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Umami
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Deep in mourning, twelve-year-old Ana and her neighbors would like nothing more than to turn time around. Theres Anas best friends mum, who fled, leaving behind a letter her dad refuses to share. Theres Anas own mother, in shock since her youngest daughter entered a lake and failed to return. Theres the painter, a manic depressive and compulsive liar, who neither eats nor paints but invents colors with words. And theres the landlord, a widower and food anthropologist Ana greatly admires, who tries to communicate with his dead wife through a black box of his own devising. While Ana stirs the soil and spreads the seeds in the courtyards garden, her eccentric neighbors rummage in their pasts -- their lives bound together by family and culture. Darkly comic and dizzyingly inventive, Jufresa deftly weaves together a unique vision of contemporary Mexico which is as entertaining as it is compelling and heart-wrenching.
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Bindrosbookshelf
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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I may have found a cheap bookstore...

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Cinfhen
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#WanderingJune This book has been sitting on my shelf for too long. When a friend mentioned her daughter wanted to read it I gifted it to her... but not before taking a photo 😊🥳😂 This story is set #DowninMexico

TrishB You never know when the photos are needed! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous pic! 5mo
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Matilda
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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🎉📚🎉 It‘s heeeeeere! If you were waiting for or just want to find a way to push your reading in 2019 here is Book Riot‘s Read Harder challenge: https://bookriot.com/2018/12/12/2019-read-harder-challenge/

Purrsistently YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! 12mo
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mhillis
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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I loved getting to know the people living in Belldrop Mews but Alfonso was my favorite character. I‘m glad I stuck with this one. #womenintranslation #mexico

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mhillis
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover!!! 1y
vkois88 Sounds interesting! 1y
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Weaponxgirl
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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I was super excited to see this book by a Mexican author translated from Spanish on scribd. I really wanted to read this when it first came out but couldn't get my hands on it cheaply. #scribdpicks #womenintranslation #womenintranslationonscribd @mhillis

mhillis That cover😍 1y
rmaclean4 I am loving Scribd! 1y
Weaponxgirl @rmaclean4 me too! I've found it best though when I know what I'm looking for why I thought I'd start sharing what I find. 1y
rmaclean4 @Weaponxgirl that is great! 1y
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April2
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The car is my new favourite place to read 💗

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SoniaC
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Pickpick

Just finished this beautiful and uniquely written book. I want to know so much more about these intriguing characters. The writing was lovely and it‘s really unique storytelling. Wish there was more. So satisfying but so many questions.

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kindergartenkat
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Just finished The Obelisk Gate. Switching to Umami now 😁 #ATB #24in48 @Erin7

Erin7 Happy Reading! I‘m not familiar with this one. 2y
AceOnRoam Nice going 👏👏 2y
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kindergartenkat
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My library haul that I am hoping to make a dent in this weekend with #ATB #24in48

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Curvybookgirl
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings about this one. Took a long time to read and no real outcome.

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant Also, a few days ago, I asked everyone who was willing to follow back newer users to comment on a post. If you're interested, about 240 people have so far. To find the post, you can either scroll down my page, or use the magnifying glass icon, then select tags, then type: DirectUsersToThisTagButDontPostOrCommentWithIt ...Let me know if you decide to try it, because I'm excited to know if my idea is going to work. :) 2y
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SoniaC
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Enjoying this lovely book and some very tasty Chinese food.

tammysue Looks yummy! 😋 2y
SoniaC @whatshesreadingnow I was really craving it. 2y
ephemeralwaltz Yummy!!!! 2y
tammysue Now I am!! 2y
sudi I love the cover of that book 😍 and now i will order myself some chinese food 😄😋 2y
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Cinfhen
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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My lovely friend @Jess7 requested to see some of my #CoverLover books 💚Here are three beauties from my TBR shelf... #ReadingResolutions

Jess7 Beautiful!!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 2y
Christine11 I have that cover of The Good People too - it‘s so gorgeous! 😊 2y
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Lacythebookworm I like that cover of Three Daughters of Eve better than the one I have. 💕 2y
Kalalalatja Lovely covers! 😍😍 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Kalalalatja ❤️and I definitely bought Three Daughters of Eve because of the cover @Lacythebookworm 😉 2y
ephemeralwaltz I feel in love with The Good People at the bookstore when I first saw it!😍😍 2y
Reviewsbylola They‘re all gorgeous!! 2y
Cinfhen I know @ephemeralwaltz it's delicate, intricate and shiny 💛💛💛 I'm a sucker for a pretty cover @Reviewsbylola because the tag book is pretty awful...I can't get into the story but the cover is lovely 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! 💛💚 2y
Cinfhen I like pretty covers especially if they have flowers or shiny metallic foil! I'm like a three year old @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘😘😘 2y
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cajunsyd
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Making my way through the bingo challenge! My current read, Umami, was first chosen for its beautiful cover. #LitsyReadingChallenge2017

