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The Redemption of Galen Pike
The Redemption of Galen Pike | Carys Davies
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In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her fathers enemy.Spare, precise, charged with a prickly wit, the stories in Carys Davies's sparkling second collection remind us how little we know of the lives of others.extraordinarily powerful VS PRITCHETT PRIZE JUDGES JANE GARDAM, PENELOPE LIVELY AND JACOB ROSS darkly funny and unsettling BOYD TONKIN The Independent on Some New AmbushAs if Mark Twain and Annie Proulx had sat down at a desk together [e.] I shall be looking out for more. PIERS PLOWRIGHTa writer willing to tackle the hardest of all fictional forms the short story. This is a region in which so many fail [e] she can do what it is essential to do in this form, she can create a micro-world, which has reverberations beyond its size and scope, which is metaphysical. SARAH HALL
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MinnieTimperley
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A cracking little set of short stories. Davies crafts puzzles with gradual and some jaw dropping reveals. There is an impressive selection of settings and the writing skillfully transports you to these locations and time periods with a sparsity of words.

BookNAround I am not usually a big fan of short stories but I absolutely loved this collection. 8mo
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Come-read-with-me
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This was a brilliant collection of short stories that has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. These very sharp stories are exactly what you need if you crave the unexpected. Exquisitely written with a great economy of words, each story was brilliantly executed. Even when I thought “What did I just read?”, I loved it! Can hardly wait to read more from Davies!

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Mitch
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Some of these stories are spectacular - they're twisted, dark, passionate, surprising and a touch weird. Characters are enveloped by the landscapes they inhabit. A queen and a literary icon make an appearance, we move across time zone, histories - just to add to the unsettling nature of these stories! They're short, but mighty!

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Mitch
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From the back cover ‘ As I‘d Mark Twain and Annie Proulx had sat down to a desk together‘ - perfect ! And this book is in close contention for my favourite cover of the year so far. Thanks so much @BookNAround for this new discovery 😘

BookNAround Amazing, isn‘t it? I hate the cover but I‘m so glad I had to read this despite being tempted to skip it because of the cover (it was a Great Group Reads Selection the year it came out). 3y
Mitch @BookNAround Some of the stories were amazing - she really constructs amazing worlds, in tiny sentences! 💝 3y
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Mitch
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I love commuting in the opposite direction to everyone else - a train carriage to myself during rush hour and a new book! Happy Monday!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Monday!! 3y
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charl08
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The last time it happened, I packed my bags and left. I got on a train at Birmingham New street and then on another and another and another and I didn't get off until I reached Siberia.

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Kimbono
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 These stories pack a punch. My only complaint is that this book is too short!

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Tamra
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BEST READ Of 2017: I read this slim collection back in February or March and knew I‘d had my best read of the year. It‘s still true. 🤩 I‘m hoarding her other two collections I bought before even finishing Galen and will allow myself to start one in January. (So weird right??) I‘ve so enjoyed reading about everyone else‘s best reads!

Cinfhen 💚 5y
BeckyRoy This is one of my favorite books ever! That first story.......! 5y
Tamra @BeckyRoy me too!! 💜 5y
Jess I‘ve seen this on so many people‘s lists for this year and I don‘t know how it got by me. I can‘t seem to find it at my local stores but think I will place an order this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation! 5y
Tamra @Jess it‘s one you‘ll likely have to order. It‘s very much worth it! 5y
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Marchpane
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I didn't read many short story collections this year, but these three were AMAZING (although none of them were actually published this year 🤷🏼‍♀️)

#BestOf2017

BookNAround The Redemption of Galen Pike has a terrible cover but I agree it was an amazing collection. (edited) 5y
RedbagReadbooks @Marchpane I would also recommend the accusation by bandi. This was by far my favorite short story collection of the year along with Galen pike. Bandi‘s collection had me at tears at times. And prior to Litsy and this year I had never read a short story collection. 5y
vivastory @Themadhatter Adding to my TBR! 5y
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Marchpane @Themadhatter Thank you! I will definitely check that out (if it is up there with Galen Pike it must be good!) 5y
Marchpane @BookNAround yeah I have to agree that cover is kind of off putting 😝 5y
Tamra Totally with you on Davies. It was my favorite read of 2017. 5y
ReadingEnvy I loved the Davies. 5y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Me three on the Carys Davies. 5y
Wbabdullah Please tell me about the Bradbury one—I was thinking to reread Fahrenheit 451 this year. I love sci fi and Dystopian lit—how‘s this one compare? 5y
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Marchpane
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#AllTheBooksOf2017 #newtoyoufavoriteauthors

Authors I "discovered" and loved this year - very very late to the party on some of these! Can't wait to read more of their work.

