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The Other's Gold
The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
11 posts | 6 read | 26 to read
An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning points Assigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorne College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The leafy green campus they move through together, the idyllic window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence awakens in them ignites an all-encompassing love with one another. But they soon find their bonds--forged in joy, and fused by fear--must weather threats that originate from beyond the dark forests of their childhoods, and come at them from institutions, from one another, and ultimately, from within themselves. The Other's Gold follows the four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake--the Accident, the Accusation, the Kiss, and the Bite--this complex yet compulsively readable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving. A joyful, big-hearted book that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences of Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own.
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MelissaSue81
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Oh my. What a hot mess of a book. The description sounded SO good, but it was so bad. The four main characters were so underdeveloped that I could not differentiate them from each other. The storylines were disjointed and not told in a way that made sense plot wise. And the final story was just so WTAF that I wanted to throw the book across the room.

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MelissaSue81
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Is it just me or does this very long sentence not make sense?

Librarybelle It‘s oddly constructed. 🤔 3w
smilingshelves I would not want to try to diagram that sentence! 3w
TheAromaofBooks It's always awkward when you aren't sure what the point of the sentence is! 3w
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Skeebies05
The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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Ok, yes, this does very much confuse people. Two Kansas Cities in two different states. Yes, the bigger city is the Missouri version. Blows peoples minds who are not from here. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Hoopiefoot
The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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Last stack of library holds for the year before I switch over to reading my own books for the rest of the year. What a stack to go out on—I‘m looking forward to every single one of these!

Sace The Nickel Boys was really good. 1mo
Mandoul I loved Sakyong Mipham, who got me running again after a long break! Hope you enjoy 😀 3w
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Christine
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I was impressed by this intense, sometimes wild, often relatable story of female friendship and its complex, emotionally rich characters who make some big bad decisions yet plenty of good ones along the way. Great Julia Whelan narration, too. Love this quote: “It was not possible to rescue anyone, she knew by now, but you could recognize her. You could see what she showed you, flinch and keep looking, let her find in your own face the truth.”

Megabooks Sounds great! 2mo
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monalyisha
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A book about female friendship, recommended by Jesmyn Ward, & compared to “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer?

God(dess), yes. I‘m SO in.

TheNerdyProfessor I just picked this one up too! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I added it to my TBR as soon as I got that GR email from Jesmyn Ward! 2mo
monalyisha @MicheleinPhilly Right? Good sell! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly @monalyisha Me too! If it‘s good enough for Jesmyn… 2mo
rachelsbrittain Jesmyn Ward's recommendation got me too 😂 2mo
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Hazel0303
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Mehso-so

I'm falling into the so-so camp on this. I feel awful about it, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I blame myself more than the author.

Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2758615051

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Hazel0303
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#currentlyreading I think going to be a 2-3 star. Disappointing for sure.

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mrozzz
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I‘ve been on a roller coaster of emotion these last several weeks. My husband & I got news that a friend passed away unexpectedly at age 29 & though it took a day to hit me, it really packed a wallop. I wasn‘t reading much as we waited for a date for the wake/funeral and then we spent the past weekend crying & remembering him. The shining light through it all, aside from the rest of our dear friends was a job offer (!!!) and, always, new books 💕

BennettBookworm So sorry for your loss 3mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your friend. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m so sorry Mel. ❤️ 3mo
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squirrelbrain So sorry to hear about your loss - thinking of you and your husband 3mo
TrishB Sorry to hear 💔 3mo
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss. 3mo
Litlady So sorry .. thinking of you. 💔 ((Hugs)) 3mo
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BarbaraBB Oh how horrible. Wishing you lots of strength ❤️ 3mo
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Megabooks I‘m so sorry for your loss, but I‘m glad there is the silver lining of a new job. 💙💙💙 I really enjoyed The Swallows. 3mo
emtobiasz I‘m so sorry for your loss. I hope that job offer is a weight off your mind, even if your heart is heavy ❤️ 3mo
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mrozzz @Megabooks Thank you so much. 💗 The job is going to certainly help focus myself elsewhere, thank goodness. I'm very excited for The Swallows- it lifted my spirits when I opened the package and saw that I'd won a finished copy. 3mo
mrozzz @emtobiasz 💖 💖 💖 Thank you. Yes definitely, and I was honest with the new company about what I've been going through and they offered to help in any way they can. It was great to have something good come up amidst the very sad. 3mo
mcipher I‘m so sorry for your loss. That‘s such a rough thing to go through. Sending you best wishes for the new job and for making it through this tough time. ♥️ 2mo
mrozzz @mcipher thank you so so much. 💗 We are taking it one day at a time and keeping him in our thoughts 2mo
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JSW
The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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Incisive, honest and recognizable story about four women and their friendship over time and through tough events. The author never forces happy endings or reckonings; this will either be refreshing to you or you will be frustrated by the grey area. I found it a wonderful and deeply satisfying read. It‘s so great when women are allowed to be complex and imperfect, yet still loveable and worthy Of loyalty.

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BeckyMerilatt
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A story about four friends, each section focused on a massive mistake and the ways that they get through the fallout together. It was beautifully written, with so much empathy and compassion and description so vivid and emotional. I loved it. On sale 8/27.

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