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This Must Be the Place
This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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HeatherBookNerd
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I just discovered Maggie O‘Farrell last year and she is fast becoming a must-read author for me. This story is told from multiple perspectives of an extended family, stringing together their collective history in flashes of significant events. The prose is just beautiful and the characters are so fleshed out and vivid. The book jumps back and forth in time, filling in key bits of of the story as you go, and builds to a satisfying ending. Loved it.

Cinfhen Lovely review! 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a good book. And I love your cover! 4mo
KarenUK Loved this one too! 4mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Truth about parenting older kids!

Tamra Yes! 😆 4mo
HeatherBookNerd @Tamra I know, right? 4mo
Tamra @HeatherBookNerd I envy the days when I could just sit them in once place and they couldn‘t move. 🤣🤣 4mo
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The story is told from multiple points of view, from different time frames, different countries. It‘s like putting together one of those jigsaw puzzles where each puzzle piece is a complete shape in itself. Each chapter is complex and satisfying, even the minor characters like a woman whom Daniel meets on a bus in South America. She‘s so well created and whole that I felt like I knew her in just a few pages.

MallenNC I‘ve had this on my TBR forever and need to finally read it! Great review. 8mo
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Macnjen
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A tad bit complicated telling (due to multiple timelines) of a man, his choices and the life he leads with a complicated woman. Maggie O'Farrell's writing is great and she weaves a multi layered story that I enjoyed.

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This layered portrait of a marriage and each of their combined histories was fascinating. It reminded me so much of A Visit from the Goon Squad. I started out on vacation last month, but read it slowly for weeks.

I loved seeing the characters from both other peoples‘ POVs (like Rosalind, an older woman on an adventure) and their own.

“How different it all might have been, how minuscule the causes and how devastating their effects.”

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Unpopular opinion, but this book didn‘t do much for me. Neil was the only character I found to be relatable. I don‘t think the audiobook was the way to go with this one.

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Kazzie
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She is a great writer! Weaving inter generational stories, with a happy ending. I enjoy the strong female characters

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rachaich
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I found it better flowing as it moved along and I got used to the characters.
I liked the way in which the chapters fluctuated between years and narrators.

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rachaich
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Library book club choice for March.
This is the first one I've read by her, no idea what to expect... though the librarian said he'd enjoyed it, then declared he's keen to see if I agree 😄😄😄

BarbaraBB You‘ll love it! 2y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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This book is EXCELLENT! It‘s a book that‘s so intelligently written, I feel smarter just reading it. There‘s a lot to unpack, the POVs change, the timeline goes back and forth, and reading it requires focus. You can‘t skim through this one, but damn is it a rewarding read! O‘Farrell is an autobuy author for me from now on. 🗣Give this book ALL 👏 OF 👏 THE 👏 STARS 👏🤩🥳🤓🙌👊🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

AmyG I just read Hamnet and loved it so.....stacked! 2y
lynneamch I've been in love with Maggie since this one 2y
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“What is it with Parisians and their miniature yappy canines? I‘ve never understood it: they exercise such impeccable, flawless taste in all other areas but this.” 😏😆

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Four pages in and I want to read everything Maggie O‘Farrell has ever written!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me tooooo!! Ive only read Hamnet and want all her other books now! 2y
BarbaraBB I‘be read four and loved them all. Just bought 2y
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She is so readable. Love how she weaves the story using character and timeline. A delight to read. 4 🌟

cathysaid Loved this one! 2y
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Cathy_J
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This was a great read with a cast of complicated characters. I became completely absorbed 😊 The point of view/time/place changes with each chapter so you get such a detailed picture of this family and their relationships ⭐⭐⭐⭐

rabbitprincess I get Talking Heads stuck in my head every time I see this title :) 2y
Cathy_J @rabbitprincess Oops! Sorry 😂 2y
rabbitprincess @Cathy_J There are far worse things to get stuck in my head, so no worries 😆 2y
Freespirit I loved Hamnet. I need to look for this one! 2y
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cathysaid
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As my first Maggie O‘Farrell, I‘m glad this is where I started. With dry humor, her observations of humans and their interactions are spot on. I found myself thinking, “Girl, get out of my head” many times. O‘Farrell examines the rocky marriage of two quirky, flawed yet endearing characters, as well as the unique family that results. I immensely enjoyed this domestic drama. 4/5 ⭐️

BarbaraBB Such a good book! 2y
cathysaid @BarbaraBB Yes it was. And it‘s likely I read it based on one of your reviews. Have you read anything else by her? 2y
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BarbaraBB I am looking forward to reading her other books! 2y
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cathysaid
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“I don‘t like their nostrils.” BWAHAHAHA

While I don‘t have kids, I can only imagine I must have been like this as a five year old. I thought those of you that do have children might recognize.

