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Love After Love
Love After Love: A Novel | Ingrid Persaud
An electrifying novel of love in its messiest forms--a complicated marriage, an unconventional family, and the shocking secrets that unite them--from an award-winning Trinidadian author. After Betty Ramdin's abusive husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo, as their lodger. Over time, these three form an unconventional family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment. His despair ultimately sends him running to live a lonely life in New York City, devastating Betty in the process. Yet both Solo and Betty are buoyed by the continuing love and friendship of Mr. Chetan--until his own burdensome secret is uncovered with heartbreaking repercussions. In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.
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Cathythoughts
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Happy Birthday @julesG 🎂 my birthday twin. Thankyou for these presents. I love the book case 👌and the book and the little case with its own stickers.
I hope we both have a great day 👯😘

julesG Happy Birthday! 2mo
squirrelbrain Fabulous gifts! ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the bookcase too 💖 2mo
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TheNeverendingTBR Is that Snowdrops? 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely gifts! 2mo
Megabooks Happy birthday Cathy! 💜💜 I hope you a had a wonderful day! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Thanks Meg 😘 2mo
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rockpools
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I completely totally loved this book up until the point I loved it slightly less.

When Mr Chethan takes up lodgings with Miss Betty and her son, Solo, they little expect how close they‘ll become. Early on, secrets are shared and everything changes. I loved all three main characters & the relationships between them, the little details, the Trinidadian food. And the author‘s narration is just perfect.

rockpools Unfortunately towards the end, we hit a bit of a problematic trope. And I really wish that wasn‘t where it had gone.

This was my #readaroundtheworld book for #Trinidad (only a month late!) Content warnings behind spoiler tag.
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rockpools Content warnings for self-harm, attempted suicide, domestic violence and homophobia. 3mo
Cathythoughts I see I have it stacked already... sounds like a good / upsetting read 👍💔 3mo
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rockpools @Cathythoughts Absolutely 💔. 😭 happened! 3mo
TrishB Now I‘m even more intrigued I think! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review Rachel! 3mo
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JillR
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Oh this is a heartbreaker. The story of Solo, his mother and their lodger; this covers so much yet with a lightness of touch that then leaves you reeling from the blows. The story takes in domestic abuse, homophobia, illegal immigration as well as families, motherhood, friendship and belonging, and somehow also manages to be funny as well as very touching. Did some crying.

TrishB This sounds good - stacked 👍🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Yes, I agree @TrishB stacked for me too 👍 3mo
squirrelbrain I cried too at this one Jill, I think ‘that‘ part was so unexpected…. 3mo
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JillR @trishb @cathythoughts hope you enjoy! 3mo
JillR @squirrelbrain it certainly was! In fact I did a double take and had to reread that part to be sure I‘d read what I thought I had! 3mo
TrishB @JillR @squirrelbrain now I‘m really intrigued! 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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What a lovely book! I enjoyed this deeply felt and raw story of 3 people making there way in the world the best they can through pain, loss, and love. The setting in Trinidad was so interesting and I loved listening to the author read it on #audio . Her voice and accent were gorgeous! #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks #Booked2022 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage #Pantone2022 #Cascade @Clwojick

sprainedbrain Totally agree—this was fantastic on audio! 3mo
Cinfhen I LOVED this one too!! Especially on audio!!! So good!!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds lovely! 3mo
Clwojick Great match!! 💖❤️ 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Here is my February #BookspinBingo board! I love the fresh possibilities in a new month‘s board!

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Currey
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#readaroundtheworld #trinidad&tobago Thanks to @sprainedbrain I found this beginning book for 2022 readaroundtheworld. Up until then my reading had been slow slow. This was a rich world of relationships in a found family. I also could not help but cry.

rockpools I paused this to read some library books that came in, but I‘m looking forward to getting back to it- It‘s a lovely read. 4mo
sprainedbrain ❤️ 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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Really loved my pick for #ReadAroundTheWorld for #TrinidadAndTobago 💕

Beautifully written story about a found family, with more than their share of struggle, pain, and heartbreak, but also just brimming with joy and hopefulness. I loved Betty and Mr. Chetan so much, but appreciated Solo as well. I cried like a baby a couple of times, but that‘s ok because when I say I also laughed out loud a lot, that‘s not a figure of speech.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Currey @sprainedbrain. Sounds really good 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too and, yes, I cried too! 4mo
Teresereading Ditto, it‘s a wonderful book 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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Lots more #audioshoveling on the agenda today in the gods damned winter f$*%ing wonderland.

