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Valentine
Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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JenReadsAlot
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Pickpick

This was good. My #doublespin for September @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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Kdgordon88
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#14books14weeks I doubled the challenge with a hardback and a paperback stack and didn‘t quite make it. I did read all of the hardback stack. I read 10 of the paperbacks with 2 DNF‘s and 2 back on the shelf for another day. I‘d like to report that my TBR shelf now has some space but it does not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Thanks Brenda for hosting this challenge!

Ruthiella Excellent results! 5mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy Wow, I'm impressed... congratulations! 5mo
marleed Oh, you inspire me for next summer! 5mo
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elisebarker
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Mehso-so

It wasn‘t what I was expecting based on the description. It was good, but not a Pick for me.

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j9brown
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Pickpick

A tough, grim read. Took a while to get through. Very worthwhile, though. The characters and the setting are beautifully written. I had a hard time with the whole no quotation marks thing in some places, though.
#botm

Tamra Yes, agreed! 5mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Pickpick

This book takes place in a small town in Texas. A girl is attacked and it‘s about the reactions and repercussions of other women in the town. Great character development and a very satisfying ending.

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rachaich
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Pickpick

Good storyline. Interesting writing, different narrators, tenses and person. Sometimes this became confusing although tended to then become clearer.

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rachaich
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I'm enjoying this book although sometimes struggling to remember whom each narrator is.

Tamra I recall the opening is quite discomforting. Not a “pleasant” read, but I hope you end up liking it. 7mo
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sparky89
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"None of the girls have ever seen a grown woman cry this hard, not even at a funeral, and they are all too young to recognize it as rage. .... Now get up."

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amberavidreader
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Pickpick

This was a pretty good book.
Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader‘s heart, this fierce, unflinching, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women‘s strength. Highly recommend!
#amreading

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Cassieloo
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I picked this book up not knowing much about it other than it has a gorgeous cover and is centered around small town drama. I LOVED THIS. I enjoyed all the characters and they are all fleshed out in their own way. This is the type of book I wished we read in high school.

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BittersweetBooks
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In wrath may you remember mercy 🏜

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MelKelsey
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Pickpick

Book 16 Valentine is a well-written novel about rape culture. Set in a small, desert town experiencing an oil boom in the late 60's. It opens on an intense scene of a young teen escaping her passed-out attacker in the desert, without shoes or water. It's quality isn't 100% consistent, but it's a strong book. I'm eager for more by the author. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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EatSleepRead
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Bailedbailed

Audiobook pick:
This was beautifully written but so slooow. Too slow to finish.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pickpick

Wow. 5-stars for this one.
I was blown away by the raw and powerful writing of this debut. An honest and empowering story.
Wetmore is definitely a writer to keep my eye on.
Thanks again, @AmyG for sending this to me!

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Mommamanzi
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I checked @LitsySwaps but did not see anything. Are there any Valentine‘s Day swaps this year?💜💖❤️

Reggie I think there‘s a cupidswap going on. Maybe try searching #cupidswap? 13mo
Reggie Nope sorry it‘s #bookcupidswap 13mo
CBee @candority is doing the #bookcupidswap! 13mo
candority Thanks for the tag @CBee! I‘m hosting the #BookCupidSwap. It‘s a low-key swap where you only send one book and some chocolate/candy. You have until Jan. 10 to sign up! You can find the form link on my page (second post from the top currently). 13mo
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jessijames
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Mehso-so

People love this book. I get it and I understand. However, I‘m not one of those people. I wanted to know more of Glory‘s story and more about what experiences created the Strickland we grew to loathe. I loved many of the other characters but found the character chapter organization very hard to keep my interest.

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Judybskt
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Yay!! Another #litsyswap 💝💕💘📖🍫🍭

#bookcupid
#bookcupidswap
@candority

candority Thank you for sharing! 🥰 13mo
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Daniella.Richardson
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Book #2 for 2021!

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Kboltz
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Pickpick

Read this book! West Texas in the 70s. Great writing that shows the strength of women and the struggle of women. Great characters that show how women young and old need to protect themselves from not only strangers but the men around them. Author paints a picture of west Texas that you can feel. Loved this book.

