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Pull Me Under
Pull Me Under: A Novel | Kelly Luce
217 posts | 94 read | 1 reading | 222 to read
A searing debut novel from one of the most imaginative minds in fiction Kelly Luce's Pull Me Under tells the story of Rio Silvestri, who, when she was twelve years old, fatally stabbed a school bully. Rio, born Chizuru Akitani, is the Japanese American daughter of the revered violinist Hiro Akitani--a Living National Treasure in Japan and a man Rio hasn't spoken to since she left her home country for the United States (and a new identity) after her violent crime. Her father's death, along with a mysterious package that arrives on her doorstep in Boulder, Colorado, spurs her to return to Japan for the first time in twenty years. There she is forced to confront her past in ways she never imagined, pushing herself, her relationships with her husband and daughter, and her own sense of who she is to the brink. The novel's illuminating and palpably atmospheric descriptions of Japan and its culture, as well its elegantly dynamic structure, call to mind both Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being and David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. Pull Me Under is gripping, psychologically complex fiction--at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness.
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MDodge
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Finished this in hour 13 of my #24in48. This was really tough in some ways but also a book I couldn‘t stop reading. So good. Definitely getting sleepy but I want to do a few more hours today... @24in48

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Godpants
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I really enjoyed this one. It‘s incredibly sad and beautiful.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

Rio tries to leave her past behind and finds things unraveling after her estranged father dies. While I love the premise and there was some beautiful writing here, ultimately I found myself unsatisfied. #botm

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

TheBookStacker Look that that lil pupper face! 😍 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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Well now. That‘s quite the opening paragraph.

sisilia I love this book ❤️ 1y
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whimsy
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Chizuru Akatani is the daughter of a legendary Japanese musician, but it does nothing for her. Her dad is distant, her mom is dead. And she's a hafu, half-Japanese, half-American. She's violently bullied in school, and next thing we know, someone dies.

That is just the first few chapters.

I'm a sucker for premises like this. This didn't disappoint, I thought it could have used more finesse instead of drawing out some scenes like fish entrails.

whimsy Nevertheless a very original work, I give Luce that. And she's definitely done her research. 2y
whimsy I can't help but imagine how the book would end if say a Japanese author pens it, I imagine the tone would be different. Lot darker? 2y
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Laughterhp
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Hi Friends! Anyone interested in swapping books for any of these books?

My local bookstore only takes paperbacks, so I can‘t trade these in. 😒

They don‘t have to be #BOTM books to swap, I would prefer newer books in great or very good condition.

Let me know! 😊

#SpringCleaning #PreparingToEventuallyMove

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haanim
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I won this in a @Robothugs giveaway. How lucky ☺️💜 thank you Jen! 💜

sisilia I loved this book 😍 2y
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Magpiegem
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This book wasn‘t exactly what I expected. I think I expected more mystery when actually it was a book looking at belonging and regret. There were things pointed towards which I personally would of liked more explanation of but the book did keep me gripped and was written beautifully. So I would recommend it

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Magpiegem
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Today I celebrate five years of motherhood by dropping the birthday boy at school and treating myself to a very millennial breakfast with my current read... ah peace (for once!)

Kaye I remember those days. I used to tell my kids I Need To Listen To Quiet. 🤫 They thought it was funny and wondered how you can listen to no sound. I think they may understand a bit more now they‘re grown. 2y
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Magpiegem
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I‘m currently on placement as I train to be a counsellor and I‘m sitting around waiting. Luckily I have this lovely book to keep me company in the empty office and a (flamingo) coffee to keep me awake 😊

Oryx Great mug! 2y
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Magpiegem

“My husband is a good man, and I have many friends, but it‘s when I‘m on my way to a foreign city that I feel most alive” As recently ex cabin crew I concur- I miss it so much.

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Magpiegem

So first up on my #litsyAtoZ / #attackthestack challenge line up crossing off P is Pull me under which I got for Christmas so apparently I‘m doing a last In first out kinda thing with my bookshelf. This year I will only be reading books I already own and haven‘t read. Only a couple of chapters in but enjoying this one so far 🙂📚📕📗📘📙📚

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JackOBotts
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Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. Luce explores the theme of identity: how does one‘s past define (& control) an individual? Can you truly shut out your past and ignore who you once were?

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JackOBotts
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“I‘m a fan of unforgiveness...”

I didn‘t expect to enjoy this novel as much as I am. Complex character histories, grappling with tragedy, loss, recovery.