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MrsMalaprop
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Maggie O‘Farrell is reliably good.

Each time I see one of her novels on sale second hand I grab it. I think this is the fourth one I‘ve read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Rissreads Another author I dont think I have read yet. 3y
BarbaraBB I always love her too. A new one is coming up fortunately! 3y
Tamra Where do you recommend I start with her work? 3y
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MrsMalaprop @BarbaraBB Ooh 👏. 3y
Tamra Thank you! 3y
Rissreads Thanks, stacked! 3y
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The type of read for me that you get cosy on the settee on a Sunday afternoon and just read it constant. It didn‘t wow me but I enjoyed reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️. I‘ve only read The Hand That First Held Mine .... it was really good 3y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks ♥️ I‘ve not read that one but read another of hers that was good too! 3y
JennyM Perfect review and how I felt. Hope you and bump are good 😘 3y
youneverarrived @JennyM thanks Jenny, we‘re good 😘 half way there now! Hope you‘re well 💕 3y
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youneverarrived
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Total reading time for the readathon. It‘s not loads but the past couple of months I‘ve been reading less so it was good to get back to reading every day, and I seem to have my reading mojo back 😁

Thanks everyone that organised it and congrats again to @MrBook ♥️🥳🥳

#MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @Lynnsoprano @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @jb72

MrBook You did phenomenally 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥!!! 3y
Lynnsoprano Thanks for being part of the celebration 😘 3y
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UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Jas16 🙌🏽 3y
Andrew65 That‘s a great time, well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏😊👍 3y
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youneverarrived
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I do miss having a glass of wine but non-alcoholic will have to do 😂 I‘m enjoying this book, over halfway now, and wondering where it‘s going.

#MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
BarbaraBB Me too! 3y
Andrew65 Going well 👏👏 3y
MrBook It‘s going to...the place. 😆 I have dad humor, sorry 🙈. 3y
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JackOBotts
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I so enjoyed this novel. I loved the non-linear storytelling; I loved piecing the story together in bits and pieces. This is my kind of storytelling: not necessarily easy to follow, but a great story of family, faults, and figuring s--t out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Thank you, @BekahPat for sharing this title with me. 🥰$

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
BekahPat @JackOBotts hey my friend... question for you... do I sent things to the same address or do you have a new address? If a new address please email it to me at rebekahpatin@gmail.com. 3y
JackOBotts Hi @BekahPat!!! Sadly, no new address yet. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Keep your eyes peeled for a delivery in the next couple days! 📦 🤗 3y
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BekahPat @JackOBotts Ugh! Real estate is stressful! I feel for you. Be watching your mailbox too! Miss you my friend 3y
JackOBotts @BekahPat - are the last two digits of your zip code “06” or “13”?!?! Why do I have it written as “13”?! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ It should still arrive, ugh....this sums up a lot for me, right now! (edited) 3y
BekahPat @JackOBotts it is 06 but it was 13 before our move. Don‘t stress about it at all. Those two zip codes are right beside each other and the postal service will figure it out. Sending you love my friend 3y
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JackOBotts
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1. Notes on a Nervous Planet (M. Haig), But What If We‘re Wrong (C. Klosterman), Che: A Revolutionary Life (J. Anderson)
2. The tagged book is next up for my book club. I‘m double excited as I received a copy of this book from my #LitsyPenPal, @BekahPat (who highly recommended it). 🤗
3. Searching for John Hughes (J. Diamond)
Happy #weekendreads to all!

