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Shuggie Bain
Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
A stunning debut novel by a masterful writer telling the heartwrenching story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother, whose love is only matched by her pride
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MinnieTimperley
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Well this has been on my TBR pile since publication, I have Young Mungo awaiting collection at Waterstones and Shuggie Bain has been listed on the Platinum Jubilee Reading List. I am hoping after just finishing The House in the Cerulean Sea that I have enough warm feels to face this.

TheNeverendingTBR Loved this book, I'm from Glasgow so it made me like it even more 1mo
MinnieTimperley @TheNeverendingTBR my paternal grandfather was from Glasgow and my dad used to disappear there for Hogmanay when I was younger. 1mo
TheLudicReader It‘s such a good book. 1mo
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Bren912
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My heart is squeezing. I cried for them all. Agnes who‘s addictions ran stronger than her childrens needs. For her children, equally as they realized they had to take care of themselves first. I cried for hope. I cried for the author who was so descriptive in his characters that I knew he had endured this and writing in fiction was easier than autobiographical. If you haven‘t endured a family addiction, read this. If you have, you must.

Eggs Powerful book 💔 2mo
Cathythoughts Great book 👍❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, great read. 2mo
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Bren912
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“Shuggie…understood this was where she excelled. Everyday with the make-up on and her hair done, she climbed out of her grace and held her head high. When she had disgraced herself with drink, she got up the next day, put on her best coat, and faced the world “ Bravery forms in many looks.

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Nikki_E
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I was really struggling with reading this, so I switched over to the audio and it is such a better experience. I am definitely going to need something cheerful and fun after though.

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Julsmarshall
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Wow! A beautifully written, heart breaker of a book. I both read the book and listened to the #audio and it was good to switch it up-great to hear the accents and tone on audio, but the written text helped avoid confusion at times. Hard to get through at times, but ultimately glad I heard his story. #MountTBR #BookspinBingo #marvellousmarch @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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Bren912
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Speaking the truth? This book scares me to read. So what to do? Feel the fear and read it anyway.

jlhammar While it is heartbreaking, to be sure, it really is beautiful and there is a lot of love and even some humor. I thought the ending was somewhat hopeful as Shuggie is really finding his own way and has a true friend. Stuart had a great interview with Scott Simon on NPR's Weekend Edition that might help you decide. https://www.npr.org/2020/11/14/934548946/shuggie-bain-will-lift-you-up-and-tear-... (edited) 2mo
Bren912 💖 2mo
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NoAge1990
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A tumultuous yet rewarding Scottish Yarn that's been soaked in the trauma of alcoholism.

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TheNeverendingTBR
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1️⃣ Definitely Goodreads, I've used that the longest and I really like it for tracking my reads and getting recommendations.

Add me⤵️
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/93434926-michael-theneverendingtbr

2️⃣ Yes, my goal is 150 books. It'll be the most I've ever read in a year if I complete it. I've not failed on my reading goals yet! ✊

3️⃣ Tagged! 🧡

Thanks for the tag @DarkMina

I tag @Ast_Arslan @youneverarrived @Cathythoughts

DarkMina @TheNeverendingTBR You‘re welcome! 4mo
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melissajayne
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My favourite read for #May. May was a very strong reading month for me; I got 5 books done and was my third strongest reading month and until November, I didn‘t read as much as I did in May. I also had 2 other books that could have qualified for favourite read and were very close to becoming the favourite read. #12booksof2021

Andrew65 A popular book. 5mo
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CarolynM
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#12booksof2021 #4thbookof2021 #April

I had a major reading slump in April and only reported 4 books read for the month. The Booker Prize winner was the best of them, but I didn't like it enough for it to make my #Top21of21 list.

@Andrew65

Ruthiella I found this book pretty hard to read due to the subject matter. But I think it will stick with me. 5mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella It was abit of an emotional assault, wasn't it? I think I didn't let myself get as invested in it as it probably deserved. 5mo
Cathythoughts ❤️ 💔 A heartbreaking book. 5mo
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TrishB I still can‘t bring myself to read it yet. 5mo
Andrew65 A popular choice. 5mo
andrew61 Great choice, still thinking about it. 5mo
Graywacke Your post matches my own feelings on this pretty well. 5mo
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jlhammar
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#12Booksof2021 February favorite. Broke my heart, but oh so good. Did a mix of print and audio for this one. Audio is excellent.

