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Small Country
Small Country | Gael Faye
Already an international sensation and prize-winning bestseller in France, an evocative coming-of-age story of a young boy, a lost childhood and a shattered homeland. Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in the comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother, and little sister, Ana, is something close to paradise. These are happy, carefree days spent sneaking cigarettes and stealing mangoes, as he and his mischievous gang of friends transform their tiny cul-de-sac into their kingdom. But dark clouds are gathering over this small country - and their peaceful idyll will soon shatter when Burundi, and neighboring Rwanda, are brutally hit by war and genocide. Small Country describes an end of innocence as seen through the eyes of a young child caught in the maelstrom of history. A luminous novel of extraordinary power, it is a stirring tribute not only to a dark chapter in Africa's past, but to the bright days that preceded it.
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theshrinkette
Small Country | Gael Faye
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Oh this was so good. I don't actually know much about Rwandan and Burundi history and civil war strife but it was so illuminating to follow the main character's arc as shit falls apart around him.

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theshrinkette
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theshrinkette
Small Country | Gael Faye
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Hoping being in Chicago restores my reading mojo.

kim.guernsey yay Chicago! 2mo
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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

Some fascinating geographical and cultural detail, but the writing/translation was just subpar. Decided not to continue after the 15% mark.

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readtheworld
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I really enjoyed this short novel set in 1990s Burundi. Though its plot is set against the war and genocide in neighboring Rwanda, Small Country uses its young narrator to balance the horror and tragedy with childhood adventure.

#readtheworld #botm #bookofthemonth #readdiversely #readdiversebooks #marchreads

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readtheworld
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As soon as I got home from work, I settled in on the deck with my book. Feels like spring today!

#springreads #botm #readingoutside #novel

mrsthilkey I really enjoyed this one! 4mo
readtheworld @mrsthilkey I‘m almost done and love it! 4mo
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JamieArc
Small Country | Gael Faye
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Still drooling over my weekend #bookmail from FRANCE 🇫🇷Sent by a generous acquaintance who is teaching there. I‘m needing to brush up on my french for my upcoming trip in May. You may recognize a few titles: Small Country (Faye) and The Perfect Nanny (Slimani).

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MsLeah8417
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Appreciating this via audiobook...love my public library...#bookbudget

Gezemice Looks like a great book. And my library has it, too! I love my library as well. 5mo
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Marco66
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How does the lighthearted universe of an 11 year old, full of laughter and play, come tumbling down because of political turmoil and ethnical violence? Small country describes the 1993 and 94 terrible events in Burundi and Rwanda (a bloodshed coup and a genocide) as seen through the eyes of Gabriel. Not sure the moods of Bujumbura evoked in the book can be felt as vividly by someone who has not been there, but this is definitely worth the read.

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razmanda
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A beautiful novel written by a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1993, both autobiographical and fiction, Small Country illustrates perfectly how slow to boil a danger can be, and then suddenly the pot is spilling over. It‘s a chilling reminder, just a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and as our country slides into deeper tribalism with each passing moment. Or at least that‘s how it feels. It‘s a really hard fucking read. Read it anyway.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Stacked! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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In this little book Gabriel tells about how he was “exiled from his childhood” by the war between Hutu‘s and Tutsi‘s in his country, Burundi. A war I remember so well from the 90s but know so little about. The genocide based only on etnic differences. An impressive, sad read based on a true story.

Thanks again for choosing this book for me, @Moray_Reads , I am really glad to have read it 😘

Moray_Reads I'm so glad. The author did an amazing event at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year. It was fascinating 7mo
BarbaraBB @Moray_Reads You saw him? He seems like a really nice man. 7mo
Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB he was fascinating and extremely talented 7mo
BarbaraBB @Moray_Reads I think so too. You should read this book yourself too - or maybe you already did? 7mo
Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB I read it reality this year. I had an arc from netgalley 😊 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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ElishaLovesBooks I love this!! ♥️♥️ 7mo
robinb Wow, so great! ❤️ 7mo
Kalalalatja 🙌🙌🙌 7mo
youneverarrived ♥️ 7mo
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RealLifeReading
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Came across this at the library. Didn‘t borrow it but definitely going on my tbr list. Have you read it?

merelybookish Not yet. But it's on the Tournament of Books long list so may try to read it! 8mo
Samplergal I really liked it. 8mo
DannyOlda I enjoyed it. There were some topics I wish it touched on a bit more (e.g. race and especially privilege) but still really a compelling read and short enough to really make it worth the time. 8mo
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LaurenReads
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So short and so good. Genocide and war in less than 200 pages, it was heartbreaking. #botm

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Cadyly
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I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Some years ago, I had the privilege of meeting someone who lived through the Rwandan Genocide. I was able to hear her speak and give her a hug after the talk. So, when I heard about this book as one of my Book of the Month options, I had to pick it up.