Dolly Those all sound great! Good luck 🙂 3y
JackOBotts Thank you, @Dolly - while I‘m sure none will be finished, Haig writes in nice snippets, so it‘s easy to finish a section when your time is short. 3y
monalyisha I need to catch up on my Matt Haig books! I've really enjoyed everything I've read by him (especially “The Humans“) but he's published a bunch since I last picked him up! 3y
JackOBotts @monalyisha - truth be told, this is only the second I‘ve read of his. None of his fiction...any you would recommend as good starters? 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Going to finish this one in paper because I cannot stand one more minute with the audio. The narrators are not good (for me) and I'm.starting to hate on the book because of it. I have 200 pages left and would really rather be reading something else. 😕

KarenUK I LOVE this book! Hope you enjoy it more on paper.....🤞 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @KarenUK ok thanks Karen! I'm hoping it is better in paper for sure!! I just have to wipe clear from my head the audio experience. ☺️ 3y
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TorieStorieS
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What a great #BeauTEAfulBooks selection!! Thank you, @debthmpsn @TerriGreen - this was one that was already on my TBR and I could hardly put it down! O‘Farrell does an amazing job with these characters and the different timelines all meld together so well! I loved every page!

TrishB A great read 👍🏻 3y
scripturient Love the tea cup!!! 😁😁😁 3y
TorieStorieS @TrishB I loved it!!! 😊 3y
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TorieStorieS @scripturient Thanks!! It was a birthday gift from my bestie!! She knows what I like!! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
k.reads.5 Love this pic! I've heard great things about this book, glad you enjoyed! 3y
TorieStorieS Thanks, @pl.2886!!! ☺️☺️☺️ 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Listening to this starting today. CDs so I don't have to fight with my Bluetooth disconnecting! 👍

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Bookwormjillk
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This one isn‘t grabbing me. Probably just my mood. I‘m giving it one more metro ride worth of reading before I put it back on the shelf for now.

keys_on_fire I love this attitude. Not giving up, just not right now :) 4y
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kellock
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Oh how I love Maggie O'Farrell. Chapters from different characters perspectives kept me interested in this longish read. I always enjoy her books.

Samplergal Going in with this one soon. 4y
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kellock
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When you're waiting for your floors to dry what else do you do but get into bed and read.
PS: They were probably dry an hour ago and now I'm just being lazy!!

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kellock
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Continuing my favourite author Christmas reading

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merelybookish
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Are Littens the loveliest? Why yes indeed!
Today a Christmas surprise in mail the from the super thoughtful and generous @robinb!
(She picked five names from her list of Litten addresses to send a book to! How kind is that?! So luck of the draw for me!)
Thank you so much! I'm going to read it over the holiday!
Merry Christmas to you!! 😘🎄🤶😘

TrishB I enjoyed this book! 4y
merelybookish @TrishB Maybe that's why I stacked it! 🙂 4y
robinb You are most welcome, Margot! Glad it‘s safely there! AND happy that you haven‘t read it already. 😊😂 Enjoy. 🤗❤️💚 4y
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BarbaraBB
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I‘m in Berlin for the weekend, visiting a friend who lives here. It is such a raw and impressive city, history is everywhere.

Here I have finished this book. It‘s the story of a marriage and kids and secrets. It‘s so well done, the plot, the characters, the emotions. O‘Farrell is a fantastic storyteller. I am definitely not finished with her.

Reagan I read the tagged book this year and it was a game changer. I have recommended it to everyone I meet! 4y
Cinfhen Have fun 4y
Songsofhome I loved that one too!!! 4y
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Kalalalatja Have a great time! 😘 4y
emmaturi I have enjoyed all her books! 4y
RidgewayGirl Berlin is amazing. I love the way history sits in layers just underneath a vibrant, multicultural city. Have you been to Dussmann yet? It‘s a giant bookstore with an entire English bookstore inside. The cafe is also wonderful. 4y
BarbaraBB @RidgewayGirl I passed it and thought hey a bookstore but went on and 5 minutes later I sat on a terrace and read your comment and felt sorry! 4y
CarolynM ❤️Berlin 4y
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Heymeff
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The family in this story is believable and quirky. The characters are warm but flawed and funny.

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Heymeff
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The family was relatable and quirky and the language with which O‘Farrell writes is beautiful.

