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The Far Field
The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
"Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio-political scope, Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay's The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present. In the wake of her mother's death, Kalyani, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Kalyani is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Kalyani finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love. With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion" --
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Samplergal
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Loved it. Such lush language and complex characters. I recommend it. #20Booksby2020

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I was struck by a sudden, savage resentment at her tone, which was pitying, yet I took a strange pleasure in it too. I sat with my head held high, tasting bitter pride in my own weakness, and hating myself for it at the same time, because, cynical and hardened as I believed myself to be at twenty-four, I had never stopped to consider that pity might, in fact, be just another facet of love.

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alisonrose
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He had the intelligent man‘s faith in the weight of his own ideas, and the emotional man‘s impatience with anyone who did not share them.

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alisonrose
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I have a feeling this is gonna be heartbreaking in a thousand ways......but that‘s a good thing when it comes to books! #nowreading

Tamra I have this beautiful cover on my TBR shelves. 1d
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Samplergal
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Next up. Looking forward to this one. #20booksby2020

Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ll look forward to your thoughts on it. 4d
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HarperCollinsIn
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JCB WINNER 2019. In the wake of her mother‘s death, Shalini, a privileged, naive and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote village in Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to track him down.

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.. I still don't understand why I was unable to speak the truth. Perhaps there is no explanation other than that I had been weaned too long on secrecy, taught by my mother from earliest childhood the strange and unquantifiable power of keeping one‘s counsel. But that is probably too generous an assessment. I suspect the truth was that, like so many who cloak themselves in mistrust and call it independence, I was merely a coward.

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Christinak
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My last book box for 2019‘s #YearOfReading came today from Shakespeare and Co. #ILoveBookMail
#BestChristmasGiftEver
#shakespeareandcompany

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andioop
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Loss never leaves us. We must try to see the world as it is anyway.
Content warning for suicide and violence. Specifically institutionalized, militarized, religious violence.

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Becker
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I‘m not very far in to this but I‘m really enjoying the audio so far. 🌼

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MallenNC
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Restarted this book today after having put it aside. I‘m finally past some of my busiest times at work so I think I‘ll be able to finish it this time. #audiobook

Tamra I love the cover. 2mo
cathysaid I really enjoyed this on audio. 2mo
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mhillis
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Tanisha_A Marigold! 🏵️ 2mo
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Mitch
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So looking forward to reading this is sounds AMAZING! Thank you so much @CoffeeNBooks for thinking of me - it means the world to me this amazing community #litsylove. Thank you honey 😘

Soubhiville It‘s so pretty! 3mo
squirrelbrain Lovely cover! ❤️ 3mo
Mitch @squirrelbrain @Soubhiville it‘s super pretty isn‘t it! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Happy Birthday Mitch!! So glad the book made it to you! I hope you have a fabulous day! 3mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Day 4 #7covers7days. #covercrush. Haven‘t read it yet, but the cover looked like something that I should read.

WhatWouldJaneDo Never heard of this book but that cover would definitely make me pick it up in the bookstore! 3mo
Severnmeadows Beautiful! 3mo
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Plaidsticks
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Such a great, captivating listen. #audiobook

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MallenNC
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A cover with #flowers doesn‘t always mean a happy book! #SelfImprovementSept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌺🌹🌼🌺📚 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️🌸🌼🌹 3mo
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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#botmsummerslam

Lauredhel I'm such a sucker for a botanical print cover! 4mo
MsLeah8417 @Lauredhel : It‘s beautiful!! 4mo
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Krose1
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Set in Bangalore and Kashmir, this was a very timely read given all the happenings there right now. I think this encompasses the helplessness many feel these days. Very good!

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Sue
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Picked this up as I forgot a book for my specialist appointment. I‘m really enjoying it so far.

Cathythoughts Sounds good. I think I‘ll try a sample on kindle now 👍🏻 4mo
irre I loved it! 4mo
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MallenNC
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I‘m on staycation so why not start an audiobook at 11 pm? This was recommended to me by @bookriot TBR service

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Dolly
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An excellent book especially if you, like me, love books set in India. There were a few parts of the plot that I thought needed a bit of adjustment, sometimes I felt the author lost her way but all in all beautifully written. This is an author to watch. 👁👁

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Jilly6183
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I really liked this and would recommend it, but man I wanted to punch Shalini in the face.

UnabridgedPod I have this from BOTM a few months ago. Need to move it up my TBR!! 5mo
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Jilly6183
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Decided to play hooky from work today 🤫😎

TheBookKeepers Niiiice! Enjoy!! 5mo
Lauram Good call!! 5mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Great choice, @irre 🙌 #lmpbc It‘s an interesting read about a part of the world I‘m not familiar with. It‘ll be heading home soon!

irre I‘m glad you liked it! 5mo
TheNerdyProfessor I picked this one from BOTM ages ago but haven't read it yet. I'm glad to hear you liked it! 5mo
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“I am aware of the likely futility of all that I have told here, and, I am aware, too, of the thousand ways I have tried to excuse myself in the telling of it. All the same, whatever the flaws of this story or confession or whatever has turned out to be, let it stand.”