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One_With_Books
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I went in totally expecting to not enjoy this book because I saw sooo many people saying how awful it was and that they didn‘t finish it. I read the first few pages and stopped reading for a while because of it but now I am so happy that I decided to not let others cloud my judgment because this book was a really great way to start off the reading journey of 2021! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kboltz How can readers not think that this book worth the read? It‘s hard to get through but it‘s all so real...the truth is not always pretty. 13mo
One_With_Books That‘s exactly what I thought! Some people don‘t like hearing the facts of what happens in real life. It‘s so unfortunate 13mo
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AmyG
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Andrew65 Looks good. 13mo
BookwormM I loved this one 13mo
KVanRead 😍😍😍 13mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Thank you, @AmyG !! So very happy! I‘ve been so looking forward to this book. And thanks too for the yummy chocolate and cute notebook & bookmark! You‘re the best! I know how I‘m spending my evening after everyone goes to bed!

Thanks for organizing this @MaleficentBookDragon - you‘ve made a lot of Littens very happy! #jolabokaflod

AmyG When I saw this book on your list, I had to get it for you. It is just wonderful. Merry Christmas!!!🎄 13mo
BookishTrish Merry Christmas 🎄 13mo
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One_With_Books
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Hopefully it‘s as good as I think it‘s going to be 😬

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Tamra
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Pickpick

This has dark themes, so it may not be good for everyone right now, BUT Wetmore‘s writing is so good - compelling - I didn‘t want to stop listening. There could have been a little better editing at the end, the story strayed a bit, but wow I can‘t wait for her next novel!

This is the first book I recall really enjoying recently.

BookwormM One of my favs this year 14mo
Tamra @BookwormM yes - a standout! 👍🏾 I was disappointed to see it was a debut only because there is no backlist to dive into. 14mo
Cathythoughts I gave on kindle since a deal. Not read yet though .... must bump it up 14mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I know you don‘t mind dark, so I hope you enjoy it too! 14mo
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KVanRead
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My #20Best2020 in word art.

Why the heart shape? It was free, lol, but also it‘s at the um, heart of all my favorite reads this past year and all good writing, IMHO.

I‘ve had 22 #fivestarreads so far this year. The remaining two are Blood at the Root and City of Girls.

Thanks for tagging me @Lcsmcat and @sarahbarnes and @HOTPock3tt
Have you done your 20 best yet @vivastory @BarbaraBB @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Nute @Book_Fiend_Melissa ?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Not yet, maybe a bit closer to the end of the year. 😉. Great graphic though! 14mo
BiblioLitten Cool collage! 14mo
vivastory I love this graphic! Fantastic choices! I posted my top 20 a few days ago. 14mo
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MsMelissa Nice list! A few of your choices will also appear on mine. I haven‘t posted mine yet, but will do so at the end of the month and tag you 😊 14mo
KVanRead @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I will look for it! 14mo
KVanRead @BiblioLitten Thanks! I used an app called Shapego 14mo
KVanRead @vivastory thanks!! I will go and check yours out. 14mo
KVanRead @Book_Fiend_Melissa Thanks! I‘ll look forward to it. 14mo
LitStephanie I have never read Jude the Obscure because I heard it was one of the most depressing English novels of its time. What say you? 14mo
BarbaraBB What a cool graphic! I‘ve shared my favorites a few days ago but thank you for tagging ❤️ 14mo
KVanRead @LitStephanie Oh heck ya, it‘s extremely depressing and has one of the most upsetting scenes I‘ve ever read, but it‘s also a beautiful, brilliant masterpiece, IMO. 14mo
KVanRead Thanks @barbarabb ! I will check out your list. 14mo
Tanisha_A Love this 13mo
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crowlows19
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Mehso-so

A book I had to finish on audio because the physical writing style was so weird. I liked the story; very knowledgeable and timely.

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Judybskt
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Pickpick

Wow! I couldn‘t put this down. Very good story.