Cinfhen It's been on my shelf for months....how is it?!? 2y
Ms_T Great progress there! 2y
cajunsyd @Cinfhen I am enjoying it so far, still getting introduced to the characters. 2y
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cajunsyd @Ms_T thank you, I only just found the bingo challenge but I was able to use most of the books that I have read so far this year. Still have a little way to go, any recommendations are welcome for the remaining themes! 2y
SauerPatch Such a great, diverse card! And you‘re making great progress too! 😃 2y
cajunsyd @SauerPatch thank you! I need to update it, I have another one finished! 2y
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cajunsyd
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My next book takes me to Mexico City into the world of a 12 year old girl who grows a garden while grappling with some of life‘s hardships. I can‘t wait to get started! The cover was so beautiful and I love the name of the book so I bought it! I have a serious book problem...

Tamra Arresting cover! 2y
cajunsyd @Tamra isn‘t it? 2y
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StephanieY
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The "quietly devastating" description of this book is spot on:
"I should have used her name so much more... I threw away thousands, millions of chances to savor it in my mouth. When I spoke about her I would say 'my wife.' When I called her I said 'love.' When I messaged her I wouldn't even greet her. I wrote pithily, as if we were immortal: 'You home for lunch?'"

valeriegeary 💔 2y
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StephanieY
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Is there anything better than starting a new book on a 3-day weekend? Got this (translated) beauty from The Booksmith in SF. #translation #booksmith

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Canadian.Reads
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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A wonderfully told story set in the heart of Mexico City over five years by four different voices. Written by Mexican-born Jufresa, and translated into English this was a great book to read for women in translation month. While the primary theme is loss, it is written with humour and great talent for words and storytelling. I promise you will know what the heck umami is after reading this, and you will be inspired to grow a milpa!🌱🌱

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Canadian.Reads
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Really enjoying this one so far... I'm late on women in translation month, but what odds! The characters in the compound all have their houses named after tastes on your tongue. Sweet, bitter, sour, salty and the indescribable umami. Which I still am struggling to comprehend. Imagine living in a house called sour. Ha.

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Cinfhen
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mcipher I love the cover of Umami! 2y
Mdargusch Yes, great cover on Umami! 2y
Reviewsbylola I know that I read Wind years ago. Agree that the Umami cover is fantastic. 2y
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Cinfhen I totally bought Umami for the cover @mcipher @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola it's really vibrant in REAL LIFE 😍 2y
Cathythoughts Loved shadow of the wind. Great characters 🙏 2y
Billypar I don't know Jufresa, but Umami sounds great! 2y
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MEGR
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Mehso-so

Has anyone read this book in its original language (Spanish)? This book had enough interesting and insightful perspectives that it I kept reading, but overall it was a confusing book. I'm not sure if it is the translation or the overall writing style that made it seem like nonsense at times. It was set in Mexico, but the characters weren't stereotypical in any way, which I liked. I'd love to hear from anyone who has read it in Spanish!

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Ellen_C
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Beautiful novel about loss, grief and craving; and 5 narrators, each responsible for a year (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000). Jufresa lets us know right away that a 5 year old has died, as has a middle aged woman, that someone's mother ran away but came back, and that another character is struggling with an eating disorder. All of these people's lives intersect at Belldrop Mews, where they live. https://cannonballread.com/2017/08/constant-craving/

Ellen_C PS -- it's Women In Translation month! Good choice if you care to participate. 2y
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Bundoolin
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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June reads 📚 I apologize for the inactivity lately, I just finished a week at music camp and now I'm leaving for Europe tomorrow! #travel

Bookladylinda Have fun!!! 2y
Buddys_Momma That sounds great!! Have a safe trip👍🏽✈️ 2y
dastevensish Have a wonderful trip!!! 2y
minkyb Enjoy! 2y
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Bundoolin
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Took me a little bit to understand what was going on, but after that it was really good. A story about different characters who are all neighbors dealing with different types of grief. Interesting, funny, and heartwarming.

