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Bodies of Light
Bodies of Light | Sarah Moss
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Bodies of Light is a deeply poignant tale of a psychologically tumultuous nineteenth century upbringing set in the atmospheric world of Pre-Raphaelitism and the early suffrage movement. Ally (older sister of May in Night Waking), is intelligent, studious and engaged in an eternal - and losing - battle to gain her mother's approval and affection. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a religious zealot, keener on feeding the poor and saving prostitutes than on embracing the challenges of motherhood. Even when Ally wins a scholarship and is accepted as one of the first female students to read medicine in London, it still doesn't seem good enough.The first in a two-book sequence, Bodies of Light will propel Sarah Moss into the upper echelons of British novelists. It is a triumphant piece of historical fiction and a profoundly moving master class in characterisation.
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Libby1
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Thanks so much to @TrishB for sending this beautiful book to me for my birthday - oh, nearly two weeks ago!

❤️

RachelO Happy belated birthday Libby! It‘s a good one 😊 5mo
Tamra Happy Bookday and what a cover! 4mo
Tamra @TrishB do you know if the second book has been published yet? 4mo
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TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 I was beginning to think I hadn‘t actually sent! 4mo
TrishB @Tamra I didn‘t know there was a second on the way! 4mo
Libby1 Thanks, @RachelO 💕 4mo
Libby1 @Tamra and @TrishB - thanks! I am just poorly organised but am on holiday right now and am trying to catch up. 😊 4mo
TrishB No worries! Enjoy when you get to it 😘 4mo
Tamra @TrishB I think it‘s this one 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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My first Sarah Moss and I find it an informative and remarkable piece of work. The writing is beautiful, and the story captivating, albeit rather slow in parts. Not just touching on the struggles and social prejudices of women in the 19th century, at the heart of the story, it explores family relationships, motherhood, healing and hope. Some parts broke my heart and I was invested in the main character..always a good sign of a fantastic story.

erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for introducing me to Sarah Moss and the copy of this book @Kalalalatja . ❤️ I look forward to read more of her books especially Signs of Lost Children and Night Waking. 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the tag!!! Think im gonna try this one that @Kalalalatja recommended 7mo
Tamra This sounds good, stacked! 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I‘m definitely taking this out of #hibernation ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so glad you liked it Jessie! I think Moss might be one of my favourite living authors, so it is always lovely when others like her as well 👌 @Cinfhen definitely a good one to start with! 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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My #currentread follows Ally, who struggles against social prejudice to study to become one of the first female doctors in England. Ally‘s determination and devotion are driven by her mother‘s expectations and her hunger for her mother‘s approval, and although she is treated with harsh treatments and no love, she never gives up her dream to become a female doctor.
#anglophileapril #nevergoingtogiveyouup

Cathythoughts I put this one into #hibernation Must bring it out again. (edited) 7mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I just bought this one! 7mo
Cinfhen Keep seeing this author on Litsy!! Which book should I read first from her?? 7mo
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Mdargusch Great tie in! 7mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve heard such great things about this author. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen This is a standalone novel which can be read first (it‘s my first book by Moss), but maybe @Kalalalatja can enlighten us as she loves this author and introduces me to her. 7mo
emilyhaldi I love Moss but this book was tough to get through at times 7mo
Cinfhen Ok, thanks!! I‘ll wait & see what @Kalalalatja or @TrishB suggests 😁 7mo
Kalalalatja I started with The Tidal Zone, which was great! But this is the first in a duology, and it is loosely connected to Night Waking, which is set in our time, while the duology is historical fiction. You cans tart with both Night Waking or this @Cinfhen both are great in their own way 👍 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m worried it‘s gonna be too YA @Kalalalatja what do u think ?? 7mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen no, no not YA at all! It is definitely books for adults. Most of Moss‘ books deals with themes like parenthood (mostly motherhood), feminism, family relationships, both healthy and unhealthy. No love triangles, no teenage angst in these books 7mo
Cinfhen Oooh!! Good to know @Kalalalatja thanks 👍🏻😁 7mo
TrishB Definitely not YA. Night Waking really spoke to me about the juggle of small kids and trying to have a career. No such thing as a perfect mum and we‘re judged every day! 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Kalalalatja Love Moss 👌 7mo
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Kalalalatja
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Ally and May‘s mother, Elizabeth isn‘t just an #IcePrincess, she‘s the Ice Queen! Never have I read about a mom who manipulates, mentally abuse and neglects her children in such a way, while consealing it all in a presentable and charitable front. I really detest her, but I guess that‘s what makes her a great literary character.

