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Springtime
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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When Frances met Charlie at a party in Melbourne, he was married with a young son. Now that the couple has moved to subtropical Sydney, a lusher and more chaotic city, Frances has an unshakable sense that the world has tipped on its axis. Everything seems alien, and exotic--and Frances is haunted by the unknowability of Charlie's previous life. A young art historian studying the objects in paintings--the material world--Frances takes mind-clearing walks around her neighborhood with her dog. Behind the fence of one garden, she thinks she sees a woman in an old-fashioned gown, but something is not right. It's as if the garden exists in a vacuum suspended in time, "at an angle to life." Springtime is a ghost story that doesn't conform to the genre's traditions of dark and stormy nights, graveyards and ruins. It breaks new ground by unfolding in sunny, suburban Australia, and the realism of the characters and events make the story's ambiguities and eeriness all the more disquieting. The richness of observation here is immediately recognizable as Michelle de Kretser's, a writer who has been praised by Hilary Mantel as a master of "the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail."
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ralexist
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Completed my Litsy Booked2019 Spring Challenge just under the wire.

1. Night-oriented Title
2. Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction)
3. Indigenous Author
4. Features a Musician
5. Social Media Focus
6. Food or Beverage on the Cover


#Booked2019 #Spring #Nightorientedtitle #CliFi #IndigenousAuthor #featuresamusician #SocialMediaFocus #FoodorBeverageontheCover

BarbaraTheBibliophage Whew! Great job! 5mo
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Mitch
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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A much prettier picture would have been of the springtime packets on their way to @wanderinglynn and @AmyG But that would have involved remembering to do that before I dropped them at the Post Office 🤣

Soubhiville You must be getting so excited for this weekend!!! I‘m excited for you 📚📚📚😃 7mo
wanderinglynn 💜💜💜 7mo
AmyG 😘😘😘 7mo
Mitch @Soubhiville miss you xxxx 7mo
Soubhiville Awww, 💕💕💕, I‘ll be thinking of you! 7mo
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MrBook
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

RadicalReader 😂😂😂😂 8mo
C.Perone 😂 8mo
wordzie 😁😂 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahaha! Cute! 8mo
Ddzmini OMG 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
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ads0123
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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I forgot to post this on Saturday! Thank you soooooo much @KatieDid927 Everything is awesome!!

#springtimeathogwartsswap

KatieDid927 Aww yay, you‘re welcome! 🤗 8mo
Amabear Awesome package! I have the same HP character. Have you had a chance to mail the LMPBC book for this month? :) 8mo
ads0123 @Amabear it‘s in the mail!! It should be there either tomorrow or Saturday! 7mo
Amabear @ads0123 awesome! Thanks! 7mo
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Jerdencon
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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1. Me and my little guy on St. Pats day
2. Be outside in warm sunshine ( although that doesn‘t usually happen until May around here)
3. “Don‘t cry because it‘s over, smile because it happened” Dr. Seuss
4. @mariaku21
@Eggs #wonderouswdnesday

Eggs What a sweet pic 💗 8mo
mariaku21 Awesome pic @Jerdencon 8mo
Tamra 💚 8mo
mdhughes72 Aww, love it!! 8mo
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Samplergal
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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🐊 Our Rv in the Everglades
🐊 when I lived in a place that had spring, I looked forward to getting the flower beds and lawn looking good. Now, we hang out at the pool. Taking the dogs to the dog park is good too!
🐊 Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
🐊 If you are reading this, you are tagged!

#wonderouswednesday

Eggs Wow that is one nice rig!!! Happy Spring 😊 8mo
Samplergal @Eggs Thanks! Two slide outs on the other side give us plenty of room. ❤️ 8mo
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MrBook
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

SW-T Love it! 😂😂😂 8mo
RealBooks4ever 😆💜 8mo
Marilyncjackson This made me laugh loud which made the dog jump up 😂🤣😂 8mo
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MrsV 🤣 8mo
bookaholic1 😂😂😂 8mo
LoverofLit Took me a second 😂😂 8mo
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DHill
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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It doesn‘t look like much yet but this is the first time all year I‘ve been able to sit in my favorite outdoor spot and read. #tryingtobespringiniowa

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LeahBergen
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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1. +6C. It snowed all weekend and now I‘ve been listening to it melt off the roof all day.
2. Rhubarb Streusel Muffins. I have a monster-size plant in my yard.
3. Whatever surprise book shows up in my #JaneAustenSwap. 💕

Thanks for the tag, @rohit-sawant ! I‘ll tag whoever else wants to play along.

