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Ordinary People
Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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‘Everyone, at some point in their lives, is faced with this window... You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It’s your last chance, and most people miss it. They just walk past it. Then one day it closes, and once it’s closed it’s closed forever.’ Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her. Damian has lost his father and intends not to let it get to him. Michael is still in love with Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Stephanie just wants to live a normal, happy life on the commuter belt with Damian and their three children but his bereavement is getting in the way. Or is it something else, or someone else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Set in London against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and addictive soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.
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jhod
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#womensprize shortlist readings in Cadogan Hall

Lovely people and talented writers! All extraordinary!

And the woman who read Milkman (and who did the audiobook) was incredible!
#womensprize2019

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Bookbroad
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Mehso-so

Read this after Women‘s Prize for Fiction nominees: Sally Rooney & Oyinkan Braithwaite, so had high hopes. I enjoyed the soundtrack weaved in and thought it tackled grief and the underwhelming realities of adult life well. However, I agree with others that it was rather mundane. Stephanie felt underdeveloped and I was disappointed that Melissa‘s breakdown was glossed over, it felt like a missed opportunity to tell a more interesting narrative.

Peaslady I loved Sally Rooney's Normal People. Have you read that? Didn't think Conversations with Friends was as good. 1w
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andrew61
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So lawn mowed and thought id grab a short window to carry on with another women's prize book and do a review (see next post). Im halfway through this book which is compelling but very uncomfortable in it's portrayal of a marriage falling apart. Not a barrel of laughs but i am definitely hooked.

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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Two couples face change & conflict in their marriages. Loved the immersive story, vivid London setting & humour (though it‘s quite sad overall). Lyrical writing & observations of marriage & parenthood painfully accurate. But I also grew frustrated w the characters & found the descriptions of London & music references a bit overdone. Mixed feelings but a pick overall: the experiences of the Caribbean-British in London is vividly brought to life.

saresmoore What a beautiful cover! 1mo
Abailliekaras @saresmoore I must confess, I bought it for the cover! ;) nice to see it getting some attention thanks to the Women‘s Prize shortlisting, which prompted me to read it finally. 1mo
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bedandabook
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Borrowed this young Yorkie for a park audiowalk in the sunshine today, and I am absolutely loving this book. It‘s a heartbreakingly true portrayal of the breakdown of an ordinary relationship. Sad, poignant but devastatingly accurate.

Tanisha_A Your baby is so adorable! 1mo
Tanisha_A *borrowed 1mo
JillR I just bought this despite having seen no reviews so far, so thank you, glad it‘s a good one! 😊 1mo
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bedandabook @Tanisha_A Thank you! she‘s a rescue from a puppy farm, such an amazingly sweet temperament. 1mo
bedandabook It really is good, @JillR, although a quite depressing read. Very true to life. Hope you enjoy it 😊 1mo
Tamra Ohhh, can you adopt? 1mo
bedandabook I wish I could @Tamra, but she actually belongs to my elderly neighbour. We‘d love a dog but we have a 21 year old cat, and it wouldn‘t be fair on him. He deserves a peaceful old age! 1mo
Tamra @bedandabook I get it! 1mo
Megabooks Very cute! 1mo
bedandabook Thank you, @Megabooks! She has no idea of her cuteness 😉 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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Mehso-so

A book about relationships when they‘re at that crucial point where they either break or continue forever. The two couples in this book have been together for more than 10 yrs and everyday life with kids have taken over.

I never connected with the characters. I finished to know what happened, but I wasn‘t rooting for the couples to star together or split up.

This is on the shortlist for Women‘s Prize for Fiction, and I hope this doesn‘t win.

Cinfhen The cover is stunning!!!! 1mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen it really is 😊 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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My next read.

JennyM Curious to hear your thoughts. This one has started to get quite a bit of attention 1mo
Cathythoughts Me too @JennyM I‘m wondering about it 👍🏻 1mo
Nute Hearing very good comments on Booktube about this book. 1mo
AnneCecilie @JennyM @Cathythoughts @Nute I‘ve also heard great things about this book on Booktube. I haven‘t quite made up my mind yet. I‘ve 100p left, and I‘m not convinced yet. I hope something happens towards the end that changes that. 1mo
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KarenUK
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#womensprize shortlist ..... I‘m really sad not to see Sally Rooney on the shortlist 😕 I loved Normal People! But it‘s an interesting list as always...
Only read American Marriage so far, but will be trying to catch up on the rest.... 📚👍

Megabooks It‘s a great list! 2mo
Kalalalatja Not a fan of Milkman or Circe, but loved American Mariage, and want to the read the other three 📚 2mo
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charl08
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Well, I wasn't expecting that.

