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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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"The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel."--
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Odd, delightful, confusing. I just love Oyeyemi's voice and how she weaves these strange books that are like fairy tales and contemporary stories all at once. There were some parts of this story of 3 generations of women from a maybe fictional country that had me puzzled about what was happening and what significance there was, but also I loved the writing throughout. There's something being said here about immigration that I'm not catching too.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Spending the day at home as I'm sick but I am excited to be in my new house my partner and I just bought and to start the latest Helen Oyeyemi book. I love her writing! This is a little glimpse of the backyard, where it is raining buckets as you can see.

Lindy I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. 😊 4d
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy Love the first chapter so far! 4d
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pigeonsandcrows
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I'm not sure what I just read here, but it was certainly different. I've heard it referred to as magical realism, but there was no consensus reality operating here at baseline. It was like reading a transcription of a night's worth of dreaming, with people, locations, ideas all flowing in and out with no purpose. The writing is beautiful and Oyeyemi is clearly brilliant, but if you want a book with an actual plot, I would not pick this one up.

pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'm ready for Bunny now! I got it on my Kindle last night 😁 4w
Susannah Yay! I‘ve just started it myself, and I‘ve got five words for you: “Lipstick is for whores, Bunny.” I already have thoughts. (edited) 4w
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'm at about the same place, and one of the questions that immediately jumps to my mind is if Ava is an imaginary friend. I have no specific reason to think this, though. 4w
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Susannah There‘s a definite fantastical vibe, especially with all the Alice references (the flask that says “Drink Me,” the note from the Bunnies that says “Open Me,” the, you know, *Bunnies*). It‘s kind of clever but mostly obvious?... I‘m so judgy. 4w
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I keep hoping it's going to turn out that she's being playful with all this and it's going to turn in a different, less predictable direction...we shall see. 4w
Susannah Just got to the part where Samantha‘s best friend in high school was named Alice. 🤦‍♀️ 3w
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pigeonsandcrows
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I started this last night and am enjoying it more than I thought I would - I was not a fan of the last one I read by her. It probably helps that I consider gingerbread to be a magical food myself! Looking forward to fall starting tomorrow and all the tastes and smells that come with that.

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rachelsbrittain
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A gloriously imaginative magical realist take on aspects of the Hansel and Gretel story with a mysterious unchartable country, changelings, and lots and lots of gingerbread. It took a few chapters for me to really get into, but by the flashbacks I was totally hooked.

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rachelsbrittain
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This quote killed me ?

"... who turned Sherlock not even in the pursuit of justice, necessarily, but out of sheer disbelief that his mate kept denying that he'd been subject to at least three instances of attempted murder."

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Cinfhen
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Day 7 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush
Another book I own ( unread) that was gifted to me by @LibrarianRyan ) ♥️

I‘m inviting @TrishB to join me and anyone else who wants to share their favorite book covers.

Also a shoutout to all the illustrators and graphic designers who create these magnificent works of art. I know we aren‘t meant to judge a book by its cover but they make it so damn hard not to.

Cinfhen Another cover where the photos don‘t do the book any justice ~ it‘s actually a gorgeous cover and one I love. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful! 1mo
Tanisha_A Lovely! 1mo
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Megabooks Gorgeous!! 1mo
Cathythoughts Fab cover 1mo
TrishB 😘 lovely. Will have a think tonight. 1mo
KarenUK That is such a pretty one! 💕 1mo
LibrarianRyan This is so much better than the US cover. 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Sonic break

EKonrad Love me some Sonic! 😄 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Up early enough to get in a little reading with breakfast this morning

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rachelsbrittain
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1. Gingerbread, Dead Astronauts, and Polite Society

2. Maple

3. "This is sounding exactly like the time you kept saying 'It can't be the gingerbread,' when it was the gingerbread. It really, really was." - Gingerbread

#weekendreads

thebluestocking I love it when you do this meme! Your graphic design and questions are always spot on. Thank you!! 💙💙 1mo
Maria514626 Love this. Thanks you, @rachelsbrittain. Have your Sunday is lovely! (edited) 1mo
rachelsbrittain @thebluestocking thank you!! Life has been a lot lately so it's been a while since I was able to make one-- but very happy to be back at it and so glad to know you enjoy them!! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @Maria514626 thank you! Hope your day is lovely too! 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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New book and a bath bomb to match

VioletBramble Pretty 2mo
GypsyKat Nice! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Great photo! 1mo
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Bibliogeekery
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This book was beautiful and exquisitely written but also was somehow hard for me to get through. Oyeyemi creates an abstract, whimsical, gritty, deeply complex reimagining of gingerbread narratives in fairy tales. I loved it at times and was dying for it to end at others.

