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The Republic of Love
The Republic of Love: A Novel | Carol Shields
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The Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Stone Diaries gives us a love story for the ages: the tale of two polar opposites on a rocky road to romance Hes a thrice-divorced late-night talk-show host. Shes an unmarried folklorist obsessed with mermaids. He lives for the present. She lives in the past. Both are leery of commitment. Neither has ever known lasting love. But when Tom Avery and Fay McLeod meet, its loveor at least lustat first sight. And then fate starts to throw them curveballs. Shifting between Tom and Fays storiesfrom their complicated histories through their present-day angstThe Republic of Love features delightful secondary characters in the lovers friends and families, including Fays seemingly happily married parents and her beloved godmother, Onion. As Tom and Fay forge bravely ahead into a romantic minefield, they make startling discoveries about each other and themselves. With her trademark wit and irony, and a deep compassion for her hero and heroine, Carol Shields gives us a celebration of love in all its guises.
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1. Jane Austen;
2. Sleep. I‘ve been in Clerk School all day, & working ‘til 10 or 11 each night;
3. Done;
4. I have prehensile toes?
5. 👍🏻
#friyayintro @howjessreads

Sharpeipup Prehensile? 9mo
Lcsmcat @Sharpeipup I can pick things up with them. 9mo
Susanita Opposable toes? 9mo
Lcsmcat @Susanita Not exactly. But I can grip a pencil, for example, and pick it up. 9mo
Susanita It‘s still a good trick! 9mo
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My January reads. #finale #anewchapter

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! I read Circe too. 😊 9mo
Lcsmcat @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I was pleasantly surprised by Circe. Sometimes that much hype for a book means I‘m disappointed. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Circe!! 9mo
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This isn‘t a “how can I get these two together and what obstacles can I throw in their way” novel. It‘s an exploration of what it means to love, how we as humans live with and without it, and the connection of all this to ritual and society. I love Shields‘ writing and this novel made me think.

CarolynM I read this a long time ago and liked it a lot. 10mo
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Reading in my husband‘s office at church as I wait for the final service. He has to do all three; I just sing at the last one. Shields is brilliant, as always.

Karisa Oh! That one sounds so good. Are you enjoying it? 11mo
Lcsmcat @Karisa I am. She‘s really good at character development. 11mo
Karisa Putting it on my list. Thanks! 11mo
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Oh, I'm enjoying this hugely :)
I've read two others and, truthfully, almost left this on the shelf as it's about lurve!
So glad I didn't as the writing has a flow to it that echoes the intertwining character chapters. And the female protagonist is speaking to me! The theme if love, romantic love, isn't slushy or chick -lit style but feels like something to yearn after and strive or hope for :)

Lcsmcat I ❤️ Carol Shield‘s writing! 2y
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#booktober day 26: #rereads
Other than library book sales and an occasional bookoutlet spree, I don't really buy books often. I'm more of a book borrower so that may be one reason I don't reread often. That and the fact that every time I go on Litsy I'm filled with such book envy I just keep adding to my TBR. But these are some of the books I've reread. (And reread and reread in some cases).

RealLifeReading Also is anyone up for a November challenge? 3y
Jamesmelvinmitchell I'm in for a challenge! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Great photo! I haven't been able to post everyday in October, but I really enjoyed your prompts and everyone's posts! If you're up for creating a challenge, I, for one, would love it!👌🏼 3y
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merelybookish Great selection. Tiny Beautiful Things is one of my rereads. 3y
RanaElizabeth @RealLifeReading I think the better question might be are you up for another challenge? Just coming up with options is gotta be tough! 3y
rubyslippersreads @RanaElizabeth Although I've gotten behind on this month's challenge, I'm definitely up for another one. 😺 Maybe if @RealLifeReading needs help, we could submit ideas??? 🤔 3y
RealLifeReading @PurpleyPumpkin great to hear it! 3y
RealLifeReading @merelybookish it is such a good one to reread! 3y
RealLifeReading @RanaElizabeth haha I am! @rubyslippersreads thanks for the offer! I'm good for November. Was asking to be sure before I spend the time making the graphic!! Sometimes that takes a while to get right. I would definitely be open for suggestions for future challenges! 3y
rubyslippersreads @RealLifeReading I'm looking forward to the November challenge! 😀 3y
Smangela Definitely another challenge! I love it! 3y
LeahBergen I've reread 84 Charing Cross a few times. 💗 3y
ApoptyGina69 Wonderful group of books! I've read about half and the other half are #TBR. 3y
I-read-and-eat I reread The Melancholy Death of Oysterboy about two times a year, it's so much fun 😊 3y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @RealLifeReading just let me know what the challenge is. Thank you. 3y
Karisa Golden Compass! Love that whole series. I went through serious book withdrawals at the end of those. New one last year or so helped. 😊 11mo
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