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Julsmarshall
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Powerful and painful, honest and unflinching, Wetmore‘s book opened up the story of West Texas and moved me in ways I didn‘t expect. The story examines race, gender and justice from the perspective of rural communities and, in many ways, was unlike anything else I‘ve ever read. I listened on audio and the narration was great; I should mention that if sexual assault is a subject you avoid, you may want to skip this one. Otherwise, I recommend.

Kalalalatja It was so great on audio! 1y
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Cathyloves2read
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Mehso-so

I found this book to be beautifully written, but a little dull. It didn‘t really go anywhere. I‘m sure that if I were more of a deep thinker, I‘d realize that there are a lot of messages between the pages. I think the main theme is overcoming racism and sexism. All in all, I give it a 3.5 rating, even though there are sections that left me questioning what really happened.

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Judybskt
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🌕 No - too cloudy
🍁 Back to school 🏫 🚌🍎
📖Tagged - yes!!!

@MoonWitch94

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🌠 1y
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Judybskt
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Up next for book club.

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KVanRead
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📕Valentine
✒️Vonnegut
🎥Vertigo
🎸Velvet Underground
🎧Voodoo Lady

Catch-up post for #ManicMonday #LetterV

Leftcoastzen Vonnegut!👍👏 1y
KVanRead @Leftcoastzen Forever and always ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Julsmarshall
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Valink
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I have some catching up to do in this one....

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KVanRead
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#JulyWrapUp: a very good reading month both in quantity and quality. So many good reads and I‘m now 11 books ahead on my GR 2020 Reading Challenge.

vivastory That's a good feeling! 1y
KVanRead @vivastory Yes! Hope August goes as well! 1y
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Tex2Flo
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A few really good ones this month. Valentine, Deacon King Kong, and Big Friendships.
Mixed in with some mediocre ones, but I needed a palate cleanser between some anyhow.

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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 I feel this might be an unpopular opinion. MEHHHHHHHHH! I enjoyed the descriptive writing as it gave you a feeling of the small town & the harsh daily life in the oil fields of Texas in 1976. The story started out with a bang! I was disappointed where it went from there. The POV & narrators switch randomly with no warning. I prefer the switching chapters. It might have been better treeware. I felt very little resolution with the ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

sarinarachelle The constant switching of narrators drove me INSANE. Especially when she switches to an entirely new character immediately after the book‘s climax. 1y
Twainy @sarinarachelle I agree I feel the audio fell short of expectations. I sometimes need a wack on the head when the pov or chapter or character or scene changes ... this one just wasn‘t well orchestrated ... for me as the attention-span-less listener. 1y
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JennyM
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Pickpick

A story that‘s difficult to read but one we sadly know all too well. Devastating 💔

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wowza. That cover. So different from the other I‘ve seen. And actually more evocative! 1y
TrishB A good read 👍🏻 1y
JennyM @BarbaraTheBibliophage I think it‘s the UK version, although I‘m in Oz. Aside from it being a 🐍 I also think it looks like the road up to the farm. Very evocative. 1y
JennyM @TrishB tough to get through in parts 💔 1y
TrishB Yep, but felt very true and genuine. 1y
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Mitch
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The Centre for Fiction longlist for Debut Novel 2020 is out. 27 titles selected from 119 entrants. I haven‘t read ANY ! Better rectify that !

TheBookHippie I saw this and decided I need another TBR cart 🤣🤣🤣🤷🏽‍♀️ 2y
Itchyfeetreader I am so far behind any kind of reading plans for the what I am almost afraid to click on things like this any more 2y
squirrelbrain I‘ve read 5 - quite impressed with myself! 🤣 2y
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KVanRead I loved Valentine. 2y
Mitch @Itchyfeetreader I hear you! 2y
Mitch @squirrelbrain any stand outs.... where shall I start? 2y
Mitch @KVanRead that‘s the only one I actually have sitting on my shelf. It‘ll be my first read of this list I think. 2y
squirrelbrain Like @KVanRead I loved Valentine, probably about the same as My Dark Vanessa. The other 3 that I‘ve read are August, Conjure Women and The Illness Lesson. All quite quirky, but no duds amongst them. I have True Story as a #netgalley ARC but not read yet. So many to choose from - enjoy! 2y
KVanRead @Mitch hope you enjoy it as much as I did 2y
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PSreads73
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A great emotional legal drama involving sexism and racial injustice. The setting is a Texas town in the 1970‘s that is fraught with corruption. It is very well written and thought provoking. Some may not like the lack of quotation marks but I don‘t believe it detracts from the story. I would love to read a sequel involving a few of the great, but less developed characters.