Tamra I was just moments ago thinking the same thing about the deck - though I have two able bodied kids that are going to “enjoy” that chore. 4mo
sprainedbrain @Tamra I did the deck so I will make my able-bodies offspring finish the driveway. 😂 4mo
Flaneurette I have to shovel too today! Yuck 4mo
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rockpools
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#audiostitching

This was a Christmas present. I‘ve done odd bits of cross stitch before, but my only attempts at embroidery were back in primary school, so it may end up wonky. I do quite like it though…

And this book needed to be on audio ❤️

DivineDiana It looks great! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 4mo
rockpools @DivineDiana Thank you 😊 4mo
ravenlee Looks really nice so far! 4mo
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llwheeler Looks awesome! 4mo
Suzze Cool! I used to do so much embroidery. This fits with my current read 4mo
readordierachel It's lovely! Can't go wrong with bees 🐝 4mo
Librarybelle So pretty! 4mo
Cathythoughts This is very pretty 💫😍 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Looking good so far! 👍 You can do it. 4mo
batsy I love it! And @readordierachel is right 🐝 4mo
youneverarrived I love it 🤍 4mo
Chelsea.Poole So pretty!🐝 4mo
YasmiNova Looks lovely! I've dabbled with cross stitching too, mostly unfinished projects... 🤭 It is therapeutic though 😊 4mo
Centique I love the bee! 4mo
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rmaclean4
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I struggled with this one. It is well written but the characters did not click with me. I started reading it in print form and then switched to audio. It may have not been the right time for me to read this.

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TorieStorieS
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Thanks to much deserved Litsy-love (thanks for the rave reviews, @AnneCecilie & @Cinfhen ), I decided to dive into this #audiobook for #TrinidadAndTobago- the first country to kick off the #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge! Performed by the author (with no wonder she included a section of an American complimenting the beauty of the Trini accent!), this is a story of the family we make, the love we take (& give) & the secrets we keep. #AudioColoring

Cinfhen Yay!!! Great review and beautiful drawing ❤️ 4mo
BookwormM OMG I am still waiting for my book to arrive at library 🤣🤣 4mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen Thank you!! And thanks for the recommendation- I had a few options for this one but your review made it obvious which one I should read! 🥰 4mo
TorieStorieS @BookwormM At least it‘s still early days of the month- I listened to this in two days, so I would say it moves fast once you get started! I hope you like it! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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A heartfelt story of friendship, motherhood and what constitutes a family. Betty is a single mother, raising her son with the help of her lodger & colleague; Mr. Chetan. When Betty shares a secret with Mr. Chetan the fallout threatens to destroy her relationship with her son. This book set in Trinidad contains all the flavors, colors, foods and energy of the Caribbean. I LOVED IT!!!! #Booked2022 #TitleRepeats #Pop22 #FoundFamily

squirrelbrain Great review Cindy! 4mo
Cathythoughts Yes! Great review, I can feel your enthusiasm for this one 👍❤️ 4mo
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4thhouseontheleft Lovely review! 4mo
TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 4mo
Cinfhen I thought it was really good, especially the author‘s narration. I think you‘d like this one @TrishB @Cathythoughts @4thhouseontheleft I know you did @squirrelbrain 💓💓💓 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome - sounds like a unique book! 4mo
KarenUK Off to a flying start! 💕 4mo
Megabooks Glad you loved it! 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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I read a lot of great books in #August #8thbookof2021 so it was hard to choose one. But I ended up with picking this because I think this has stayed with me the most after reading.