Aimeesue Yep. It was a tough one. Glad I read it, though. 2mo
Bibliogeekery @Aimeesue I'm glad I read it, too! 2mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Hello, yes, I too would like to know how to make magical gingerbread that ruins people‘s lives. 😁 Purely for academic reasons, of course.

DaniRey I‘m down for that too! 2mo
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bourne.shell
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Mehso-so

This book comes highly recommended but it's not for me. I couldn't connect to the characters or the plot at all. I just found myself trying to read it as fast as possible to finish it, which made me very disappointed.

As a personal preference, I really hated the writing style where the conversation between two characters didn't use “ “, but was just italic instead. I found it very hard to follow large sections of dialog

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BookAlongBlog
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4/5🌟 Oyeyemi has weaved a strange, whimsical tale of a family of three generations of women and the gingerbread recipe that is their curse.There isn't much plot but Oyeyemi's way with words kept me going. Her prose and storytelling abilities are something of a marvel. She manages to mix folklore, fantasy, race, and feminism into this storyline. With a narrative style that is unique and dreamlike. #bookreview #bookstagram

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rmaclean4
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Great weekend with my daughter in Louisville KY! Bourbon and books. This is the haul from Half Price Books.

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AlizaApp
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Fairytale and magical realism combine charmingly in this sort-of retelling of Hansel and Gretel? Inspired by, at least. Enjoyed it but was not blown away the same as I was with Oyeyemi‘s other books.

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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Yay! Made it to 24 hours! This makes 3 out of 5 successful attempts at the #24in48readathon ! I had such a great time! Thanks for all the hard work you gals @24in48 put into this readathon every 6 months! It‘s become two of my favorite events of the year! Good luck to everyone still working on their 24 hours and congratulations to everyone who participated - whether you get to 24 hours or not, you did great! See everyone next time!😘#24in48

catebutler Great job! 🎉 3mo
mrp27 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. 💗😎💞 3mo
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Lizpixie Congratulations🎉🎉🎉 3mo
UwannaPublishme You did it! Congrats! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🍾🍾📚📚📚 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 💃🏻💃🏻😎😎👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳🎉🎉📚📚 3mo
Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations❣️ 3mo
Eyelit Excellent! 🎉📚👏📚🎉 3mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 3mo
PaperbackPirate Congratulations!! 3mo
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AnansiGirl
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A break from humidity and triple digit temps and a relaxing Sunday early evening #patioreading.

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jhod
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Absolutely rubbish steps week, let's hope for better next time. I did finish three books, the tagged being my fave.

On other postive notes - I swam in the english sea yesterday for the first time this year. And had a fab night out for Pride tonight. Happy Pride Everyone!

#bfc
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn So I‘m going to rewrite your “absolutely rubbish” sentence to “I did over 10000 steps on 3 days!” (complete with exclamation point). It‘s good to strive for more, but celebrate what you did do! 🎉 You had a great week! You‘re making great progress and more importantly, you didn‘t quit. #powerofpositivity (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB Great pics and I think your walking is not rubbish at all 💕 4mo
julesG Jessica, listen to @wanderinglynn! I see 4 stars on that app picture. Means you reached your goal on 4 days. Definitely not rubbish. 😘😘😘 4mo
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Cathythoughts Great pics ! Full of life 🎉🎉 4mo
jhod @wanderinglynn thanks for your redraft - much better!! And thanks @julesG great work by you this week too! 4mo
jhod @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts thanks both! 😘 4mo
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AJBowers
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Getting through this one was like trying to gnaw on burnt gingerbread. Pass ??‍♀️.

So much of this book was nonsensical. I have a fondness for whimsy and magic, but this was so far past that.

I found myself upon finishing just left with a feeling of "FINALLY, it's over!!!". Onto the next read ??.

PatriciaU I did not finish. 4mo
kyraleseberg I bailed about 20% in. 4mo
IamIamIam They can't all be spectacular. Kudos to you for sticking it out!!! 4mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Reading view this morning! #cottagereads

AlaMich So beautiful!! 4mo
DivineDiana What a view! ❤️ 4mo
BookishTrish Wow! 4mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful! I love when the water is that still ✨ 4mo
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Bibliogeekery
Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Reading with a view!