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Cortg
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Got Little Free Library #2 painted AND got a lot of audiobook listening completed. I can‘t wait to get this one up and running! It‘ll be in the yard so it‘s painted to match my house. Now I‘m relaxing with a drink before starting the dinner process.

Graciouswarriorprincess Love that purple door! John wants to make another one too. @Cortg 2y
Soubhiville It looks great! 2y
Cortg @Soubhiville Thanks! I‘m super excited! 2y
Cortg @Graciouswarriorprincess Thanks! It‘s the same purple I painted my front doors. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Cortg It is fantastic! 2y
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KVanRead
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My 32nd read this year and the hands down favorite! What a power-house writer. A master of show don‘t tell. An unflinching examination of misogyny, toxic masculinity, assault, the environment, racism, poverty, in 70s West Texas with many parallels to today, sadly. But also full of kindness, strength, courage, and empathy. It‘s such a gripping story, with indelible characters I hated to leave behind. And the writing knocked my socks off! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

MsMelissa Great review! I bought this one recently and am looking forward to reading it. However, given my track record of leaving books on my TBR pile for years, I probably won‘t be reading it for awhile 🤣 2y
vivastory Stacked, of course. Great review, will add this to my botm box next month! 2y
KVanRead @Book_Fiend_Melissa That‘s what I like about ebooks on Libby - you gotta read em before they disappear 😂 You have a great read awaiting you 2y
KVanRead @vivastory Hope you enjoy it as much as me. Now I can‘t wait for her to write something else! 2y
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squirrelbrain
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Well, that was a tough read, but sooo good!

This is less a novel, more an interconnected series of stories about how the women of a small Texan oil-field town cope in the aftermath of a brutal rape.

Set in the 1970s in an incredibly misogynistic and racist culture, it nonetheless feels very timely as it portrays a series of strong women who overcome (some of) the challenges that they face.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 thought it was a good, tough read too. 2y
Cathythoughts Great review, I‘m looking forward to it 👍🏻❤️ 2y
BookwormM Loved it 2y
Cinfhen I LOVED this book! 2y
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Jnnlb
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Alfrazier21
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like Valentine, I truly did. But for some reason from the start, the story felt disjointed and I was never really able to connect with some of the characters. I enjoyed Mary Rose‘s story, but I was ultimately left wanting to know more about Glory.

sarinarachelle I agree! I felt like there were three characters I connected with but I hardly got any time to really be with them before being jolted into another perspective. 1y
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Bookishlie
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BOTM finally got here!! Excited:)

TheNerdyProfessor Beautiful stack! 😻 2y
Bookishlie Thanks! Can‘t wait to get into these! 2y
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LegallyBooked
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Fantastic debut novel! This really felt like a collection of short stories that revolve around a tragic event and how that event impacts the lives of these individuals. This book has it all: sexism, racism, injustice, love, rage, sexual assault, kindness, and most of all hope. I want more stories like this, especially ones that highlight women and their strength. This should be required reading.

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Caroline_Roberts
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I enjoyed this one- it's beautifully written. It's not really a plot-driven story, more of a portrait of the women of West Texas.

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MallenNC
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April Reading Wrap-Up:
8 Books finished
3 Nonfiction
2 Mysteries
6 by women authors
Favorites: Valentine, Jessica Simpson, Empty Mansions
#bookspin & #doublespin complete
I completely forgot that a couple of these were finished in April instead of March. The days (and months) are running together.

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MallenNC
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The Read with Jenna book picks are definitely not easy reads! This one starts with a terrible crime but in its pages we meet strong women who fight in their own ways against the lives they lead in Odessa, Texas, in 1976. I really enjoyed the voices of the different characters even as sad things happened. TW: rape