Cathythoughts Great book 👍❤️ 5mo
Cinfhen Yesssss, this book was beautiful 5mo
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AmyG
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#1stBookof2021 #January

Thank goodness for Goodreads as I don‘t what I read in which month. 😳

@Andrew65 #12Booksof2021

BookwormM Same here 🤣🤣 5mo
Bookwormjillk Still haven‘t read this one. Looking at everyone‘s lists and best ofs I have a lot to look forward to! 5mo
CBee SAME 😂😂😂 5mo
AmyG Hahaha….naturally @CBee 😂 5mo
CBee @AmyG ♥️😘 5mo
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Chars
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“Why the fuck did you bring me here?” His answer? “I had to see if you would actually come. She had loved him, and he had needed to break her completely to leave her for good. Agnes Bain was too rare a thing to let someone else love. It wouldn‘t do to leave pieces of her for another man to repair later.” Stuart depicts, in a brutal starkness, the breaking down of a person. He also shows a solidness, however, of undeniable character & daring style.

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Mitch
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This year started our strong- flagged in the middle and picked up for a fun finish!

Faith.Hadden What was your favourite book to read? 5mo
Mitch @Faith.Hadden wow - If I can only have one it might have to be 5mo
Faith.Hadden @Mitch Very interesting. Do you mind if you tell me about it? 5mo
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Mitch @Faith.Hadden it‘s a huge sprawling family saga that takes place in a time of huge political upheaval and social change in Georgia and Russia. It was amazing - totally engrossing! 5mo
Faith.Hadden @Mitch Very interesting! I might try to find it. 😁 5mo
vivastory I see a lot of wonderful books 📚📚 Matrix is going to be my first book of the new year. I'm glad to hear that you're finishing the year strong! 5mo
MaureenMc 👏🥳👏 5mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Mehso-so

I read this one for a book challenge (Booker prize winner). It was not my cup of tea and was very long and drawn out. It was dark and depressing and hard to finish. Book #71 in 2021

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bekakins
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Super depressing, but absolutely brilliant. You‘re rooting for Shuggie the whole way through, beautifully written.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻❤️💔great book 6mo
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AlRah
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Vansa Are those Malayalam books, btw? Which ones? 6mo
Cathythoughts Shuggie ❤️💔 (edited) 6mo
AlRah @Vansa Yes... 3 are malayalam... Gurusagaram and Dharmapuranam by O.V Vijayan and Mahabharathqam samskarika charithram ( Mahabhartha cultural history) by Sunil P Ilayidom 6mo
Vansa Nice! I wish I could read books in Tamil, My proficiency at reading Tamil is unfortunately quite low! 😀 6mo
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Tonton
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Intriguing look behind the scenes of how the Booker Prize is judged! I didn‘t know it was televised. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/05/arguments-anticipation-and-careful...

squirrelbrain I just read this before seeing your post - fascinating article! 8mo
BarbaraBB Very cool. Thanks for sharing! 8mo
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andrew61
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I put this brilliant book down exhausted by this sad story of the effect of alcoholism upon a family. In Agnes, mother of shuggie and his 2 half siblings, we meet a woman who is lively, funny, and beautiful but humiliated by the men in her life who even when she seems to escape from her addiction at one point is drawn back in by a man's stupidity. The impact on shuggie is inevitable with the story book ended by his sorry circs after leaving home.

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TheLudicReader
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This is a beauty of book. I loved these characters and enjoyed every painful moment I got to spend with them. It‘s highly worth your time.

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StellaB
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Reading this was quite a painful experience because of the hopelessness and destruction of the characters‘ lives by poverty and alcohol. The children‘s love for their alcoholic parents, and the way they dedicate their young lives to saving them, is heartbreaking.

Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️💔 9mo
Tanisha_A My absolute favourite of the year. It had me in knots so many times. 😭 (edited) 8mo
StellaB @Tanisha_A Me too, it will stay with me for a long time. 8mo
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TheLudicReader
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I have never read the last page of a book- not even if I abandon a book. Just why? I hate spoilers, too. Book blurbs that give away too much is another of my pet peeves. I‘d love to hear some of yours.