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..a short story before bedtime

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MandaChittles
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I have been reading these short stories on the train in the mornings and find that they follow me around for the rest of the day.Each story is so different but still manages to build suspense and leave you hanging to see how it ends. There are some real gems in here! My favourites are the title story, The Quiet, Creed and The Travellers.

MandaChittles A big thanks to @ReadingEnvy for recommending this on her podcast. It's the first book of short stories I've read since high school.... about 15 years ago! 5y
ReadingEnvy @MandaChittles I loved these!! And I'm not much of a short story reader either. 5y
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Tamra
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I loved the stories in Redemption of Galen Pike so much I left the book sitting on my nightstand where I could see it. 😍 I bought her other collections, but I've been reluctant to read them because I don't want to finish!

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Aluciddreamstate
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5/5⭐️. It rocked my socks off 😁

Tamra Totally! Nothing else has topped it so far this year for me. 5y
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vivastory
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#riotgrams
#freebie
This is an ARC I picked up at Woodneath library a few months ago.

Bookworm83 It's so good!!!! 5y
britt_brooke Love the cover! 5y
vivastory @britt_brooke I do too. Simple yet colorful 5y
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BookNAround
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Is it just me or is this cover a little grim? I'm reading it anyway, but...

Tamra This is a favorite! I ordered both her other collections before I even finished this one. So far, it's my top read of 2017, gonna be tough to beat. I didn't get that cover though, it is weird. 5y
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NerdyRev
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Great little batch of 17 short stories and I mean short. Longest is maybe 10 pages. Each is compact, quick, and has one or two lines that will change your perspective on the story. Really fantastic and also strange.

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Bookworm83
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Wow! This was a @Liberty recommendation on #allthebooks podcast and it did not disappoint. Every single story had some element that shocked and surprised me in some way. It made me think of O. Henry's short stories. Great read for a warm sunny porch day! #summerreading2017

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MamaGina
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This collection of short stories was excellent...just when you think you know where the author is leading you she says, oh no, my reader, our destination is down another path, but, stick with me, you won't regret it. 🤓

Desha Beautiful picture! 💖🌸🌸💖 5y
Bookworm83 I just finished this one and I loved it! Was it just me, or did you find yourself thinking a character was male or female and then finding out he or she was the opposite? 5y
MamaGina @bookworm83 Yes, you're right, happened more than once to me too. And several times I had to reread ending after saying to myself "Wait, did what I think just happened just happen?!?" ? 5y
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MamaGina
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Oh man, this short story collection by Carys Davies is freaking amazing!!!🤓
Thank you to Jenny of the @ReadingEnvy podcast for bringing it to my attention. And, good news, All. It's just been added to Hoopla👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Marchpane 👏👏👏 Yep, loved this so much 5y
ReadingEnvy Yesssss it is so good!! 👍👍💃💃🌟🌟 5y
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suvata
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Up next: some Short Stories

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Marchpane
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Wow, March was a dark month from the look of this! 👻☠️👽

So many terrific books this month! My fave for March goes to The Redemption of Galen Pike, it is very short but just perfection.

#bestofmarch #marchintoreading

PurpleyPumpkin Well done!👌🏽 5y
Cinfhen UH.MAY.ZING🎉😊🎉💗 5y
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Liberty
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I often find that the title story in a collection is not my favorite, but I definitely loved the title story of this wonderful collection the best. What a unique selection of tales! ❤️📚

MadCatRamble I loved this collection! It wasn't at all what I expected, but I mean that in the best possible way - odd and lovely and sort of achey. Good stuff. 6y
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Liberty
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Now reading. ❤️🖤💛

Tamra I ordered her other two collections before I was halfway thru this slim volume. LOVED! (edited) 6y
BeckyRoy I love this book!!! I pulled it off my bookshelf last night to re-read and I don't often re-read. 6y
ReadingEnvy Love love love 6y
MamaGina The excerpt you read from this on your podcast blew me away @ReadingEnvy, I've got to get my hands on this collection🤓 6y
Bookchipmunk This one was so good (and I don't even like short stories!) 6y
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Bookboss I loved The Redemption of Galen Pike! 6y
Marchpane Yesss! This sounds so awesome, I can't wait! 6y
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andrew61 I read 'a song for issy Bradley ' last year which was a very readable account of a mormon family in north west England, her life story informed the novel so i times it felt like she had thrown the kitchen sink at the issue as she had tons to say, however it was interesting so i will give this one a go as she is certainly a talented writer 6y
LeahBergen This sounds great! 6y
ReadingEnvy Ooh look Bill Clegg was the agent! He's still doing double duty then. 6y
Suet624 I was just going to mention Bill Clegg! 6y
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Marchpane
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You know how sometimes short stories can feel like the pinnacle of storytelling, all perfectly honed and alive and able to leave you reeling after just ten pages? This book is like that.

saresmoore I want that. 6y
ReadingEnvy These are amazing 6y
Jillsandypants I'll have to try this one! I've recently discovered short story collections so I'm looking for recommendations. 6y
BeckyRoy I loved this book. I received it in a Christmas exchange and then shared with my postal bookclub. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. The twists and turns the stories took were great. 6y
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Tamra
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I am afraid I've already had my best read of 2017! I was bowled over by the writing: spare, immersive, surprising, capturing feeling & character so quickly in each very short story. In one I was so involved with the characters I didn't realize the crime committed wasn't revealed until the end, and even then it's more of an aside. Can't say enough! I am likely to hoard her other collections of short stories, not wanting the anticipation to end.