#womensprize #shortlist

batsy Me too! 2mo
youneverarrived Me either 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
RidgewayGirl It‘s certainly the first time that they chose mostly books I‘ve already read! 2mo
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charl08 @batsy I never guess it. @youneverarrived 😫 2mo
charl08 @ridgewaygirl one year I'm going to get past 3 books (without reading all of them) 2mo
thebluestocking I was surprised too! I‘ve read and liked four of these. (I haven‘t read Ordinary People or Silence.) 1mo
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BrownGirlReading
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Panpan

Women‘s Prize Longlisted Novel about 2 couples of color going through difficulty in their marriages living in London. Seton conjunction with Obama‘s election as president. Sadly this book doesn‘t work at all. It‘s hard to follow the places mentioned. Only Londoners or people who know London well will be able to relate. The book seemed to be all over the place and was often boring in places. Evans did not do what she wanted too.Don‘t recommend.

BellaBookNook Beautiful cover. Too bad the book wasn‘t good. 2mo
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook I know right, huh?! 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2mo
KristenDuck Seems like the majority opinion is this book is a no-go. Shame. 2mo
BrownGirlReading @KristenDuck yep this is my read from Diana Evans and I‘ll never read another thing from her. 2mo
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Abailliekaras
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Early night for me ahead of Anzac Day dawn service, with this book - what a gorgeous cover! 📖😴

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

#womensprize2019 Evans does a great job of capturing the discontent that often arises during that period in a couple‘s relationship when they have young children and their careers are starting to pick up. It‘s a challenging time, especially for women who have the added burden of being the ‘perfect‘ mom. Unfortunately, the book is bogged down by some superfluous plot lines and the writing is often of the telling variety and overly wordy. 3⭐️

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BookishTrish
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youneverarrived
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Mehso-so

A pretty bleak portrait of unhappy lives & relationships/marriages. If you like plot based books then this might not be for you as it‘s really character based. I very much liked the first half of the book but then it just got a bit samey and a little bit dull, unfortunately. I appreciate that it‘s true to life and I think a lot of people could relate to the feelings of loneliness in marriage,👇

youneverarrived being a parent & losing your sense of self etc. & there was a few poignant scenes and sentences but the latter half let it down for me. I think it could have been shorter. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize 3mo
merelybookish Great review! It sounds a bit close to home 😬 but I'm still intrigued to read it. 3mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review! I did love it myself- but I take your points 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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youneverarrived @merelybookish thanks! I look forward to seeing what you think of it. 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks 😊 I can see why you loved it. I was really into it at the beginning but it went on a bit too long for me. 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Katie ... my mind was elsewhere this morning 🤦🏻‍♀️... I didn‘t read this one ... I was thinking of Normal People- Sally Rooney ( not Ordinary People ) uh oh 😬. Apologies 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts 😂 easy done. Similar titles! I loved Normal People 💚 3mo
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BookishClaire
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Great to see Diana Evans‘ ORDINARY PEOPLE on the Women‘s Prize shortlist — fantastic book deserving of way more attention than it‘s had, especially on this side of the pond!

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amyf0x
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Mehso-so

A realistic but rather disheartening story that delves into the mundanities and difficulties of two long-term relationships.