#12Booksof2021

Honorable mentions: Everybody by Olivia Laing, The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott, Things I don‘t Want to Know by Deborah Levy, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid and A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

Andrew65 Looks good. 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Hurray for #2022 challenges 🎊🤗🎉🤗I‘m LOVING this audio. It‘s really heartfelt/ parts hilarious-parts heartbreaking. Betty is a single mother, deeply devoted to her only child, a son, but she‘s carrying a secret that threatens to destroy their bond. Author narration is FABULOUS 🙌🏻 #pop22 #FoundFamily #Booked2022 #TitleRepeatsItself

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I have this on my Kindle and will hopefully read it sooner than later. I love when Litsy justifies my impulse buys!🤣 4mo
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Cinfhen
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This is my #LastFirstAudio for 2021/2022 💗It was on @AnneCecilie #Top21of21 list and Erik Karl Anderson listed this as his favorite audio of 2021!! I‘m LOVING the accent and I‘m already sure, I want to read MORE Caribbean fiction!!!

Ruthiella I‘m a fan of Lonesome Reader aka Eric too! 5mo
Cinfhen He‘s adorable @Ruthiella 😁 5mo
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BarbaraBB That is a great start! 5mo
Megabooks FYI the tob book by Ozeki also works for found family! @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella (edited) 5mo
Megabooks Have you read this? Great Caribbean narration. 5mo
Cinfhen No @Megabooks it‘s been on my #ReadersRadar for a long time!! Will definitely add for 2022 listening 👂🏼 Thanks for the recommendation xx 5mo
Cinfhen Forgot to add this is my #Booked2022 #TitleRepeats 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
squirrelbrain I loved this when I read it (a while ago as I had it as an ARC). It made me 😢 though….. 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been listening all morning while I‘ll cooking & doing laundry @squirrelbrain It‘s GREAT on audio 5mo
rockpools Ooh. We‘re off to Trinidad with #readaroundtheworld in January- and this was one of my options. And my library has the audio… 5mo
Cinfhen I highly recommend going with this one @rockpools it does take a tiny bit of time to get the gist of the narration, but it‘s totally worth it 5mo
rockpools @Cinfhen Bother! The audiobook has expired ☹️. I might try the print though. 5mo
AnneCecilie I originally got this from Eric as well, and another BookTuber, SavidgeReads. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it so far (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen It‘s breaking my heart one minute and I‘m laughing out loud the next @AnneCecilie I LOVE Betty!!!! 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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A loved this book. A widow lives alone with her son. She‘s looking for an tenant and a colleague at her work is looking for a place to rent. He moves in. A book about family and how this isn‘t only the people you are related to.

TW: Domestic violence and self harm

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Good to hear! I snagged the ebook a few weeks ago on a whim. 9mo
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Lindy
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The voice! I‘m “happy as pappy” when I encounter distinctive voice, and it works in all three of the rotating points of view. The characters in this unconventional family in Trinidad will live on in my heart. Also, all the talk of Trini food, liming and wining reminded me of the wonderful time I spent as a host for a Trinidad-Canada exchange. #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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This is exactly how much description I like when I‘m reading about a sexual encounter. 👌

Ruthiella Me too! I don‘t need any more detail 12mo
Reggie Lolol 12mo
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Lindy
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—I would hug you up but it look like you forgot where the shower is. And shave nah, man. I tired telling you that hair on your face don‘t take you.
He stared at me and I could tell he wasn‘t overjoyed. Politeness stopped him from saying it out loud but I knew he was probably asking himself—what the ass this woman think she doing coming to my flat and bossing me around? When he didn‘t move, I squeezed his arm. ⬇️

Lindy [Continued:] —Go nah. While you‘re surprising your skin with water, I‘ll put out our lunch. 12mo
marleed Surprise you skin with water - lolol! 12mo
Lindy @marleed Yes, isn‘t that a great expression? 12mo
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Lindy
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Oh, the colour made her look like she was swimming in callaloo soup. I won‘t say boo, but you see the replacement yellow sari she bought? Now she‘s drowning in dhal.

(Internet photo)

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rmaclean4
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Oops. Went to the library to pick up one book that came in for me!! I want to read them all right now! Reader problems.

JennyM The best kind of oops! 📚 😀 1y
Suet624 I want to wander around in a library again. 1y
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TheEllieMo
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I very much enjoyed reading this exploration of different types of love and their affects. At times humorous, at times heart wrenching, Persaud‘s writing gives it a light touch that makes it very readable.