Skyrimir I will admit to doing this a handful of times. I‘ve really got to fight the anxiety to keep myself from doing it with some books! I agree with you about the blurbs that give too much away. The only spoilers I need are the ones I give myself. 🤣 I also hate blurbs that just praise the author‘s last book. I want to know about the book in my hands, not the last one. 9mo
jb72 I‘ve read the ending ahead of time quite a few times. Spoilers don‘t bother me at all. I do agree with @Skyrimir that those blurbs that just hype the books are super annoying. Also I hate when the publisher ditches cover art in exchange for the movie poster. 😑 9mo
merelybookish I always read the end. Have for as long as I can remember. It just eases my anxiety. I learned later my Mum and sister do too. (Also, my daughter is in your Grade 10 English class. She might also read the last page. 😂) 8mo
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TheLudicReader Wait, what, @merelybookish?! Do you live in SJ? And who is your daughter? Is there a mind blown emoji? 😁 (edited) 8mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader We just moved back. We've been in the US for years. Today was her first day. 🤯 8mo
TheLudicReader @merelybookish Well, welcome home. Please tell her to let me know she‘s your daughter. (And thanks for the 🤯!) 8mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader Will do! Whether she says anything....🤷 8mo
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jdiehr
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Pickpick

Shuggie's love for his alcoholic mother is so fierce and unwavering it'll break your heart.

There isn't much 'happy' to be found here, but this is a powerful book and worth the read.

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StellaB
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Really glad I‘m finally reading this. I was worried it would be very dark, which it is, but 70 pages in I really care about the characters.

Cathythoughts I did love it 💔 9mo
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StellaB
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Which one next? Looking forward to all three, they all come highly recommended by friends.

Cathythoughts All beautiful books ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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KatieB
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For those in Canada… Shuggie Bain is an Amazon kindle daily deal. I thought this book was excellent - a 5⭐️ read for me

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Readerann
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SO sad, but so good.
#TournamentofBooks #ToB #Booker

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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 82th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Amiable
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Long, crappy day at work followed by long, crappy commute home from work. And I missed my yoga class. 😖 So I‘m sitting on the couch with food and a book instead. That counts as self-care, right? I mean, at least there‘s fruit involved. 😀

Ruthiella Hope tomorrow is better! ❤️ 11mo
Aims42 This definitely counts as self care 👍🏻❤️ Today is done and hoping your tomorrow is better!! 11mo
Amiable @Ruthiella @Aims42 Thanks! One day closer to the weekend! 👍🏼 11mo
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thebeercolonel
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Bloody hell- Bleak, brutal, heart breaking and hard hitting on poverty & alcoholism and how they break a family, but just brilliant.

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KatieB
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This idea of this book intimidated me. Maybe it was the unusual title or the fact that it won the Booker prize. This was such a surprise. So accessible, so engaging, and so well written. Shuggie seemed reals and is a character that I will be thinking about for a while. 5*

Cathythoughts Nice review! ❤️ 11mo
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LisaLovesToRead
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Wow, this is a great one. The vivid imagery made me feel like feel the hunger pains and see the poverty. Sad, but not without hope.

Cathythoughts I agree ! Shuggie has a bit of life in him in the end .. kicking his heals up . 🤞🏻❤️ 11mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
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This is an incredibly powerful, tragic and beautifully written story.

It's a story about a child and his alcoholic mother and the poverty and deprivation in Glasgow, Scotland in the 80s, during the Thatcher era.

The Glaswegian slang might be hard for some people to understand but I'm a Glaswegian myself so it was normal for me, i can actually relate to a lot in this book also and it's made me want to read more books that are set where I grew up.

Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this one too 💔 11mo
Cathythoughts I have a Scottish friend who lives near me .. so she talked me through the slang.. it‘s great slang ❤️ 11mo
Donna310x Added to stack, I'm from ayrshire so I'd manage perfectly fine with the slang :) 11mo
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TheNeverendingTBR @Cathythoughts You recommended this one a while back, that was a awesome recommendation. Thanks Cathy! 😌👌 11mo
TheNeverendingTBR @Donna310x Geez, I'm from Neilston. That's like 5 minute drive, that's awesome! 😁 11mo
Donna310x @TheNeverendingTBR slightly further I'm afraid 😄 Cumnock but yeah small world! 11mo
TheNeverendingTBR @Donna310x Exactly!! 😄 11mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou !! I really loved it 11mo
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rebbyj
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Rough. Beautiful but a hard read.

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Cazxxx
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It‘s taken me ages to finish this one, I didn‘t want to read more but I wanted to finish it to see how it ended. Heartbreaking, dark and depressing throughout but so powerful. I did find it a bit cliched and repetitive at times
A pick if you‘re in the right headspace for it
4 ⭐️

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Cazxxx
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 being Scottish I relate to this 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

TheNeverendingTBR Me too 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 11mo
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Amiable
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Hubby is inside sleeping off a 54-hour shift at the fire station. So it‘s just me and Shuggie by the pool for the afternoon.