#NoFemmeber

LeahBergen I really must try Sarah Moss! 13mo
Kalalalatja @LeahBergen yes! I really think you will like her books 👍 13mo
Moray_Reads She's a despicable character. The cruelty and the self-righteousness 😠 13mo
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Billypar These sound like the kind of books where you find yourself shouting at the pages- cruelty against children is tough to take. I'm sure she makes a good villain to say the least! 13mo
Cinfhen Stunning covers!!! 13mo
Kalalalatja @Moray_Reads she is the biggest martyr, and I can‘t deal with it 🙄 @Billypar definitely! I was so angry and sad on behalf of the kids/teens/adults, since she acts this way all through their childhood and into their adulthood 13mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen they certainly are! 👌 13mo
ephemeralwaltz Pretty! 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Katja, your package of love has arrived! It‘s fantastic! I may have gasped a little loudly when I unwrapped each book because my husband stared at me. The bookplate stickers are cool and chocolates are always great (between my kids and I, they‘ll be gone in no time). Thank YOU so much, I appreciate and love everything! ❤️🤗
@Kalalalatja
#Litsymail #Litsylove

LeahBergen How lovely! 😍 1y
TrishB Lovely gifts 💕 1y
Cathythoughts Wow ! Fab presents to receive 💫💫💫 1y
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Kalalalatja Yay, glad it made its way to you ❤️ hope you enjoy it all! 1y
zsuzsanna_reads Brilliant books! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja thanks, you spoilt me! 😘 1y
youneverarrived Lovely gifts 😍 1y
Kalalalatja 😘💕 1y
rohit-sawant How wonderful! 😍 1y
batsy Beautiful presents 💕 1y
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Kalalalatja
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All of these books made me think #doesyourmotherknow what the hell she‘s doing, because she‘s doing it wrong! #BadMoms

#ABBAinAugust

emilyhaldi LOL so many #badmoms 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Clay Girl!!! Ari❤️ 1y
Reviewsbylola Omg yes for Everything Everything!!!! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Ha! Great interpretation 😁 1y
Meredith3 Hahahaha 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Cinfhen Love the hashtag 😂😂😂 1y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch @erzascarletbookgasm @Meredith3 @Cinfhen I‘m just glad my mom isn‘t like any of these moms 😂 1y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola I knooooow! I couldn‘t deal with her! 1y
Kalalalatja @JanuarieTimewalker13 love Ari ❤️❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts I never finished Bodies of Light ... just didn‘t really hold me. Not sure why ... I know most love it 1y
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Kalalalatja
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May and Ally have a mother that will make you say #MamaMia! And not in a good way 😳😳