#12Booksof2020
@Andrew65

squirrelbrain I really liked this one too! 1y
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TheEllieMo
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2.5 hours reading today for the #NovelNovember readathon saw me finish my #BookSpin selection. This is a beautifully written exploration of different types of love - a mother‘s love, a son‘s unconditional love for his father, forbidden love, destructive love. There are some tough moments, but Persaud‘s light touch stops it from being mawkish.

(TW for self-harm)

@Andrew65
@TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 1y
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TheEllieMo
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I‘ve done very little reading in the last few weeks so I‘m aiming to get at least an hour in each day for the #NovelNovember readathon. 2.5 hours today so that‘s a good start.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2y
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Debdeb
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Loved it! Audible is read by the author and I think I enjoyed it all the more because of it! Definitely recommend

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CallieBrowning
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Currently reading.

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charl08
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Wonderful book about families and secrets and lots of other good stuff.

#Trinidad
#LGBTQ
#NooneisIllegal

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It wasn't so long ago that I was frightened to even look at this murti with her tongue hanging out, all them skulls and blood dripping down. Now I understand that, yes, she is terrifying but that is on purpose. Mudder is the destroyer of evil. She's also a mother and woman. Her foot is on Shiva for women like me to know that we don't have to take shit from no man. At least that is how I understand it.

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charl08
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I could almost taste the relief of telling Solo – like licking down a tall glass of ice water after a day in the hot sun. That feeling as the water wets your throat and spreads throughout your body, cooling your arms, chest, stomach, legs, patching the body back together after the sun had done its best to burn you alive.

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Love after Love is an absolutely heartbreaking novel about family & about love. The love of a wife, a mother, a lover, a father figure, an uncle, a friend. First love, yearning for love, abusive love, unrequited love. Set on the island of Trinidad where the pace of life and expectations are so vastly different from elsewhere. Reading a story written in the island dialect was difficult at first but soon became very soothing & poetic (cont...)

TheHeartlandBookFairy Reading a story written in the island dialect was difficult at first but soon became very soothing and poetic to read. I generally prefer to read stories with happy endings even if a good share of the book is not happy. I can't say this book has a happy ending but it was still a pleasure to read ☺️

2y
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charl08
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I will never forget how one time a woman in the church had the nerve to look me straight in my eye and tell me that if your husband doesn‘t put two good lash on you every now and then, how you will know he loves you? And what about that quack doctor Sunil used to carry me by whenever I needed a patch -up? Is only money he liked? Not once did he ever so much as ask , Mrs Ramdin, how you always falling down so?

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charl08
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Well? What you thinking?
He‘s all right.
Just all right?
Not bad-looking if you like them gym bunny types.
Not bad-looking? Miss B, this man hotter than your pepper sauce. She didn‘t look too happy about that. But you don‘t find he‘s nice?
Look, this is Facebook. Everybody know fisherman don‘t say he fish rotten.

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charl08
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America‘s full of Bad John who could do all kind of thing to my child. But God is love and as back-up my prayer group put Solo on their list. The other day I was passing the Catholic church on the Promenade and I ducked in quick quick to light a candle. When it comes to divine intervention I like everybody‘s god.... And trust me, if I hear anybody having puja I‘ll be front and centre asking Brahma, Krishna and Vishnu to keep an eye on my boy.

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squirrelbrain
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Written in Trinidadian dialect, this novel explores the hidden underside of this island paradise. The culture is very male-centred, turns a blind eye to abuse and is incredibly homophobic.

Mr Chetan moves in as a lodger with Betty and her son Solo and the novel explores many different facets of love over a timeframe of many years.

For me, it was a slow start but by the end I loved it.

#covercrush

#arc #netgalley
#jennyis30 #lgbtqromance

BookwormM Ohh sounds interesting and good to know for read around the world 2y
squirrelbrain Glad to be of service @bookwormm! TBH, the round the world challenge has rather dropped off my radar.... 😳 2y
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TheEllieMo
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Proofs of books due out in Spring 2020, from the Faber Proof Party at Cheltenham Literature Festival