#summer2021
Read at the pool

LeahBergen Perfect! 11mo
Soubhiville Sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon. 💙 11mo
AmyG Looks delightful! 11mo
Lauram Thanks for participating! That pool looks wonderful! 11mo
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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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In Shuggie Bain, alcoholism flips the parent/child relationship. Young Shuggie takes care of his mother Agnes, and Agnes is the one who cries and lashes out — poisoned by the pull of booze and the men who take advantage of women with such addictions. The novel is heartbreaking because a smart boy with a rescuer‘s heart is left to find his own way in an unwelcome world. You can‘t save everyone, he learns, or you‘ll never live your own life.

CarolynM Great review 11mo
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TheLudicReader
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#sorrynotsorry for this purchase. Middle book is next month‘s book club read. School is almost over and I can NOT wait to hit my deck with my TBR list.

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Blaire
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When I finished I wanted to learn the author‘s background as the characters and setting felt so authentic and clearly drawn. Living in WV, I have seen similar devastation and desperation in former coal towns. It felt so visceral and the characters‘ struggles were complex - I particularly thought it was strong in intertwining circumstances with outcome and showing how an addictive cycle can continue. Brutal in many parts. Palate cleanser up next.

Suet624 Beautiful reading spot. 12mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic 12mo
Cathythoughts Nice review & beautiful pic .. I loved this book .. definitely a pallet cleanser to follow 💔 12mo
Blaire @BarbaraBB @Suet624 thank you!! 11mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts such a heartbreaker. But beautifully written. 11mo
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Moray_Reads
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I loved it. Such a powerful, authentic depiction of 1980s Glasgow as well as a moving, empathetic portrait of addiction without sentimentality or excuses. The characters are so, so strong and I don't think I've ever rooted for any so desperately. Heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting. For a debut novel this is absolutely mind-blowing. @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin

Kalalalatja Great review! 🙌 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Blaire
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Tfw you finally finish a book you were struggling through and prepare to start one that his come highly recommended. Hoping it lives up to the recs.

Moray_Reads I've also just started it. Tucked up in a holiday cottage in Mull with a stove and a cup of tea! 12mo
Blaire @Moray_Reads oh that sounds like a perfect reading setup! 12mo
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AmyK1
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Raw, heartbreaking story about a young boy trying to earn the love of his alcoholic mother while also struggling with his identity.

Cathythoughts I loved this book ❤️💔 12mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 12mo
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AmyK1
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“The day was flat. That morning his mind had abandoned him and left his body wandering down below.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Viji
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I‘m about 100 pages in and so far it should be called “Agnes Bain”. Well-written but not what I was expecting.

Cathythoughts I loved this one ❤️💔 12mo
CarolynM It was different from my expectations too, but I thought it was very good. 12mo
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Tanisha_A
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“Shuggie watched her and said under his breath, “Why can‘t I be enough?””

Inspired by Stuart‘s own life experiences, Shuggie Bain is a heartbreaking account of a son reaching out for his mother‘s love, while also struggling with his identity. Heavily succumbed to alcohol and abuse; and living a loveless life, Agnes (mother) reaches at a stage where she is unable to shower any love for her children. 👇🏽

Tanisha_A “She was drinking to forget herself, because she didn‘t know how else to keep out the pain and the loneliness.”

Set in post-industrial Glasgow, early 1980s were some of the toughest years due to factories (coal, steelworks etc.) going out of business, leading to severe unemployment and poverty. Yet again, the language has done a brilliant job of portraying a sense of place and time.
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Tanisha_A Stuart drops you there, with these people, amongst their homes, streets, life struggles. The characters are written sharply showing their ugliness and goodness in their raw forms, yet there is an empathy, subtlety towards their world. It‘s a heart-rendering read making one spew a ton of emotions – anger, frustration, pity, kindness, the need to provide comfort and joy.

A fantastic debut!
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AmyG Great review. This book just broke my heart. 12mo
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vivastory What a thoughtful review! Had I never read it your post would have convinced me 💯 12mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I didn‘t love the book as much as you did but your review almost makes me want to reread it 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I agree all the way ❤️ 12mo
Ruthiella This book was tough to read for me...so unrelentingly bleak. But yeah, the author does a great job at dropping the reader in to the story. I‘ll be curious to read about his follow up...and/or future work which is less biographical. 12mo
Suet624 This bookings waiting on my shelf for me to read at a time when I can appreciate bleakness. 11mo
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melissajayne
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4.5⭐️ I really liked this book; very descriptive and heartbreaking 💔 I really, really liked the book but I found it really heavy emotionally at times. #2021 #bookerprize #fiction #bookreview #bookstagram #literaryfiction

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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