#AbbaInAugust

Meredith3 Cover is gorgeous 🥀 1y
Mitch I love that book. Sarah Moss tells such a good story. I think she has a new one coming out in October..... 1y
Cinfhen @Cathythoughts is reading this now!!! 1y
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emilyhaldi BAD mom!!! 👎🏻💔 good book 😉 1y
Reviewsbylola This sounds so good. 1y
Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen this mother is cruel ... I also listened to Sarah Moss on you tube .... very interesting her understanding of women who fought for change ... not always the most likable of women ?! How could they be ?! Sarah Moss was very interesting on this topic. It made sense to me 🤷🏻‍♀️ sadly . But I liked SM steady approach- no romanticizing. Have a listen ... very enlightening (edited) 1y
Kalalalatja @Mitch I love her! And I‘m so excited for her new book 👏👏 @emilyhaldi So true 😄😄 @Reviewsbylola I can highly recommend it! @Cathythoughts thanks for the tip, I will! I love Sarah Moss ❤️ 1y
Mdargusch Sounds good! And that cover is 👌🏼 1y
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Cathythoughts
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#ABBAinAugust #MammaMia currently listening to Bodies of Light & reading How Many Miles to Babylon. 2 books in which the mammas are not of the warm & loving kind 💔

Cinfhen Nothing makes me sadder than awful moms 😢 1y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen , I know ! It breaks my heart. Hope all is well with you & yours ❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Thanks, Cathy! We׳re moving forward on the way to healing!! He‘s feeling pretty good and meeting up with the rest of his group later today. I think being with his friends will be good for him😊 1y
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I‘m so glad to hear your good news, yes being with his friends is so important ❤️ (edited) 1y
Mdargusch Bad moms = 💔💔💔 1y
SledgeReader I‘m coming in at the last hour but can‘t agree more. Great moms make all the difference. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Reviewsbylola Love the cover of Bodies of Light. 1y
Meredith3 I‘m so glad I have a warm and loving mom! @Mdargusch 👋🏻😽💕 1y
emilyhaldi Bodies of Light is a beautiful book but dreary and depressing too... which I happen to love 🖤 and boy are you right about the bad mom factor 👎🏻 1y
Mdargusch 😘😘😘 @Meredith3 1y
Cathythoughts @Meredith3 I‘m so glad you do too ! And how lovely for your mum to hear you say so @Mdargusch lots of love in your family ❤️ (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola I do agree ! I love this cover too 1y
Cathythoughts @emilyhaldi it‘s very good .. I like dreary & depressing too. Only halfway.. the jury is still out if I‘ll read another. But I‘ll def finish this one. 1y
Cathythoughts @SledgeReader yes ❤️. All the difference in the world. 1y
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Cathythoughts
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Next Audible up for me ... 🤞🏻... I think it will be good

TrishB This sounds fab 👍🏻 1y
RachelO 💕💕💕 (Love this one!) 1y
Libby1 This looks really good. Enjoy! 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @RachelO @Libby1 A couple of chapters in ... writing is beautiful, very good start 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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emilyhaldi
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Ally's mother, Elizabeth, is a rigid riligious extremist, always working to elevate herself to a moral #higherground. It doesn't bode well for Ally, who is unable to meet the standards set by her sanctimonious mother, no matter her success. This is a dark look at a nineteenth century English upbringing in the midst of the suffragette movement. I will definitely be reading more of Moss!!
#getmovin