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 5mo
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Dolly
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With this bit of writing and character description I knew I‘d love The Far Field.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Here I go, @irre Starting this one today and I‘ll get it to you ASAP!

irre Great! I was starting to worry it got lost on the way. 😀 No rush. I hope you love it as much as I did. 5mo
cathysaid I really enjoyed this one! Glad to finally see some posts about it 👏 5mo
mreads 🐕❤ 5mo
Slajaunie Aww, look at that sweet Baby! 💙🐾 5mo
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irre
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Read some good books so far this year.
#Top6Reads

TheNerdyProfessor The Far Field is in my TBR stack! 5mo
Megabooks Great choices! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m definitely interested in the Mira Jacobs book 5mo
irre It was great @Cinfhen 5mo
KatieDid927 The Far Field made my list too! 5mo
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tholmz
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Really unique and fascinating and honest and good.

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RealLifeReading
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The author writes beautifully but her main character Shalini was not easy to connect with. She sometimes seems a bit naive for her age and that proves disastrous for the people around her. But I loved reading about Shalini‘s foray into village life in Kashmir, so far and different from bustling Bangalore where she‘s from. And it‘s these little moments that make this book a beautiful and moving one

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hjreviews
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Update: finally getting out of my slump, only took 2 weeks 🙄

irre I loved this one! 7mo
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hjreviews
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Been in sort of a reading slump. Let‘s see if this brings me out of it

Bookwormjillk Pretty cover! 7mo
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erinreads
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Life has been really less than stellar this year, but at least I can still find the good in moments like this: reading in bed with my cat, on a Saturday where I finally have NO plans or work obligations. 🙌🏻 Also, I‘ve really missed Litsy lately, so this weekend will be all about finally getting more reading done and trying to catch up on everyone‘s posts. 💕 #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Jerdencon Reading in bed on a Saturday morning is one of my favorite things! Hope you have a nice day! 8mo
jenniferw88 😻😻😻 8mo
8little_paws I hear ya. I feel like I'm in the same boat. Have a good day though 8mo
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Hoopiefoot Enjoy! Your cat looks like he/she approves of your choice too! 8mo
darklydreaming This sounds awesome! Cute kitty. Happy Saturday 💕 8mo
rretzler 😻 8mo
LeafingThroughLife Slow starts on Saturday mornings are the best. This is the first one I‘ve had myself in quite a while. Have a great day! 8mo
JSW Here‘s to life‘s little pleasures and a lazy Saturday morning! ❤️❤️ 8mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! I love gingers. 🧡🐱 Enjoy your day. 💜 8mo
Zelma Looks like a fabulous way to spend the day! My year has been similar and I treasure my quiet reading days right now. 8mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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This book was such a fascinating read! I loved it! #LMPBC #GroupA @irre @Erinreadsthebooks @LMJenkins

irre I‘m glad you liked it too. Can‘t wait to read your comments! 8mo
Erinreadsthebooks That‘s great! I‘m excited to read it. 8mo
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erinreads
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Spoiler alert: my cat is just as indecisive as I am with which #BOTM book I want to read next. 🤔 #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen So cute ! 8mo
8little_paws The far field is really excellent!!! 8mo
erinreads @8little_paws I was going to read a chapter from each to decide and ended up 40 pages deep into The Far Field, so that‘s what I‘m reading! 8mo
irre A Woman is No Man is great but The Far Field is amazing!! Hope you like it as much as I did. 8mo
ChasingOm Wow, I‘ve never heard of the tagged book but now I‘m going to see if my library has a copy! 8mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This novel took me to a world I have no experience with. It talked about a global conflict I definitely did not know a lot about. Super interesting.

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swishandflick
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PSA: Another "audiobook available on #Spotify" find! This was also a #BOTM pick ??

Coleen Spotify has audiobooks?! 9mo
swishandflick @Coleen you have to dig around a bit to find them, but there are some definite gems! I've posted a few more the last few days if you want to check those out too 😄 9mo
Coleen Okay, yes...I‘m finding the navigation frustrating. I think I‘ll just follow your posts! 😁 9mo
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lele1432 The navigation is super frustrating because there's no real "Book" area. This is really cool though! I'd be happy if they got into the audiobook subscription business 9mo
irre I loved this book! 9mo
Djspens I love Spotify! I didn't know they had books 😍 9mo
swishandflick @Djspens They're not super easy to search for but it's fun stumbling on good ones!! 9mo
ephemeralwaltz What😍😍 I'll definitely be listening to this. Had no idea! 8mo
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Jolynne
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Shalini, the protagonist is a spoiled, self-centered, selfish, naïve, and privileged young woman. Normally not what I like in a character but her journey to Kashmir revealing political upheaval, violence, poverty and much more make this book well worth the read.