Leftcoastzen Pretty! 4mo
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bernadette
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I love the opening pages and now that I finished the first chapter, I find it rather quirky and sad. Reviews seem to have been mixed on this one.

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Bibliogeekery
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I won this signed copy of Gingerbread! #queerbooks

LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Next up! #queerbooks

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Manoshgirl51
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Bailedbailed

Belletrist March Pick

I'm gonna be honest, it took me gritting my teeth to get through this book. There was literally no point to this story and I couldn't understand if it was all a flashback, made up or present day. Seriously, don't read it but if you do, proceed with caution.

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theshrinkette
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Taking a page out of @xicanti's book and got Edgar to pose. This book was a weird trip, I was into it.

xicanti HI, EDGAR!!!!! 4mo
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gossamerchild
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Gingerbread is technically a pastry, right? RIGHT? ;-)

#riotgrams #booksandpastries

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Abailliekaras
Gingerbread | Helen Oyeyemi
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Our new episode is up! We discuss Gingerbread. Annie loves Helen Oyeyemi, but how will Anna cope with all the magic? 😜📖 Tune into Books On The Go. 🎧

tpixie Cute gingerbreads!! 5mo
Hooked_on_books Great pic! 5mo
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mr_annie Omg you made the cutest gingerbread people!! I hope they don‘t have any magic ingredients though... 5mo
ephemeralwaltz Cute!!! 5mo
Abailliekaras @hook_on_books @ephemeralwaltz thank you! ☺️ @mr_annie made with help from Perrymans 😉 5mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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Instagram professionals-TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!!! I walked by half a dozen women artfully posing with their fancy treats, and I‘m sitting at a dirty outdoor table trying to take this picture before all the ice cream drizzles down my arm. I‘m so stickyyyy! Anyway the book is good.

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Abailliekaras
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Coming up on the podcast ... 📚 Read along with us!

Redheadrambles Looks good ! 5mo
readordierachel I'm reading Lanny right now and it is quite good! 5mo
Abailliekaras @readordierachel I‘m looking forward to Lanny! 5mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt5 This is a magical realism story from the author of Boy Snow Bird. Set in London, it‘s the story of a family, friendship, mythical worlds & gingerbread. Perdita Lee grows in a family that‘s touched by the strange. As an adult, she decides to track down her mothers closest friend, which brings out more of her mothers story with jealousy, ambition, wealth & that gingerbread.

GatheringBooks the book cover is a work of Art! 5mo
youneverarrived This cover is so gorgeous 💙💙 5mo
zezeki That cover! 😍😍 5mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime ooo i love this cover! the copy i saw did not look like this 5mo
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ReadingSusan
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Well I made my daily goal of 4 miles yay. I really had to push myself to do it when I got home from work as this was my first day working 8-5. Excited for my new job but sad to lose some reading time. I also listened to the Pachinko audiobook. It‘s started to lag a little in the middle. #BookFitnessChallenge

Caterina Yay you did it!! I hope Pachinko picks up again for you. I feel the “sad to lose some reading time,“ I'm starting grad school in the fall and feel like I have to devour ALL the books in the meantime. 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Success! Well done! If only someone would pay us to stay home and read.. oh how wonderful would that be?! (edited) 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5mo
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BethM Way to push through! 5mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 5mo
Kaye 👍🏼🌟👍🏼 5mo
Laughterhp Great job! 👏🏻 5mo
TheSpineView Well done! Keep up the good work! 5mo
bewareofwords Good for you for getting it done 👏🏽🤗 5mo
ReadingSusan @Caterina it did pick up again!! Yes school is definitely a reading killer! 5mo
ReadingSusan @CoverToCoverGirl that would be so wonderful. Some people think librarians read all day and thats so incorrect 🤣 5mo
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stephothebesto
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Bailedbailed

This is a challenging book and I don't think I'm in the mood for it at the moment..not sure when I will be, but it's not now.