Tamra I rarely reread, but these I will! 6y
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Tamra
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Just WOW! I have a "thing" about starting a new book immediately after finishing one when I'm reading in bed. So, I was sleepy when I started this collection, but the first short story was such a surprise punch that I was wide awake! ? I must have said "wow" aloud 4-5 times, then I had to recap to my husband. It's such a short story I don't know how to describe without spoiling it. Eager to continue on!

ReadingEnvy So.good!! 6y
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shawnmooney
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Most of these stories were delightfully twisted. Carys Davies loves to pull the rug out from under your narrative expectations. If jaw-dropping embarrasses you, my advice would be not to read these stories in public. A few of them that included historical personages - Queen Victoria, etc. - or were set amid real life events - 9-11 - fell flat for me, as if reality constrained Davies' zany imagination. But wow, the bulk of these are just stunning!

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LeahBergen Well, at least he didn't let fly with a "Farmer's Blow" (aka "Snot Rocket") ? 6y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen In other words, thank goodness she didn't set this story in Western Canada, hey? :-) 6y
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ReadingOver50 Nice quote 6y
Suet624 Sometimes I'm afraid that's what i look like to small children. 6y
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saresmoore 6y
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saresmoore Great imagery! 6y
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The opening line of the third story in this collection. Can you say 'in medias res,' boys and girls? These stories are knocking my socks off!

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I can't remember ever encountering such vague hinting, foreshadowing, narrative gesturing, before. Not quite like this. It's incredibly compelling!

LeahBergen What was it?! What was it?! 6y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen See what I mean? :) 6y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen I know now what 'it' was. All I'm going to say is that you shouldn't wait too long to get to this book. How about today? Is today good for you? :) ❤💜❤💜 6y
Bookboss I love this book. 6y
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LeahBergen 😳 6y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Have you read this one? Jenny raved about it on @ReadingEnvy and now that I've finished the first story, I'm trying to catch my breath, it was that shockingly good! 6y
LeahBergen No! But now I'm stacking. 👍🏼 6y
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shawnmooney @LeahBergen It's on Scribd, at least here in Japan, and fairly cheap on Kindle as well. 6y
LeahBergen Thanks! 6y
ReadingEnvy I think I even named the episode after that quote. Ha! 6y
ReadingEnvy Strangely I also saw a new edition on Edelweiss today 6y
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Lindy Thank you for reminding me how much I loved this collection. 6y
shawnmooney @Lindy @ReadingEnvy I just finished the first story, and I'm speechless. I think I will end up loving the entire collection too! OMG… ❤❤ 6y
Lindy @shawnmooney I was surprised with where her plot went on this particular story - and happy to be wrong about where I suspected it was going to end. 6y
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shawnmooney @Lindy It was almost as if each successive paragraph threw me up against a different wall in my apartment. 6y
shawnmooney @Lindy In a certain sense (in several, now that I think about it), it reminded me of "The Painted Door" by Sinclair Ross, which is one of my favorite short stories of all time. Have you read that one? (edited) 6y
ReadingEnvy This is the one that just grabbed me. So good! 6y
Lindy @shawnmooney I haven't read any Sinclair Ross. I will look for The Painted Door. 😀 6y
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I'm excited to finally be starting in on this collection of short stories, which I heard @ReadingEnvy rave about on her podcast months ago!

ReadingEnvy Oh my gosh I feel so nervous now 6y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy 😂I am partway through the first story and already hooked! 6y
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"She's buried under the beets."

Marchpane Ooh, intriguing... 6y
ingredientx Heard your podcast for the 1st time today! Love it, keep it up, plz! 👏👏👏👏 6y
ReadingEnvy @ingredientx thank you! I have a new episode posting Tuesday with another Litten, @SarahK, and that is a good one!! 6y
ingredientx Can't wait to catch it! (Oooo and let me know if you want a NYC-based litten on for an episode! 😄) 6y
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RobinGustafson
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This is one of the best, if not THE best short story collection I've ever read. I found myself whispering an awed "wow" at the end of each one. I could not help myself from barrelling through them - each an addicting and delicious piece of candy to this reader.

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