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Caroline2
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Thank you so much @miralunasbooknook for the Maggie O‘Farrell book! I haven‘t read anything by her yet so I‘m looking forward to reading this! 😘 #jbuk

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KGlibrarian
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After Anne Bogel recommended this book on her podcast (What Should I Read Next?) I picked it up and was not disappointed! O‘Farrell‘s writing is drawn out and beautiful, focusing on the intimate details of her characters‘ lives and emotions. Told from many different points of view and changing time periods with each chapter, it is a family saga that is all-encompassing.

lynneamch 💖😊 4y
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sisilia
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Thank you, dearest @minkyb 🤗😘😍

minkyb Well that did not take too long! Enjoy! 4y
minkyb Oops. I guess you have 2 copies now. Maybe you can have a buddy read of Cutting for Stone. 4y
sisilia @minkyb Yeah good idea!!! I‘m keeping both for now coz they are soooo special 😍 4y
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Bookish_B
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I am very confused about my feelings for this book. As I was reading it I was aware of how much I was enjoying the writing but the story is told through alternating points of view and a non-linear timeline which I was not really a fan of. Some parts completely sucked me in and others I wished we could just get on with it. Often I was restless so I think I was kind of relieved to come to the end.

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Ashley85
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Current read. Finally trying to get through my TBR stack on my Kindle.

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whatrebeccasread
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An enjoyable story of a couple set over a number of different times, locations and told through a large range of characters. Well written and detailed but a little long and a few too many view points for me to keep up with. I'm scoring "This Must Be The Place" 3 stars.

If you want to learn more, my full review is up on my blog (link on my profile) ?

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EmilyM
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I couldn't put this one down! I heard about it on What Should I Read Next-- a family drama that unfolds through many different characters' voices. Highly recommend!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

TrishB Loved this one too 👍🏻 4y
KateFulfordAuthor If you like this style, perhaps you could consider my debut. Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

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KarenUK
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#MayReadingStats
10 books read
2 on audio
5 fiction
5 for challenges
1 YA
3 for bookclubs
1 poetry
1 travelogue
3 foodie books
3 Favorites.... This Must be the Place, On Chesil Beach, How to Stop Time.... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Seems a great month! 4y
KateFulfordAuthor If you like Maggie‘s style, perhaps you could consider my debut. Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

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AnnaDesourdy
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I read this over four months while reading others. I don't recommend doing that because of the different characters that need a little focus to keep up with. I found myself flipping back and asking "ok who was this?!" But very well written. Characters and story were richly developed. And though some of them made poor choices I still liked them!

KateFulfordAuthor If you like Maggie‘s style, perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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I'd heard so much about this author in the last year that I finally decided to try her when The Readers podcast included this novel in their potential summer reading.
I didn't know what the novel was about, just jumped in! And I might as well have because the characters and time switches take a while to coalesce, but I'd say in an enjoyable way.
One question for those who have read it- do you think this is an anti-abortion novel?

Lindy I read this too long ago to remember the abortion aspect, so I can‘t answer your question definitively. I‘ve read three of her novels plus her memoir and don‘t remember such a stance in any of them, so my guess is that it‘s O‘Farrell‘s way of looking at a complex issue, rather than taking a side on abortion. 4y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thanks I appreciate that... I think I agree, I just needed to talk it out. I think it's maybe a similar issue with The Mothers which some hated because they saw it as anti-abortion but it was a realistic portrayal of a character who thought that way. 4y
KateFulfordAuthor If you like Maggie‘s style, perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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KarenUK
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#manicmonday
1. Tagged ⬆️ plus ‘The Court of Thorns and Roses‘ and ‘How to stop time‘.
2. My mum taught me to read at a very young age.... and all my family are readers and never without a book.
3. Anytime, but I love to read in the mornings in bed.
4. From earlier this year, I still think about Wavy and Kellen from ‘All the Ugly and Wonderful Things‘.

JoScho I think about Wavy and Kellen quite often 💕 4y
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MrsMalaprop Ooh, I picked this up at a second hand book stall recently 🤗. 4y
TrishB Loved this one 👍🏻 4y
KateFulfordAuthor If you like Maggie‘s style, perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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Bookchipmunk
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Weekend TBR: After a 110! Burpee Friday Blast at the gym this morning I'm ready for some couch time (and so is Winnie). Aloha Friday 🌺 #dogsoflitsy

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TrishB I really enjoyed this book. 4y
Sweettartlaura LOVED this one! 4y
KateFulfordAuthor If you like Maggie‘s style, perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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