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Bundoolin
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Good morning ☀️ gonna finish this one today over coffee

LauraBrook Yay, Stone Creek! I wish there was one close to my house. 2y
Bundoolin @LauraBrook the rosemary honey latte is so good! I live just down the street so I'm lucky 😅 2y
LauraBrook Ooh, you are lucky. And that sounds really good, I'll have to hunt one down over the weekend. Enjoy! ☕️ 2y
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Bundoolin
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Reading books where the main characters are children is often a wake up call. She's so blunt! #afternoonreads

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Bundoolin
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Early morning reading in bed. I have to finish the books from the library before I leave for Europe!

Libby1 Where are you going in Europe? Hello from Northern Ireland! 2y
Nat_Reads Oooh exciting! Where in Europe are you going? 2y
Bundoolin @Libby1 @Nat_Reads thanks! I'm going to Prague for a wedding and we are also spending time in Germany and Paris 😁😁 2y
Nat_Reads How wonderful!! Safe and exciting travels to you! 2y
Libby1 Yippee! Have fun. 2y
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Bundoolin
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Some quality classical music humor early in the morning 👌😁🎻 #morningreads

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Bundoolin
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Starting this one today. I'm in love with the cover ❤️❤️ #summerreading

batsy I've had my eye on this but wasn't sure. Look forward to your thoughts. 2y
EvieBee 😍😍😍 2y
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Bundoolin
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Picked these ones up from the library today. Which should I read first and what did you guys think?

Notafraidofwords Oh god. I love Evans. Those stories are awesome. But I read Yapa's book and loved it. (edited) 3y
Mixedreader Awesome list! 2y
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Cinfhen
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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I can not be trusted anywhere near a bookstore?Nor can I be trusted when I hear about a "deal"???it's all good...got these 4 books and the tote for under $24.00 #HappyDance ??

KarenUK I hear My name is Leon is excellent 3y
Cinfhen I'll let you know 😍 @KarenUK 3y
minkyb Well, the free tote probably pushed you over the edge! 😜 3y
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Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣🤣🤣am I that obvious?!? @minkyb 3y
Soubhiville Those are all books I'd like to read 😊 3y
emilyhaldi Lol, we are here to support you 🤗 3y
TrishB I have The Raven Boys ready on my tbr! 3y
Reviewsbylola Dumplin is really good. Pretty covers! 3y
Kalalalatja Great haul! Looking forward to see what you think of them 👍 3y
Cinfhen @TrishB another buddy read at some point???? 😘😘😘 3y
Cinfhen @Soubhiville I'll keep you posted..... 3y
TrishB Absolutely 💝 shout out when ready! 3y
DebinHawaii Looks like a necessary purchase to me--the free tote bag sells it! 📚👍👍 3y
Cinfhen Glad you share the same shopping sense as me 🤑 @DebinHawaii 3y
kspenmoll Great deal- how could you pass it up?! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks 🙏🏻 even my hubby was somewhat impressed @kspenmoll 3y
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Robothugs
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MicheleinPhilly
Umami | Laia Jufresa
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#MayBookShowers One from Mount TBR. I'm pretty sure I added this one based on the cover alone.

MicheleinPhilly #MayBookFlowers Duh, Michele. I blame the fact that it's pouring. 3y
Sace Excellent decision. And I say that based on the cover alone. I haven't read it, but wow the cover is pretty! 3y
Reviewsbylola Yup, I can see why! Gorgeous cover. 3y
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Mike_W
Umami | Laia Jufresa
Mehso-so

Of the novel's many narrators, I most enjoyed the thoughts of the retired professor, a widower whose narration mostly related to his deceased wife and the time they had spent together. His musings on time, love and purpose were at times quite profound. A good novel for pondering some of life's important questions, but the lack of differentiation between its several voices felt like a significant weakness.

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kspenmoll
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#MarchintoReading #startswithU @RealLifeReading This is in my TBR & part of my LitsyAtoZ challenge. Love the vivid colors of the book jacket❤📚

Cinfhen Love this cover ❤️ 3y
Lacythebookworm I picked up a copy of this over the weekend! 3y
Lakesidemusing Pretty cover! 3y
kspenmoll @Cinfhen @Lakesidemusing. ❤❤ yes, I think I should frame it! @Lacythebookworm It's in my TBR for this month & my Letter U for LitsyAtoZ challenge📚😃 3y
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Robothugs
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Today's #bookhaul 😊 None of them were on my TBR, but they all look so good - I couldn't resist!

