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BOTTLED GOODS.
BOTTLED GOODS. | SOPHIE. VAN LLEWYN
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BarbaraBB
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Alina lives in Romania under the communist regime of Ceaucescu. The secret service is everywhere, privacy a thing of the past. Alina and her husband make plans to leave the country. This little, flash fiction book mixes harsh reality with magical realism. The result is... unexpected, to say the least!

Great read, thanks for sending me this one Jessie 💕

Tamra Ummmm, looks like you are reading and driving. 😜 5d
marleed And in a Mini Cooper! 5d
BarbaraBB @Tamra @marleed I parked the Mini Cooper just to take the picture 🤓 5d
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marleed I have a Mini, as well! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m glad you find it a great read. 💕 4d
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BarbaraBB
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Thank you so much Jessie, for sending me this book, that I have been eyeing since the many intriguing reviews it get. It was such a surprise, nothing is better than unexpected bookmail. Thank you again, I am very grateful for your friendship from across the world ❤️😘

batsy Lovely 💕 2w
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s one super quick delivery! Hope you‘ll enjoy it. 💕 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll read it soon! You‘re too kind 💕 2w
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charl08
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I really like how the author twists the 'traditional' in format and presentation.

youneverarrived Agree 🙂 3w
charl08 @youneverarrived hope she writes more "long" fiction. 3w
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charl08
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I love little books like this, easy to fit in the hand.

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youneverarrived
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I liked the style of this one; the small, episodic chapters that quickly build a picture of Alina, her family and communist Romania. I thought the magical elements might put me off but they worked. A different and interesting way of telling a story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AlaMich That‘s a great cover! 4w
BarbaraBB I‘ve got this one stacked. Looking forward to it! 4w
youneverarrived @AlaMich isn‘t it ♥️ 4w
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB I think you might like it. Looking forward to your thoughts 👍 4w
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batsy
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The structure of this book won me over. It's a narrative sustained through episodic vignettes. Set in communist Romania, the atmosphere is oppressive, dark, & absurd. I was wary of the magical realism, but it's woven in so deftly & naturally. The structure, themes, & writing are very clever. The police state haunts every page; but interpersonal relationships, like between spouses or mothers & daughters, broke my heart. Distinctive & memorable.

batsy I did have occasional issues with it, mainly ideology. A communist police state & its ghoulish instruments of torture is something that needs to be told for what it is, but the narrator having come from Romanian nobility who were landowners colours the perception. So sometimes when Alina talks about the poor peasants (including the one she married), I get a whiff of something unpleasant, like disgust for the poor. #womensprize #womensprize2019 1mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review! Stacked 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - great review! Stacked! 1mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you 💜 It's a unique, unexpectedly poignant read that wouldn't have been on my radar if not for the prize longlist. 1mo
Ms_T Lovely review! 1mo
Chrissyreadit That is a great review! 1mo
TrishB Wonderful review 👍🏻 1mo
Tanisha_A Super review! 👏 Stacked! 1mo
rohit-sawant Stunning review! 1mo
Redwritinghood Great review! I really liked this one too. 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant @Redwritinghood Thank you! 🙂 1mo
Izai.Amorim Great review. Extra kudos for the 'episodic vignettes.' 👍 1mo
batsy @Izai.Amorim 😁 Thank you! 1mo
GatheringBooks this has been on my book depository wishlist for the longest time - your review convinced me that i should get it for #WomenReadWomen2019 - Romania/Russia/Germany. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 1mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I hope you give it a try! Would love to know what you think. 1mo
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Redwritinghood
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#womensprize2019 This collection of flash fiction creates a story of oppression in 1970s Romania. Alina is a young wife and teacher. When her brother-in-law defects to France, she and her husband come under close scrutiny of the government. Told through multiple, linked vignettes, together they create a darkly humorous and frightening tale. 3.5⭐️

Reggie Sounds good. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy
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This Women's Prize longlisted novel is told in flash style, with lists and little vignettes, set in Romania during the Ceaușescu era (1970s.)

Alina married a man in a lower class and really starts to regret it when his brother leaves the country without permission, making them a new target for the secret police. Mix that kind of oppression and intrigue with a folksy fantasy element and you end up with a unique read! I loved the ending.

HardcoverHearts I am looking forward to this so much! 3mo
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Clare_Riley
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Romania under Communist/ Ceausescu‘s rule wasn‘t a nice place. Set in the 1970s which I suppose was at a time when people were starting to realise just what they were missing. Alina‘s brother in law defects to Germany: those family members left (her and her husband) suffer the consequences. There‘s a hefty dose of magical realism in amongst some really unpleasant stuff (rape, torture - not loads, enough to scare her and a trigger warning!).

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AudreyMorris
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This is the first “novella-in-flash” I have read—I had not heard the term before. I think it means a story told in snippets rather than extended narrative (the term is not defined). There is too much magical realism here for my taste, but I appreciated the taste of communist Romania, as the narrator grows from a single girl to a married teacher struggling after her brother-in-law defects. The author grew up in Romania. #netgalley

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 9mo
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Babs_book_obsession
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The frightening reality of life in communist Romania, which I admit to being largely ignorant about, plus some magical realism makes for a pretty fresh and unique novella. You also get some nicely complex, or in my mind, realistic, relationships developed too. There is something a little disjointed(?) about the chapters, they feel almost separate from each other in a way? I don't even think that is necessarily a bad thing but just different.