️ 13mo
BibliOphelia It‘s been raining here for a month - I need summer! 13mo
Bostonmomx2 Absolutely. I hate summer 😕 13mo
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ReadZenRites I‘m with you! Except that my parents fly south for the winter, and I like having them around.😊 13mo
rjsthumbelina I can't stand the summer weather! The humidity where I live (St Louis) is so oppressive in the summer - not only is it in the 90s every day this week, but the humidity is around 90 percent, too! Talk about oppressive - summer is terrivle 13mo
Zelma Every summer, I argue about moving up north again. I hate summer here! It‘s already in the 90s every day and will be into October, which is normal here. It already feel like 100s, which arrive soon. 13mo
laurenlovesliterature That cover is beautiful 13mo
Dragon I prefer spring and autumn to summer and winter. 13mo
Cathythoughts We have to travel for real everyday summer sun ... so I wouldn‘t mind just one summer of yours 🙏🏻❤️☀️ 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly I always want to go straight to autumn! One of my Australian friends posted a picture of an autumnal tree on instagram yesterday and I briefly indulged in a fantasy of traveling around the world to follow autumn. 13mo
RealLifeReading @MicheleinPhilly @Bostonmomx2 glad it‘s not just me! 13mo
RealLifeReading @BibliOphelia oh no! I hope you get some sun soon! 13mo
RealLifeReading @ReadZenRites wow where do they fly to? 13mo
RealLifeReading @rjsthumbelina yikes humidity... I grew up in Singapore which is always hot and always humid so I really can‘t stand humid weather! 13mo
RealLifeReading @Zelma yikes! 100s... 13mo
RealLifeReading @laurenlovesliterature it is and so is the book 13mo
RealLifeReading @dragon same. I wish that‘s how the seasons go - spring autumn spring autumn 13mo
ReadZenRites They go to Florida for warm weather in winter & return to Colorado in the spring, just like a couple of geese 😁 13mo
Dragon Agreed 👍 @RealLifeReading 13mo
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abbylibrarian
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Blurb from Celeste Ng = auto-checkout for me! About sisters. “When their their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister.” #tbr

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mcctrish
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Took a break from marking and report cards to read by my super swanky pool

Tamra Love it! 13mo
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LA_Mead
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Here‘s my fri-yay intro, a day late!

1. LOTS of house projects now that the snow and ice have FNALLY gone away!

2. “Everything Here is Beautiful,” because the weather is finally nice.

3. London, England

4. I‘ve heard sloths can be violent, but they look so cuddly...

5. 28 degrees, but ⛈. #friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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mcctrish
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Marking while we drive the oldest son to his summer job ( works at a summer camp on an island) here‘s hoping I can enjoy the last day of a 3 day weekend before Tuesday 👍🏻

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BitchinBooks
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Pickpick

And so is this book.
“Saudade: (a Portuguese word)- a vague longing for something that cannot exist again, or perhaps never existed.”

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RealLifeReading
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They‘ve got some great-looking covers!

#asianlitbingo

jwashreads Genie Lo is fabulous!! I laughed so much!! 13mo
CBee *sigh* Everything Here is Beautiful is incredible. I was sad to finish it. 13mo
LeafingThroughLife Looks like a great haul. I loved Everything Here is Beautiful! 13mo
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RealLifeReading @jwashreads awesome! I‘m looking forward to it! 13mo
RealLifeReading @CBee ah so it‘s a good kind of sigh then 😀 13mo
RealLifeReading @LeafingThroughLife I keep hearing that it‘s great! 13mo
CBee @RealLifeReading oh yes. A great big GOOD sigh. 13mo
BellaBookNook The Widows of Mallabar is so good!! Enjoy! 13mo
RealLifeReading @BellaBookNook that‘s great to hear! 13mo
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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

As often happens with an audiobook with multiple narrators, I detested one of them and was unable to separate the narrator from the character being narrated. Maybe years down the road I‘ll try this again in textual form: but for that one narrator, I was really enjoying it.

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Robothugs
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This is the story of the relationship between two sisters, Lucia suffers from a mental illness and Miranda is her caretaker. The story is told from different POVs: the sisters, their partners, and some other characters. Lee does an incredible job navigating the changes in the relationships and showing that, like with any illness, everyone in the persons life is affected. I‘ve seen a lot of reviews say this and I agree: it‘s thoughtfully written.

whatshesreadingnow Great review and book! 😁 13mo
Robothugs @whatshesreadingnow Thanks! I agree, it really is a great book! 13mo
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merelybookish
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Bailing on another 2018 release. 😔
Maybe I just need to spend the year reading old stuff, because current fiction is leaving me cold.
Anyone read this and love it? Should I soldier on?

TrishB I‘m finding that a bit at the moment! 14mo
merelybookish @TrishB So maybe it's not just me? 🙂 I feel by this time last year I already had read 5 amazing new releases. This year... Not so much. 14mo
Tinapi96 This didn't thrill me, either. Everything I really loved so far this year have been sleepers. 13mo
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Robothugs
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I didn‘t get to read much this week, so I‘m hunkering down this evening to continue reading this!

monkeygirlsmama Have fun! 14mo
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Robothugs
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This caught my eye for its pretty cover but the story sold it for me. It‘s started off great and I‘m hoping that‘s a good sign for the rest of the book. #CurrentlyReading

erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your thoughts :) 14mo
Mommamanzi I love the cover! 14mo
Robothugs @Mommamanzi right?! Stopped me in my tracks at the bookstore! 14mo
ephemeralwaltz Yes!! @thereadingwomen did a great interview with the author and the books sounds like a great read. Excited to hear your thoughts :) it's gorgeous 14mo
Robothugs @ephemeralwaltz I saw! 😄 It made me even more excited to read it. 14mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This is my really big haul from Penguin Random House Canada.

So much reading must be done!!! I need to find a place to hide and just focus on reading.

AmyG Great haul! 1y
emilyhaldi Beautiful stack!! 😍 1y
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auntie_jenn
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Pickpick

thanks for the reco @BethFishReads ❤️ 4⭐️

BethFishReads 😊😊😊😊 1y
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Stellina
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I‘m just starting this book and it‘s pretty good so far. Isn‘t the cover gorgeous?

CathyJ I loved this one! 1y
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BookishBeth
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Sunday snuggles while reading a beautifully written book.

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jenpro
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Mehso-so

A little anticlimactic for my taste but not bad overall

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peacegypsy
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My novel for Friday. 😊

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jenpro
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Empathy: because the commonality among human beings is emotion, and the only way we can bridge our vast discrepancies in experience is through what we feel. Let us be humbled in the knowledge that one may never fully understand the interior lives of others-but let us continue to care.

BekahPat But let us continue to care. YES ☝️ 14mo
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BethFishReads
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A complex novel about sisters, relationships, immigration, & especially mental illness. Realistic & sympathetic portrayals and several issues to think about. I bet this would be a great book club pick. 🎧 decent audiobook with a full cast, tho Cassandra Campbell carried the bulk of the performance.

auntie_jenn was torn between this and Oliver Loving, so went with this one 😉 1y
BethFishReads @auntie_jenn I still plan on reading Oliver too. But I need a break 1y
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LeafingThroughLife
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A perfect description of a feeling that‘s hard to describe. I love the writing in this book!

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Tracylynn1177
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Pickpick

This book took my breath away. It is so elegantly written and portrays not only the beauty of sisters and family, but what it means to love and be loved despite our flaws. It is a powerful story. Truly heart-wrenching and unforgettable.