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JackOBotts
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Some thoughts about #bookmarks. True that I often cannot find one when I need one, but I love them all the same. And I totally agree with Sal about leaving books open and facedown: your beautiful spine! #bookquirks #bookishquirks #bookmarkswap

BekahPat I am bad about turning my paperbacks face down. It is just so darn convenient. 2y
JackOBotts LOL @BekahPat - Even with paperbacks I try so hard to keep the spine “fresh” - maybe a little compulsive, no? 😉🙄 2y
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JackOBotts
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Nearly a year later...let‘s go! 📚

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BritanyA
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: brilliant writing and interesting storyline. Just felt a little flat to me and hoping I️ remember this one down the road. Still need to think of this one ...

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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THANK YOU, @Reviewsbylola !! It‘s like you read my mind!! My #Halloweengoespostal package is amazing! Im starting this one today, and Im dying to get to In the Kingdom of Ice because polar exploration is my JAM!! We‘re also starting to watch the series on Zelda, so this book is perfect! So many awesome things! Socks! Bookmark! Tote! Chocolate! You‘re the BEST!!!!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Reviewsbylola Also have to tell you that the bookmark is so cool! Bookmark technology at its finest! 2y
Cinfhen 😍😍😍 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m glad you love it! I had fun perusing all your shelves on GR and I knew you needed Kingdom of Ice. It‘s fantastic! 2y
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Mdargusch We loved Kingdom of Ice in our family book club. It‘s an amazing story. I see @Reviewsbylola sent you some of her favorite candy. 😆 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes, I love caramel m&ms. 😁😁😁 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch Ive been wanting to try those!! My boy saw them on the table and I think I growled at him to back off. 2y
Bookzombie 💝 2y
LeahBergen Great gifts! 😍 2y
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Nikki15
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Mehso-so

Really loved this book at the start; it was fast paced and the character of Chizuru was developed well. The rest of the story was ok but not amazing. The plot is quite slow and Luce doesn‘t really develop the character of Rio. A little disappointing as I was really looking forward to this.

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Nikki15
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Really enjoying the start of this. Reading has definitely made me feel a little better today #readingescape

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mrozzz
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I love going to the library...... babe wasn't happy (I currently have 24 books checked out- 3 are for him) because I have a huge stack already, but as I remind him when he wants to keep me from going to the library: AT LEAST I DID NOT BUY THESE 🤗🤓📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 #libraryhaul #bookhaul

Riveted_Reader_Melissa True story! Tell him look on the bright side👍 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Well OK then. I'm sold. #BOTM #ClearTheBacklog

EvieBee My library usually purchases all of the BOTM selections, except this one! I have been trying to get my hands on it since it came out. I think I'll just join BOTM for reals (not just for the trial) and order a back copy of this one. (edited) 2y
LauraBeth I love a good confront your past and deal with it story! 2y
Suet624 Yowzer. 2y
LeahBergen I'll be needing this. Stacked! 2y
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Anatalksbooks
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Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Published: November 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 0374238588
Hardcover - 272 Pages

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SavidgeReads
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Rio Silvestri is a wife, mother and nurse. She lives in America and has what she thinks, and more importantly others think, is a typical life. When her father dies She returns to Japan the country where she was infamous as Chizuru, a girl who murdered another student. Great premise, really interesting read. Lots of themes about identity, what we tell ourselves vs other people. A gripping dark literary novel of unravelling & rebuilding ourselves.

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brennahawleycraig
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Current read (with a cat hunting a spider in the background). Not sure it's for me, but we will see how I feel when I'm done. #catsoflitsy

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EllieDottie
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Here are some of my #botm selections from my library! I've only read one of these books, the woman in cabin 10, but I really liked it! #readingwomenmonth

Gayan I have a whole shelf full and started another. I have been doing so many retreads. I must do better. 😉 3y
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Karkar

Just finished this one. While it was not what I was expecting for being marketed as a thriller, I was good. I would say it more of a woman coming to grips with her past and starting to learn how to move forward.

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Jolynne
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Mehso-so

Just so-so.

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Beachesnbooks
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This was actually my first Book of the Month pick back in December but I'm just now getting to it...oops. I like it so far (I'm about 2/3 of the way through) but I do feel like there's been too many convenient coincidences happening in the plot. What did you guys think?

bitterbear I didn't care for this novel at all... 3y
Beachesnbooks @bitterbear Yeah, it was only ok for me...I was really interested in the parts about Japan and Japanese culture, but the character development and plot were not very well done. 3y
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hes7
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I'm doing surprisingly well at sticking to my #MayTBR so far. I'll likely be tackling this one this week. #MayBookFlowers #BlackAndWhiteCovers #BOTM

Cinfhen I liked it! It was a surprise hit for me 💗 (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! 3y
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Beachesnbooks
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Here's my TBR for the #boutofbooks readathon, which goes from May 8-14 and is a low-pressure challenge to read as much as you can in a week. I'm really excited to get to these!