#SpringHasSprung
@blithebuoyant

Melissa_J Those muffins sound delicious! I love rhubarb! 2y
blithebuoyant I've actually never had rhubarb! 2y
Kalalalatja I want to try those muffins! 2y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J @Kalalalatja They‘re really good. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @blithebuoyant Is it not a local plant where you live? 2y
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CouronneDhiver
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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New shoes for #spring #audiowalks !
🌷🌤☔️

(Too early, but whatever. I‘m in denial about the 3 or 4 more weeks of winter that may be coming)

ValerieAndBooks Cute shoes!! 2y
JoScho Love the polka dots ❤️ 2y
minkyb This post made me smile! 2y
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CouronneDhiver Yay! @minkyb I‘m very excited for warmer weather this year! ☀️ 2y
Maria514626 The dotted shoes in particular are the best! Is #bookshoes a thing? Should be. 2y
CouronneDhiver I got all three pairs for a total of $14.50 + tax... might go back and choose some more 😊 @Maria514626 2y
gradcat Love those polka-dot shoes!! 😍 10mo
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Branwen
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Roxas enjoying some late afternoon spring sunshine on my writing desk! 😽☀️ #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Cinfhen Great ohoto 2y
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Kshakal
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Even though there is snow in the forecast for later in the week I am still excited that I can see a good portion of my grass in my yard!! Happy first day of spring everyone!! #springtime #marchinbooks @maich

SilversReviews We are to get snow too. 2y
SilversReviews @Kshakal I am in Western Pennsylvania - You? 2y
SilversReviews @Kshakal 😍 Pretty far away from Pennsylvania. 😍 Stay safe and warm. We have freezing rain right now. 2y
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Hooked_on_books
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Mehso-so

I am somewhat dissatisfied with this novella (long short story?). I liked the characters and the narrative arc, but right at the end an entire handful of glimpses is thrown at you and I want to know more about those! I feel like there‘s more here. #readaroundtheworld #Australia

catiewithac Doggo! 🐾 2y
JenP That‘s too bad ☹️ 2y
Currey But I love your reading companion, too bad about the book 2y
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ReadingEnvy
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Not really a ghost story the way you think if it, but interesting tale that includes sometimes funny/biting social observations, the seeming culture war between Melbourne and Sydney, and a small mystery. It also manages to examine how a relationship changes and how individuals change. Blink and you might miss it. The layout of the book is very pretty, with entire pages of flowers drawings.

sisilia Lovely cover! 2y
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Bibliogeekery
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Some audiobook and spring cleaning this morning! It's a bit chilly with the window open but it's starting to smell like spring and I couldn't resist!

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Sale time at Powell's! Just in case you need more books 😁

http://www.powells.com/spring/?utm_source=specials&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign...

ocdIrene I didn't see this post. Nope. Did. Not. At. All. 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @ocdIrene 😁😁😁😁😁 3y
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LitsyFeministBookClub
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Happy spring from all of us! We hope the changing season brings you new beginnings, renewed spirits, and great book releases! xx

What are you excited for this spring? What books are you looking forward to the most?

🌷🌸

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HardcoverHearts
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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That moment when the third book of the day has a passage throwing shade at the writer of your first book of the day. You get a heavy side eye, Michelle De Kristen!! #readathon

"Vanessa's favorite write was Alexander McCall Smith."

Lindy I like this! 3y
Brona I just read this last week. Should have saved it for today - the perfect quick easy read for #readathon. 3y
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HardcoverHearts
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Ok- showered and have ventured outside with my book 3 options for #readathon . Do I pick the spooky ghost story (Springtime by Michelle De Kretser), The Hour of the Star by Brazil's famed Clarice Lispector. Or the mystery Five Children and It by E. Nesbit?! Maybe a choice will be clear when my spicy veggie ramen comes. #toomanychoices #bookloverproblems #alwaysbereading

Notafraidofwords The hour of the star is so weird but so good. 3y
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Soscha
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Pickpick

Quite a bit to unpack here in a ghost story of less than 100 pages.

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BookishFeminist
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Pickpick

Under 100pgs, this beautifully written book takes place in suburban Australia, where Frances is haunted by Charlie's previous life, a man she met at a party. De Kretser is keenly observant as she unwraps layers of ghosts, whether otherworldly or human, while walking her dog. She has emotional bite. 🌼 #ReadWomen

shawnmooney You totally sold me! 3y
Joanne1 You had me at "under 100 pages"! 3y
MMFinck Seconded to both. Would that be third-ed? Fourthed? ;) 3y
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prowlix Beautiful picture! 3y
BookishFeminist @shawnmooney Enjoy! At least even if you don't it won't be much time spent! 3y
BookishFeminist @Joanne1 LOL yep! That sold me too. I've been in a book slump lately & just needed something to get me going again. Read the whole thing from the bathtub last night! 3y
BookishFeminist @MMF LOL, whichever you prefer. :p hope you enjoy!! 3y
BookishFeminist @prowlix Thanks! Courtesy of my mom's bed sheets from the 80s 😜 3y
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bandigiu
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Catapult.co covers are so pretty!! 💚They never fail to grab my attention. The blurbs praising Michelle de Kretser by Ursula LeGuin and A.S. Byatt did not hurt either...

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Lupita.Reads
Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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Pickpick

YAS! What a powerful little book! Not only is the cover stunning and the book flaps and the pages too! But the actual story- my goodness so much to examine and discuss. Labeled "ghost story" consider the term "ghost" very broadly. Love love love it!

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