emilyhaldi Thanks @Kalalalatja for the recommendation!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
saresmoore Great review! I will definitely be reading this! 2y
Reviewsbylola You and @Kalalalatja have convinced me I should read this. 2y
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DebinHawaii This sounds good! Stacking! 📚📚📚 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good! I‘ve only heard of this author because of Litsy. 😊 Yes, I remember @Kalalalatja posted about this author. 👍 2y
readordierachel Ooh, this sounds excellent! 2y
Cinfhen Sara Moss is so beloved on Litsy and I just found out she‘s a local mainline (philly) author @DivineDiana 2y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi Woohoo, I‘m so glad you liked it, and great review 👏 @Reviewsbylola @erzascarletbookgasm she writes some amazing books! 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I could swear she‘s from the UK? You sure it‘s the same Sarah Moss? 😄 2y
Cinfhen Hmmm, I‘m pretty sure @Kalalalatja maybe I‘m mixing up my Sarah‘s who write fantasy!?! lol I‘ll need to confirm with my brother, he‘s the one who told me 2y
Cinfhen So google tells me you‘re right @Kalalalatja 🙌🏻now I need to figure out who‘s the local Philly girl!?!! 🤔🤭 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen Phew, I was afraid I had read something completely wrong 😅 and this Sarah Moss doesn‘t write fantasy, so they definitely sound like two persons 👯‍♀️ 2y
LeahBergen I love this cover! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen It‘s a mystery! 2y
Cinfhen I remember now!!! It‘s Sarah J Mass @DivineDiana @Kalalalatja and her husband is believe it or not a cabinetry artist who‘s working on my SIL sister‘s house in Lower Merion, Diana!!! Thank God my fuzzy brain remembered!!!!! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I had no idea! Now, I need to read one of her books! 🙂 2y
Cathythoughts This cover is amazing ❤️ 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I think this might be my favourite Moss! Set in Victorian Britain, it follows the life of Alethea Moberly, who wants to be a doctor. Each chapter starts with a description of a painting, often painted by Ally‘s father, which in some way is connected to the following chapter, which is in itself a picture of a family dealing with expectations, discipline, class and early feminism. And now I need to learn more about asylums at that time!

RachelO I loved this book! 2y
Mitch Me too! 2y
MinDea Sounds interesting! Stacked! 📚 2y
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LeahBergen I‘ve had this stacked for a while! 2y
ju.ca.no Sounds intriguing 😊 2y
emilyhaldi More Moss!!! And I still haven‘t read one yet, even after all of your rave reviews. This might have to be prioritized... 2y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi YES! Her books are quiet and kind of slow, but still deal with big issues and emotions. I have read three of her books now, and loved every single one 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @RachelO @Mitch it was so, so good! @MinDea @LeahBergen @ju.ca.no if you like the Victorian Era, feminism and dysfunctional families, this is definitely one for you 👍 2y
ju.ca.no @Kalalalatja sounds great😍😍 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I finished the tagged book last night, so my stats finished with a total of 26 books in January 👏👏

#RecommendationsChallenge2018 #Booked2018 #ERMadLibs

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👍🏻 2y
TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 2y
ju.ca.no Impressive!👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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hes7 Yay! 🎉 2y
ephemeralwaltz Wow!! Impressive!🎉😱 2y
valeriegeary I am so far behind on the booked challenge! 🙈 I've only read one so far! I better hurry up and get reading! Ack! What am I doing here on Litsy!? 😄 2y
Cinfhen Whoa!!!! I was feeling pretty smug at 19....amazing 🙌🏻❣️ 2y
Kalalalatja @valeriegeary haha I was lucky, a lot of the books were some I was really excited to read, so I just couldn‘t wait 😄 @Cinfhen this will not happen again. I don‘t even know how it happened in the first place 😄 2y
Cinfhen It's nice when the reading gods align with the universe 😉 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Post-readathon treat yourself moment earlier today 👌

#currentlyreading

Mitch ❤️ Sarah Moss 2y
Tamra Gorgeous cover! 2y
BarbaraBB You‘re always taking such good care of yourself when reading. I love that! 2y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I‘m a firm believer in no restrictions and treating yourself, so I try to do it as much as I can! Life‘s too short to not eat cake while reading 😉 @Mitch she is wonderful! @Tamra I‘m crazy about it too! 👌 2y
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Lindy
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Two daughters of a morally imperious woman in 19th-century Manchester take different paths. One is like her mother, just as hard on her own two girls, who in turn take different paths. Artists, prostitutes, the first women to become medical doctors... there are many fascinating characters and the period is evoked in vivid details. Audiobook narrated by Meriel Scholfield.

TrishB Like the sound of that! 3y
Lindy @TrishB If you like reading about women's lives in other times, you will enjoy this. 😊 3y
shawnmooney "Morally imperious"! ????❤ 3y
TrishB Definitely on the list! 3y
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Lindy
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Ally swallows. The only good thing about junket is that it goes down easily. [...] Ally's spoon bounces on her junket like a smack on a bare leg.