Read December 17-22
Book 51/51

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Abailliekaras
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My books from London have arrived and now I have to go on a book buying ban. 📚📚😂

britt_brooke Loved Calypso! 9mo
Abailliekaras @britt_brooke that‘s good to hear! We might do it for the podcast. 😊 9mo
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mrozzz
Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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This is my most recent “will-I-won‘t-I” Strand book stack.
I ended up walking away with just 4 but carried around all 8 for at least 2 hours 😁 #SHOWME

Purchased:
📚Ordinary People by Diana Evans
📚Housegirl by Michael Donkor
📚Graffiti Place by A. G. Lombardo
📚Devil‘s Mile by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

If you‘ve read one of the ones I DID NOT get and LOVED it, definitely tell me and I‘ll have to make a return trip. 🤓

Bamazin Vox is good but it made me soo mad I had to keep putting it down and kept giving the men in my life a side eye for existing 9mo
mrozzz I‘m pretty sure I‘ll have the same reaction! @Bamazin I really want to read it but maybe after a few more less anger-inducing books 9mo
Megabooks I really enjoyed Vox as well. Don‘t let anger keep you from reading it. 9mo
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Billypar I always have a working stack that is constantly changing/growing. And it always ends up in some kind of agonizing sacrifice. 9mo
Zelma I haven‘t read any of the other except Vox. I am a bit of a naysayer and think this is one to borrow, not buy. It was ok - great concept but weak characters and rushed ending. 9mo
mrozzz That‘s what I was thinking too after I read a few so-so reviews, but the Strand had it at a good price... will check the library in a couple weeks! @Zelma 9mo
mrozzz Oh, no I‘ll DEFINITELY read it. @Megabooks 😄 May just wait awhile if I‘m going to purchase it. Maybe as a paperback... 9mo
mrozzz @Billypar Yes... luckily my friend was with me and he made the hard decision for me. Why does it always feel like killing your darlings when leaving wanted books behind at the store?? 9mo
readordierachel Ooh, that Adrienne Rich sounds good. You should go back for it 😈 9mo
mrozzz I agree!! It was hard to let that one go! @readordierachel 9mo
MicheleinPhilly I have not read any of these but several are on my “I want” list! Also you put books back??? Tell me your secret. 😉 Thanks for entering! 9mo
mrozzz Lol the secret is: “don‘t shop alone” 😂 I had my friend make the hard decision and rationalizations @MicheleinPhilly Thanks for the opportunity to win! 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Bailedbailed

Second book this week that didn‘t live up to its cover for me. Some vivid descriptions and moments of clear truth of everyday life. But, overall, for me, too much ordinary here. I wanted a more powerful plot or active showing. The number of adjectives in this volume is sky high. #netgalley

BeckyMerilatt I‘m about to bail on this one too! It feels too much like a lesser Zadie Smith novel. I‘m so weirdly disappointed. 8mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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YASSSSS! Got a #netgalley wish today!!! I‘ve seen so much buzz about this one. Really excited to get this grab #ARCbrag #humblenothumble

minkyb Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 11mo
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charl08
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Gorgeous cover...

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Abailliekaras
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When you buy a book purely based on the cover. 😍

JennyM I completely support your decision - beautiful cover 😘 (edited) 11mo
Abailliekaras @jennym thank you! 😉 Suzanne Dean at vintage is a clever lady. 11mo
Eyelit I don‘t blame you - that cover is excellent! 11mo
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Bookalong
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It is a story about love/relationships. Two couples struggling with their married lives. Set in London post Obama's win in 2008.Themes of politics, race, parenthood, sex, greif, wanting more of life. It showed that marriage is never just easy, it evolves over time. I did find the book a bit too long, at times over descriptive.Most readers who have been in a longterm relationship will feel the familiarities of these characters stuggles. 🌟🌟🌟/5

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ablachly
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Painfully true. #parenting

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ablachly
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Reading on a cramped late night plane

GingerAntics This seems to be a different book than the one I read by this title. That‘s confusing. Is it good? 12mo
ablachly @GingerAntics so far, yes! It doesn‘t come out in the US till September (this is an advance copy) but I think it was already released in the U.K. 12mo
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ablachly
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Delayed flights and storms and fun times, but at least I have a book or 12 to occupy me as I try to get home from #alaac18

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mrozzz
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GUYSSSS #BookCon is exhausting & overwhelming but I‘m so happy to have met and hung out with so many Littens! Last year I came alone and enjoyed myself but this year has been so special.

#BookHaul to come 🤓

MrBook 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 13mo
Cinfhen Soooooo fun!!!!! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It looks like so much fun! I‘m a bit jealous, but loving all the posts. 13mo
mrozzz @Cinfhen @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes!!! I hope we get even MORE Littens to come next year 😄 12mo
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