Gael Faye speaks with a compelling voice and really has a gift for making you feel the burgeoning horror. It was moving and heartbreaking and beautiful.

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Schlinkles
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This book was small and immensely, heartbreakingly beautiful.

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Schlinkles
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This one looks small but powerful.

LiteraryHedgehog It is. Wow it‘s stuck with me. 10mo
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emilyhaldi
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Panpan

This story is so meandering and detached that I couldnt connect with any of the characters and was bored out of my skull! The writing is very simple and almost reads like YA. Perhaps I picked it up at the wrong time...
#booked2018
#diverseNF

Cinfhen So glad I skipped this!!! It was a #BOTM choice 10mo
Reviewsbylola Not to mention his one leg looks like a big dick to me. I see it every time. Am I the only one?? 10mo
Mdargusch Great cover though. 🙃 10mo
Mdargusch I can see that @Reviewsbylola 10mo
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amma-keep-reading
Small Country | Gael Faye
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Such a tragic story in beautiful prose.

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Lola
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A really nice day with lots of walking-couldn‘t wait to sink into the bath with my current read and an Aperol Spritz. #saturdaynight #bookandbath

emilyhaldi Aperol spritz for the win 10mo
Lola @emilyhaldi I love them 😍 I buy those half bottles of Prosecco and have a Rabbit Champagne sealer to keep the leftovers (in the event there are any 😉) bubbly so I‘m always Aperol Spritz ready 😛 10mo
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Bookishgal71
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Just finished this for #LMPBC #GroupQ. A journey unexpected. I knew nothing of Burundi, nor Rwanda, before this. An interesting take on what war can do to a soul. Heading your way soon @mklong

mklong I got it today. Thank you so much!! 10mo
Bookishgal71 @mklong wait! Was I supposed to send that to you? Are you sitting this round out? Sorry if I messed up... 10mo
mklong Yes, I am sitting this round out, but this one was mine from the last round. I think you have, or maybe will have soon, Jen‘s book from this round. I think you‘ll send that to her with your pick for the new round. Right ladies? @JenlovesJT47 @sweetpealsd 10mo
JenlovesJT47 @sweetpealsd @Bookishgal71 @mklong I just sent LaToya‘s book back from this last round along with my new pick for this round. She will send hers to Mindi (she usually sends to you, right?) and Mindi will send yours to me. Correct me if I‘m wrong, I have baby brain at the moment! 😩 10mo
Bookishgal71 Yes and I received the gospel singer book at the same time as Small Country, so I am quickly reading that one to send on to you, Jen. Along with it I will send my next pick. (edited) 10mo
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Sue
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I was pretty stoked to be part of the roll out for Book Riot‘s new initiative MyTBR. Answer a few questions and you‘ll be assigned a bibliologist who will tailor books recommendations just for you. These were mine - spot on for my reading life and none were on my radar. You can check it out here http://mytbr.co/friendsandfam

#getTBR #bookriot #readinglife #amreading

Beckys_Books I just finished Trail of Lightning, so good!!! 11mo
8little_paws Small country is amazing 11mo
Peddler410 I looked into it — cool concept. 11mo
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Lola I just signed up for this today! I really don‘t need another way to get books on my radar, but I couldn‘t resist 😂 11mo
Lola @8little_paws I‘m reading it now :) 11mo
8little_paws @Lola great! It was mentioned last night at roscoebooks rep night too! 11mo
Lola @8little_paws Yes! With lots of enthusiasm, too! I tried to catch your eye last night (I was sitting on your side, toward the front) but was unsuccessful :/ You also rec‘ed this to me at Read Harder via GR so I had to dive in already ;) I have the hard cover but I also downloaded the audio yesterday. Dominic Hoffman reads it and I love his voice. (edited) 11mo
8little_paws @Lola I thought I saw the back of your head 🤣 11mo
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Erin01
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just started this one & enjoying it so far - will definitely be able to finish it over lunch tomorrow (if I don't end up bringing it home tonight) 📖

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Bookishgal71
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Received these in the mail today @sweetpealsd ! So exciting! #LMPBC #groupq

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LiteraryHedgehog
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Loving my new hat and my new book. Any other #BookNerds here?!

rmaclean4 Love the hat!! 10mo
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kristenmcquinn
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Reading Small Country. I am getting gut punched repeatedly...