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irre
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12 books in February.
7 audio books
9 authors of color
My absolute favorite was The Far Field. Loved it!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reading! 📚💖 9mo
RachelO That sounds great! 9mo
RealLifeReading Great month! 9mo
Booksnchill Loved the Dread Nation audio! 9mo
irre @Booksnchill It was really good. 9mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
Now, even though I picked these out to work on, it definitely doesn't mean I'll get to them (besides my #LMPBC read) 😂😂 I'm both a procrastinator and a mood reader , who knows where the wind may take me #TBRShelfie

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the graphic!! Let me know how The Far Field is when you read it!! 💗❤️ 9mo
vkois88 I've heard many good things about several of these. Enjoy! 9mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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Aww, this is so sweet! I love the tiny bookmark, I've always wanted to travel! Thank you @irre 😁 #LMPBC #GroupA

SweetAngst Aw! What a lovely Dala horse! 9mo
irre You‘re welcome 9mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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Book received! 😎 Thanks @irre I'll be finishing my book soon! #LMPBC #GroupA @LMJenkins @Erinreadsthebooks

irre Great! Thanks for letting me know it arrived. Can‘t wait to see what you think. 9mo
wordzie 🎉 9mo
LMJenkins Oh man, please tell me I won‘t have all four books here at one time! 😂 You guys are fast! 9mo
fandom_hellspawn99 Hahaha Nah we are just early birds, I'm gonna wait till March to send mine out 😂😂😂 @LMJenkins 9mo
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irre
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This was amazing!! I‘m so glad I picked a good one for #LMPBC #Round5 #GroupA
I‘ll be sending it out to you tomorrow @fandom_hellspawn99 A bit early, but I rather send it as soon as I‘m done in case anyone needs extra time. Can‘t wait to see what you all think @Erinreadsthebooks @LMJenkins @fandom_hellspawn99

fandom_hellspawn99 I'll be finishing up mine soon! I can't wait to see what you have down! 😁 10mo
Crazeedi So do we start our books now? I'm in group L but I thought we didnt till March 1? I'm new at this! Thanks 10mo
irre @Crazeedi We have all of March to read our pick, but I started mine early. 10mo
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LMJenkins I‘m so glad that you liked it, I‘m sure I will too. I plan on starting my book closer to the beginning of March..... I have a bunch of library books that I am determined to finish before they‘re due. #groupa 10mo
irre Sounds good @LMJenkins 10mo
Crazeedi @irre ok thank you! 10mo
irre @fandom_hellspawn99 The book should arrive by next Friday. I sent it media mail. 10mo
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After her mother's death, Shalini decides to travel from her home in Bangalore to Kashmir to find the traveling salesman that she remembers from her child's childhood. Vijay excels at description and capturing a moment, but the plot has a slow build to a climax that left me more annoyed than satisfied.

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irre
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Starting my #LMPBC pick #round5 #GroupA
Loving it so far!

Erinreadsthebooks 😍🙌🏼🎉 10mo
LMJenkins 👌🏼 10mo
EmilyM SUCH a good book! 10mo
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mdemanatee
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Work listen for the day.

ablachly Oh, this is on my list to check out... 10mo
mdemanatee @ablachly It was good. Slower than I was expecting, and, while it could be frustrating, it was always purposeful. There‘s a lot to think about here. (edited) 10mo
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This cover is stunning!

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cathysaid
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A beautifully written tale beginning in Bangalore, India, then moving from the city to Kashmir. The MC recalls childhood episodes while fleeing her home to find herself after tragedy. Through lyrical and poignant description, India becomes a character herself. A motley, endearing cast of characters keep the plot moving, involving the reader in their fates. But I wanted to throttle the MC...a strange feeling when I liked the story so very much. 👇

cathysaid Also, it‘s a wonderful listening experience as the narrator has a sumptuous accent. Highly recommended, even though I wanted to to throat punch the MC. 🥴 (Pictures of Kashmir and Bangalore from the internet.) @Samplergal @Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for tagging. What an intriguing review. Stacked the book immediately! 10mo
Crazeedi Adding this!! 10mo
cathysaid @Crazeedi @barbarabb I hope you guys enjoy it 🤞 10mo
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cathysaid
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Enjoying this on audiobook, but I haven‘t seen much on Litsy or in the press about it. 🤔 Such a shame since it‘s beautifully written. I‘ll post more about it once finished. #thingsthatmakeyougohmmm

*Updated* Once I bothered to look at the publication date (1/15/19) I kinda solved my own mystery. 😬 It‘s only been out for three weeks.

Samplergal I have in my ever growing pile. I‘ll be interested to see what your final take is. 10mo
Rachel_nyc This is my add-on for BOTM this month. Can‘t wait to receive it! (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB Sounds real good. Looking forward to your review! 10mo
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