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Say Say Say
Say Say Say | Lila Savage
3 posts | 2 read | 4 to read
A beautiful, bracingly honest debut novel about the triangle formed between a young woman and the couple whose life she enters one transformative year: a story about love and compassion, the fluidity of desire, and the myriad ways of devotion. Ella is nearing thirty, and not yet living the life she imagined. Her artistic ambitions as a student in Minnesota have given way to an unintended career in caregiving. One spring, Bryn--a retired carpenter--hires her to help him care for Jill, his wife of many years. A car accident caused a brain injury that has left Jill verbally diminished; she moves about the house like a ghost of her former self, often able to utter, like an incantation, only the words that comprise this novel's title. As Ella is drawn ever deeper into the couple's household, her presence unwanted but wholly necessary, she is profoundly moved by the tenderness Bryn shows toward the wife he still fiercely loves. Ella is startled by the yearning this awakens in her, one that complicates her feelings for her girlfriend, Alix, and causes her to look at relationships of all kinds--between partners, between employer and employee, and above all between men and women--in new ways. Tightly woven, humane and insightful, tracing unflinchingly the most intimate reaches of a young woman's heart and mind, Say Say Say is a riveting story about what it means to love, in a world where time is always running out.
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lele1432
Say Say Say | Lila Savage
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Mehso-so

A look at a caregiver's complex relationship dynamics. No real plot, but there are relatable anecdotes concerning career choices, not being where you thought you'd be in life, & the mundane, like battles with laziness & proper human interaction. It packs in a lot; grief, loss, brain trauma, queerness, blurred lines of employee/friend, but some of the pontifications on misogyny & religion felt misplaced or rushed & didn't keep my focus. 2.75⭐️s

cathipink I requested this at the library bc I saw it on the LitHub fall release list. I wasn't feeling it at the time, but I'm thinking I might not go back to it either, based on your review. 3w
lele1432 @cathipink Hi Cathi! I think your enjoyment definitely depends on what you're in the mood for. It's without a plot, so it's mostly the MC's inner thoughts & interactions with her girlfriend & the family she works for. I enjoyed some of these thoughts, but others came across as random or seemed to ramble on & lose my attention. Too many ideas were packed into this novella, & they felt unfinished. But I see potential & will read this author again. 3w
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Anna40
Say Say Say | Lila Savage
Bailedbailed

I wanted to like it, the premise was intriguing, but I didn't. Not for me

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kyraleseberg
Say Say Say | Lila Savage
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Starting this #ARC tonight!