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Chelsie_shot
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Hoping to finish this one before I hit the 24 hr mark! #24in48 @24in48

Whimsical.Curiosity Good luck!! 12mo
Sweettartlaura You can do it!!! 12mo
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Chelsie_shot
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Halfway done! @24in48 #24in48

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Lauren.Archer
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I have heard so many good things about this book. It is small but might be mighty.

Notafraidofwords It‘s absolutely perfect 12mo
Samplergal I loved it too. 12mo
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JenlovesJT47
Small Country | Gael Faye
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As usual, I‘m sorry this is late! 😩 I‘m the worst lol. 😧 But these lovelies are on their way to @cobwebmoth for the #novelteabookclub and @sweetpealsd for the #LMPBC - Jace says happy reading everyone!

#bookmail

julesG Don't worry, Laura (@cobwebmoth) just received some coffee. She won't miss the tea for a few more days. 😝😝😝 12mo
robinb Oh he‘s growing so fast...such a cutie. 😊 12mo
AmyG He is so cute and growing so big! 12mo
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Soubhiville Jace is the cutest! 12mo
DivineDiana Thank you, Jace! Too sweet for words! ❤️ 12mo
sweetpealsd Looking forward to it! Hi, Jace💕 12mo
cobwebmoth @julesG 😂 Very true. 12mo
BookishMe He looks as adorable as ever! 😄 😄 12mo
Avanders 😍😍😍 12mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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"The war...is it because they don't have the same language?"
"No, because they don't have the same nose."

Cconnolly I also was struck by that quote when I read the book! What we fight about sounds insane when you break it down. 12mo
Lucas.Rencher I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! 😀 12mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Starting Small Country while I wait for Lucas to get home! It's a short book, but I have a feeling this one won't be a quick read.

Lucas.Rencher Damn look at those succulents 😀 12mo
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JenlovesJT47
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I‘m giving this a pick because the subject matter is worth 5 stars. The story itself and the way it is told, I would give it a 3.5. It‘s a quick read and definitely worth reading, although slow in places. Thank you for picking this @mklong !

P.S. I love this quote!

#LMPBC
#GroupQ

LoverofLit ❤📖❤📖 12mo
Crystalblu Such a great sentiment! 12mo
mklong So glad you liked it! 12mo
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Jnnlb
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Gael Faye‘s book is sad, poignant, heartbreaking at times and a reminder to so many of us of how grateful and luck we really are. See my full review at thejwordpress.wordpress.com
#Netgalley #SmallCountry

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Amandajoy
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I 💜 this! 🤓📚

Blair_Reads Omg great passage! Books totally change us! Love! 12mo
ElenaBaer @Kenziequinn97 this is sooo true !! 12mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Small Country is a small book that is quite emotional. 4 🌟

MayginReads Ooh, pretty picture! 12mo
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lauralovesbooks1
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10 year old Gabriel is growing up in Burundi, the child of a French father and Rwandan mother. As conflict increases in his country and in Rwanda, the impact of war and genocide become the reality of his daily life. Beautiful novel about a horrifying reality. Faye is a talented writer.

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JenReadsAlot
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Reading with my girls on this way too hot for me afternoon! #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn So pretty! ❤️🐱❤️🐱 13mo
tammy_sue Sweeties ❤️❤️ 13mo
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LauraJ They have such pretty faces 💕 13mo
DivineDiana Love! 😻 13mo
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JenlovesJT47
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I received the next selection for the #LMPBC from @mklong (along with my pick for the last round). Thank you, can‘t wait to read it! 🤗💚

#bookmail
#GroupQ

Cathythoughts Great covers ! Especially Small Country 13mo
mklong Glad they made it before your move! 13mo
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crazyspine
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Check out my reading view from last week on the Bahamas. I can understand why Small Country is already a hit in France. I love books that are both well-written but teach me about something I'm not familiar with. I knew of the Rawandan genocide but was not familiar with it's affects on Burundi. *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

tjwill I‘m looking forward to reading this book too. 13mo
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DGRachel
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Bailedbailed

I feel like a monster, but at 72 pages I‘m calling it. #unpopularopinion Maybe it‘s a case of bad timing, as the writing isn‘t bad. It has a decent flow, but it has to be the slowest of slow starts. I find that I do not care what happens to the MC or any of those around him and I‘m finding excuses to do anything but read. Even #Bailey is bored. #DogsofLitsy

Samplergal Try again another time. I liked it a lot. 13mo
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Samplergal
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It broke my heart quite a bit, but a good book nonetheless. #dogsofLitsy. Chula is such a sweet dog. #13booksin13weeks. 2/13