[Shades of O Caledonia, am I right? @shawnmooney @saresmoore @DeborahSmall @LeahBergen ]

Donna_sBookMinute Somebody was just talking about junket in Anna K. I thought I remembered that it's a pudding or an ingredient in pudding. 🍮 3y
ApoptyGina69 I remember hearing of it for the first time in 3y
Lindy @Donna_sBookMinute Yes, that's exactly right. Junket tablets are rennet (an ingredient) and the pudding you make with them is also called junket. 3y
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Lindy @ApoptyGina69 Wow! Popping up all over! I heard about it in a book as a child but can't remember which one. My mother assured me that it was nasty and that's why she wouldn't make it. 3y
saresmoore Ha! That's a great analogy for the spoon smack. It seems like the prevailing literary opinion of junket is aligned with your mother's, Lindy! 3y
Lindy @saresmoore In the novel, lighter moments like this sometimes include a reminder of the darker reality: Ally's mother believes that pain is a useful reminder to strive always to be perfect. 3y
shawnmooney Indeed! 3y
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Lindy
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It seems more like an animal than a person, and not even a pet which would purr or wag its tail to show pleasure, but an insect, a venomous insect, a reptile. Except that reptiles, she believes, are usually silent. She understands exactly why nursemaids drug babies. The baby is still crying.

saresmoore Ha! Reminiscent of Janet's feelings on babies. 3y
Lindy @saresmoore Yes, except in this case it's the baby's mother, and she's severely depressed. This part of the novel is making me very sad. 3y
saresmoore Having experienced severe postpartum depression, I can imagine it's tough to read. The fact that mothers, babies, or committed adult relationships can survive it is truly amazing. 3y
Lindy @saresmoore Indeed. I used one of John Tenniel's illustrations to lighten the tragedy. 3y
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RachelO
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#siblings #aprilbookshowers

Because Ally 💔. And I've almost recovered enough to read May's story now.

And I haven't raved about Sarah Moss for months, so...

Lindy Bodies of Light audiobook is up next for me when I finish my current listen. Glad to see it's got a lot of love. 😊 3y
RachelO @Lindy Hope you enjoy. It finally convinced me that audiobooks could be amazing rather than a tolerable convenience! 3y
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RachelO
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So here's my #augustwrapup - and I've so enjoyed doing the #augustphotochallenge this month. Thank you @TheSpinecrackersBookClub !

Glad (& quite surprised) I matched last month's stats - and i'm still gushing over a book I finished at the very start of the month.

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RachelO
Bodies of Light | Sarah Moss

So here's my #augustwrapup - and I've so enjoyed doing the #augustphotochallenge this month. Thank you @TheSpinecrackersBookClub !

Glad (& quite surprised) I matched last month's stats - and i'm still gushing over a book I finished at the very start of the month.

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peggyriley
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...in the end, all women's speech is considered to be merely personal.

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peggyriley
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An over-hot bath with this gorgeous thing, buoyed by the strength of its prose.

RachelO Glad you're enjoying it - think it's my read of the year so far. So gorgeous! 3y
bedandabook Absolutely beautiful cover. 3y
peggyriley I heard it was good from so many on Twitter, but I had no idea how good! 3y
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RachelO
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Just wonderful. A #recommendsday and #www pick - Sarah Moss - my new favourite author. I started this knowing nothing about it, and was hooked from the word go. Ally broke my heart over and over again. So much I didn't know or hadn't thought about the early days of the women's suffrage movement. This manages to pack in beautiful painterly writing and descriptions of anxiety that knock you sideways, while still being full of warmth and hope.

MrBook Great review. Love this picture! 3y
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RachelO
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My final one for #24in48. How have I only just discovered Sarah Moss? And the audio is wonderful! Loving this!

ReadingEnvy I think I heard about her on The Readers but hadn't before!! 3y
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