Zelma Mosquitoland is odd but really interesting. Definitely made me want to read the author's next book. 3y
Robothugs @Zelma Good to know! That's the main reason I got it, it looked pretty interesting. 3y
Suet624 I liked Mosquitoland too. Was pleasantly surprised by it. 3y
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Mixedreader
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Bailedbailed

I think this book has an interesting perspective and I appreciate the shifting voices. But it may be one I have to come back to.

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kspenmoll
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RealLifeReading Oh! Somehow I've missed out on even knowing about the book Umami! Adding it! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Like its title, this book is savory. Starting with a story of a girl who decides to plant a milpa to help her deal with the recent death of her younger sister, it flows into other stories of grief, from relationships, to childhood, & regret. Yet it does so with kind humor. Jufresa paints beautiful, unique characters while exploring grief, a thread that binds us all, & uses it to examine community building & life in contemporary Mexico City. 🏠🌵

Matilda Yes! I want more from her. 3y
Zelma I am in love with the colors and artwork on the cover. 😍 3y
epeolatrist The cover is so beautiful ❤️ 3y
jveezer I love everything about this book without having read it: literature in translation (I seem to remember), a woman author, beautiful design for a trade. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Starting a new book for #Diverseathon with a late-night snack because it's been a long day. Really looking forward to Umami! You can't really tell from the Kindle version but the cover is striking. It centers around a drowning that takes place in Mexico City. It's also blurbed by Valeria Luiselli, so that's good enough for me. 📖🍫

#bookandyourfavesnack #readjanuary

LeahBergen Yes, this cover IS amazing in colour! 3y
Misanthropester I enjoyed this quite a bit. tone of the prose was really pleasing 3y
Matilda I loved this one. Should have been more known last year. 3y
Theresa I bought this book because of the beautiful cover! 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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We love books in translation! Here are just a few of our favorites, old and new. What are your favorites?

Dragon I liked the trilogy starting with 3y
WordWaller ❤❤❤ 3y
mrsthilkey I'm on the second Elena Ferrante book, they are so good. The Count of Monte Cristo is amazing. I plan on finally reading One Hundred Years of Solitude this year. 3y
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EclecticReaders One of the favorites of our books last year was a translation: 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @Dragon one of my favorite series! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @mrsthilkey The ladies here LOVE the Ferrante books! (edited) 3y
Lindy I've been saving The Three Body Problem for my 13-hour flight back to Canada. Looking forward to starting it later today. 😀✈️ 3y
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RebeccaH
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I really enjoyed this! It takes a look at family, friendship, and loss, and also at food. I enjoyed my time with these characters -- they are memorable, well-developed, troubled, interesting.

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Mel
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RebeccaH
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Giving this one a try.

Matilda One of my favorites reads of 2016. I hope more of her future work gets translated. 3y
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Matilda
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Lupita.Reads
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My heart has such a soft spot for Mexican Literature. If you've read Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli and Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue, you'll definitely want to add this charming novel to your list. Loss and grief weave their way through different narratives in this tale of neighbors that have more in common than they realize. Warning: make sure you are fully present when reading this. The shifting narrative can get confusing.

merelybookish I loved The Story of my Teeth! 3y
vivastory Loved "Story of My Teeth" & "Sudden Death" is on TBR. Adding this one too. Thanks! 3y
Lindy @merelybookish @vivastory I really liked Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd but I bailed on The Story of My Teeth. It was a case of being in the wrong state of mind, so I plan to go back to it sometime. 3y
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Lacythebookworm Thanks for the rec! Loved The Story of My Teeth! 3y
vivastory @Lindy I would give it another chance. I really enjoyed it. 3y
charl08 Added. Thanks! Loved The Story of My Teeth. 3y
Lupita.Reads @merelybookish it was one of my favorites last year! 3y
Lupita.Reads @vivastory no problem! Happy to share great reads :) 3y
Lupita.Reads @Lindy I'll have to check out Faces in the Crowd! I almost bailed on Umami for the same reason. I had to shake myself and focus LOL it really is a good read! 3y
Lupita.Reads @Lacythebookworm Yay! ❤️📚 3y
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Misanthropester
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"She has coined the color redsentful."

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Misanthropester
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Looking forward to getting into this over the next couple of days!

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Matilda
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Snack and book break.

angel I'm reading this one soon! Just got approved for it 😁 4y
Matilda @angel so far so good :) 4y
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