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the review! This one‘s on my shelf. And your Chula is lovely. One of our friends had a sweet dog named Chula also. 🐶❤️ 13mo
JoScho Chula looks super sweet ❤️ 13mo
Samplergal @BarbaraTheBibliophage This book is so sad in places and yet so uplifting in others. If you‘d like me to send it your way I‘d be happy to. 13mo
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Samplergal @JoScho She is. Love these dogs to the death. 13mo
wanderlustforwords Awww! Doggy happy, book sad. 😁😭 13mo
ladym30 Chula is adorable! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Samplergal Oh you‘re so sweet. It‘s on my physical shelf, not just virtual. So I‘m all good. But you‘re a dear to offer! 13mo
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Samplergal
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1. Most of Anne Tyler‘s female characters. We folk from Baltimore have our quirkiness. 2. I‘ve bought six Book Beaus. 😳. 3. Small Country. Quite a good book. #TripleThreatThursday.

MelAnn Love your obsession! Thanks for playing along! 13mo
Samplergal @MelAnn Hubs not so much. 13mo
minkyb I adore Ann Tyler. 😁 13mo
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Samplergal @minkyb me too. She and I used to be kinda neighbors in Bmore. About once every six months we ran into each other walking. And once at the gas station. Of course, I didn‘t speak for fear I‘d be totally ridiculous. 13mo
Lovesbooks87 I have a book beaus obsession too. I have three and have 6 on pre-order! 13mo
megt I just got a new Book Beau in the mail today! Now I‘m just waiting on my recent preorder to ship. 13mo
UwannaPublishme I just love Anne Tyler too. And so cool that you rubbed elbows with her in your neighborhood. I sent her a letter years back and she actually wrote back! Maybe you, me and @minkyb need to start an AT Fan Club. 🙌🏻 Can't wait for Clock Dance. 13mo
Samplergal @Lovesbooks87 I‘m telling hubs! Lol. He thinks I don‘t need more than one. Ridiculous I know. 13mo
Samplergal @UwannaPublishme Yeah... she looks just like the rest of us pumping ⛽️ gas. Lol. I also have bumped into John waters at that same gas station. 13mo
Samplergal @UwannaPublishme oh. Sounds good. At least a read along? 13mo
minkyb I would be a proud member of that club @UwannaPublishme 😁 13mo
UwannaPublishme Never pictured my favorite author pumping gas this now. 😂😂😂 13mo
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dpbedford1
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Theirs are interchangeable spirits, floating voices, erratic heartbeats. In the ashen hours of night, individuals disappear and all that remains is the country talking to itself.

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Samplergal
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Headed to Key West for the week and this is my #13in13weeks read for the week. #2

hwestfall I just added this to my to read list. I will be interested in your thoughts when you finish 😊 13mo
Samplergal @hwestfall I‘m really enjoying it. I wish I could just sit and finish it. It‘s not what I thought I was getting, which was a horror story about ethnic cleansing in Rwanda. Maybe I haven‘t gotten to that yet. 🙁 13mo
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Notafraidofwords
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I‘m not sure how to review this one, because it‘s so impossibly beautiful and heartbreaking. This book is about a boy named Gaby and his family living in Burundi in the 90s. His peaceful existence shatters when war and genocide hit their town. What I appreciated the most about this novel is how Gaby fiercely protects his childhood and peace. Why do we seek to shatter other people & in the process teach our kids how to turn fear into violence?

Notafraidofwords @saresmoore have you read this one ? It not should I send it your way. I have feeling this one you‘ll appreciate. (edited) 13mo
saresmoore I haven‘t read it, but I‘m sure you‘re right that I‘ll appreciate it! It sounds intense & beautiful. 13mo
Tanisha_A This one sounds right up my street. Thanks for sharing! 13mo
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore emailing you now to get your P.O. or address. So, I could ship it this week 😃. 13mo
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StellarDoc
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Trying to read before bed, but #Ash has once again commandeered my book. #CatsOfLitsy

dgingo Beautiful picture of him! Those eyes! 12mo
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Austink1
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“Of course a book can change you. It can even change your life. It‘s like falling in love. And you never know when such an encounter might happen. You should beware of books, they‘re sleeping genies.”

Samplergal I am reading that next out of my TBR pile. Finishing up The Broken Girls first. 13mo
Austink1 Heartbreaking! 💔 13mo
Samplergal I just now finished. Heartbreaking story. 13mo
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TamAnder
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Loved this one. Forcing it on friends (..and a few strangers who became friends over random book talk) as a must read.

TamAnder @Samplergal I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did. Not a light one, but a lasting character and story. 13mo
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