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sprainedbrain
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#MayBookFlowers #blackandwhitecovers

All that I could find on my shelves... the only one I have read so far is Citizen. The rest are still tbr! 😳

bookandcat I loved Pull Me Under! 3y
Reviewsbylola Pull Me Under is fantastic! 3y
batsy I'm embarrassed that I've yet to read Citizen. And I've had my eye on Security for a long time! 3y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Mehso-so

This wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't what I was expecting and not what I usually read. It's marketed as a thriller, and a coming of age story. In truth, this is the story of a middle aged woman learning about the culture from which she was turned away as a child. The writing was good, but I couldn't relate to any of the characters or their experiences.

#immigration for #litsyreadingchallenge

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Crawling back into bed with this one. It's only 7:00pm here, but I'm already tired. It might be time for a coffee break! #readathon

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Robothugs
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Cinfhen Good one!!! I liked it too 😊 3y
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irre
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Love that my local Barnes & Noble has a used books section. My daughter found some good ones and I picked one as well. Got some journals as well. Book store therapy 💕💕

LectricSheep I had no idea that was a thing! 3y
Texreader I wish ours had a used book section. Cool!! 3y
Matilda Love those journals. 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#BookClubPick #BOTM

Wow! I absolutely loved this BOTM book that's been sitting on my shelf for a while. Picked it up because it's a book club pick and I can't wait to discuss it. The unfolding is some of the magic, so don't want to give too much away.

Reviewsbylola This was my first book of 2017 and I chose it on a whim. I lived it so much! 3y
Cinfhen This one was a surprise hit for me too ! Love your graphics 😻 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Looking forward to all of these!!!

Andrew65 Love Steve Berry books. 3y
TNbookworm Love Steve Berry! 3y
Lmstraubie Milk and Honey & The Book of Joy are in my #TBR pile. 3y
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heyitsMacall
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Liked, not loved. The main character is insufferable but the writing is redeeming. I enjoyed learning a tiny bit about Japanese culture through the story.

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heyitsMacall
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I am loving Shinobu. He is the perfect distraction from the main character who is annoying me.

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PunksteR
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Mehso-so

This was...just...so...Meh.
I wasn't on Litsy for weeks, just because I was forcing myself through this book. It's not the book, it's probably me... I'm mainly glad that it is over :)

Below, a photo from my run this morning, to be somewhat supportive of this book.

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Cinfhen
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Day one #LyricalApril #Bittersweetsymphony Pull Me Under features a MC who committed a terrible crime in childhood, leading to an estrangement with her father a famous violinist & Japanese "Living National Treasure" When a mysterious package arrives, years later it leads the MC to a "bittersweet" journey of past, present and forgiveness. #musicalbooks

LeahBergen I like your interpretation of the prompt! Hmm... must think of mine now. 🤔 3y
Cinfhen Eagerly awaiting your post @LeahBergen 3y
TrishB Good one 😀 I haven't got my brain into gear yet! 3y
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Cinfhen That's ok @TrishB whenever you're ready💕💕 3y
brennahawleycraig This is still on my TBR! I hope I like it. 3y
Cinfhen It got some meh reviews but I liked it. I went in with zero expectations, which I think helped! Let me know your thoughts if & when u get to it😊 (edited) 3y
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8little_paws
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Mehso-so

This is about a woman, who as a child murdered a classmate, and how she deals with that and her abandonment by her father when she's an adult. I liked the main moral of the story, about living a half life vs. a full one, and I thought she was interesting as a character. However, I thought the plot points didn't always seem believable.

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rjsthumbelina
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The beginning and the second half felt like 2 different books to me. Started out a little bit thriller, turned a corner toward drama once the main character reunites with Miss Danny. I enjoyed the relationships in the second part more. The big reveal with the letter felt like it hadnt really been led up to. And the ending itself, while good and fitting with what happened in the book, seemed a bit off-kilter from the rest of the story.

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PunksteR
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Suffering has a way of slipping from memory

Hobbinol I love this quote (and pic)👍🏻 3y
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stacybmartin
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'Closure is a joke'. Yes, Rio - I have to agree with you there. I really enjoyed this book, even though it took me awhile to finish. Plus, that cover! 😍

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PunksteR
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Love the artwork on the cover. Wish it wasn't a hardcover though.

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Ashley_Morgan
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I loved this book, my only complaint was that the ending felt way too rushed! I wanted more! It was fascinating to get a glimpse into Japanese culture. If anyone knows of any other good fiction novels with the same cultural setting, I'd love to read them!

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rach_simone
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Riveting from start to finish! I want more - I want to know what happened after the end of the book. #BOTM

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rach_simone
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Enjoying some very fancy pi day snacks while reading!