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Redwritinghood
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While it was sometimes difficult to get a hold on the story line, this whimsical and intriguing book is still a pick. The audiobook is read by the author and her voice is incredibly charming and lends a further fairy tale feel to the story. 3⭐️

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Abailliekaras
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Harriet and daughter Perdita (gingerbread makers) go on a quest to find Harriet‘s childhood friend Gretel from her home country Druhastana. But it‘s not on any maps (nor is Gretel). I loved the warmth, bold writing, humour, inventive story & strong women characters. The fairytale elements made me think but tripped me up constantly & I couldn‘t get a grip on the story or engage fully, because it felt make-believe. Modern whimsy fans will love it.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Smizing 👀

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Tameeka
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Reading on rainy Sundays are my thing.
#blacklitsy

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Emilymdxn
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I can see how people found this book odd and not what they were expecting, but even though I wasn‘t always sure what was happening I absolutely loved it! The originality, the writing style, the character and the way the weird magic realist magic blended in the was more than worth it!

emtobiasz That cover is gorgeous! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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Happy bank holiday weekend! Have I mentioned I love three day weekends...

Starting Saturday off right with a chocolate croissant and Gingerbread to read at my bf‘s house.

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Abailliekaras
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I‘m currently reading this and not sure how I feel about it (the surreal / fairytale bits in particular). It might be growing on me though. Any thoughts? 😬📖

Aimeesue I had a bit of difficulty with it as well - Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox hewed a bit closer to the original fairy tales -but it grew on me. It IS surreal, though. 6mo
LeeRHarry Such a gorgeous cover - it has been catching my eye for a while now 😊 6mo
Abailliekaras @Aimeesue I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! It has grown on me now that I‘m into the swing of it ... but I‘m still not sure ... @LeeRHarry yes beautiful cover! 😍 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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I know the reviews are mixed but I‘m loving this one so far. Weird literary magic realism is so very much my thing so I‘m really hoping I‘ll like it

Aimeesue I need a map of Drunastrana. 6mo
Caterina Girl you had me at weird literary magical realism 😍 6mo
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Owlizabeth
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Next up after an Eve Dallas palate cleanser! This has *very* mixed reviews, so I‘m a little nervous, but I looooooved Boy, Snow, Bird so I‘m hoping I like this one as well.

charl08 Want to read this. She never goes in the same direction twice. 6mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This was a super weird book. Mothers and daughters. But also fantasy lands and magical gingerbread.

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Aimeesue
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Somebody wishes this was REAL gingerbread. Sluiuurp.
#dogsoitsy
#pitbullsoflitsy
#pibble
#stella

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LindaGrace812
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I loved this book. I really can‘t explain the book; I can only explain that Ms. Oyeyemi is a rare talent. Her prose is lyrical, her plot is magical. I honestly struggled to keep up with this novel, but it was so beautifully written, I couldn‘t put it down. I kept thinking about the characters even when I was supposed to be doing anything else!

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Lindy
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I love being somewhat confounded by what I read, especially when the prose is as beguiling, subversive and frisky as Oyeyemi‘s. I finished this fabulous novel a week ago, but I‘ve been digesting the content and sampling the crumbs of my flagged passages ever since. Realism with a big dollop of fantastical & fairytale elements is used to condemn capitalism and greed while delivering an enthralling tale of family secrets.

charl08 So looking forward to this! 6mo
Lindy @charl08 With only a 25% approval rating, it looks like a lot of Littens didn‘t care for this, but I hope you love it as much as I did. 6mo
Fridameetslucy Your review has made me reconsider this book. Ty. Going to the Strand soon 6mo
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Lindy @Fridameetslucy Excellent! Every book has a perfect reader. I hope it‘s a good match for you. 6mo
Centique I love your review. I haven‘t tried any Oyeyemi yet but I‘m very keen to. I often like those “marmite” books that divide readers! 6mo
Lindy @Centique Yay! If you can‘t easily get this new one of Oyeyemi‘s, I also recommend Mr Fox and 6mo
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Lindy
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Margot was ashamed of her father‘s squalid opportunism & even if she hadn‘t had romantic notions about growing her own food, she‘d still have fallen for her husband‘s good looks, rough courtesy & self reliance. She felt like an ant that had somehow lassoed a mountain. Simple Simon Lee. She forsook her mansion for the fields he oversaw & soon learned that the farm was his captor & hers, unreliable units of manpower that they were.

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Lindy
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Her gingerbread keeps and keeps. It outlasts all daintier gifts. Flowers wilt and shed mottled petals, mould blooms greenis-white on chocolate truffles, and Harriet‘s gingerbread hunkers down in its tin, no more attractive than the day it arrived, but no more repellent either.

readordierachel Is that a turtle? 🐢 6mo
batsy 😀 6mo
Lindy @readordierachel @batsy Yep, a custard bun in the shape of a turtle. Not dainty, but it was delicious. 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😆👏😁 6mo
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