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Summerwater
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.
A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.
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Megabooks
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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A 5⭐️ short story collection set around a holiday park in Scotland. It‘s summer and it‘s busy: old people young people, families are visiting, and a story follows each except the mysterious Roma who won‘t turn their music down. I loved the story about the couple mid-coitus. I loved the teen who gets a different kind of action in a kayak. But my surprise favorite was a young girl and her brother playing and their encounter with “Shit-chenko.”

Megabooks Thank you @BarbaraBB for this wonderful gift!! 1mo
Soubhiville I loved this one too! So unique and memorable. 1mo
TrishB I‘ve loved all I‘ve read by her so far. ♥️ 1mo
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Cinfhen Not familiar with this book - glad you enjoyed 1mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville very true! I haven‘t read anything like it. 1mo
Megabooks @TrishB I need to investigate her other titles. Any particular one you‘d recommend? 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! The stories are loosely interconnected, so you may like it too. 😁 (edited) 1mo
TrishB Night Waking and Ghost Wall are my favourites but I definitely haven‘t read them all yet! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll keep my eyes open 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You‘ll love this one too. But Meg, I have read a few more by Sarah Moss and didn‘t enjoy them much. For me this one is the first one that really hit me! 1mo
Cinfhen Good to know @BarbaraBB and I didn‘t care for this one 1mo
Cinfhen Hope you‘re having a lovely weekend @BarbaraBB 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am 🤍🤍🥃! And I didn‘t care for Ghost wall either. 1mo
Megabooks @TrishB thanks for the recs! I was curious about Ghost Wall @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB but never confident enough to buy it. I‘ll have to look into 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB glad you are having a great time! Your pics on Instagram are incredible. 1mo
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Megabooks
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Barbara, you spoil me!! I was expecting Summerwater, but then I received two more books from my TBR that I haven‘t read and don‘t own! Plus the honey. Oh god the honey. I had to make toast and try it out before dinner. So good! Dutch bees know what they‘re doing. Thank you!! 💕💕💕

Soubhiville That‘s so sweet ❤️ 1mo
Crazeedi What a sweet present 🥰 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, yum! 🐝 1mo
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BarbaraBB I remember you saying you love honey and thought you might like some! I hope you‘ll love the books! You deserve them 🤍 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely! I loved Small Pleasures 👍🏻❤️ I have the Miss to read too 1mo
batsy What a lovely package 💕 Also yum! 🍯 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can‘t believe you remembered that! thank you so much for treating me and being my friend. 💜 1mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville @Crazeedi @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @batsy thanks y‘all! Such a sweet present indeed. 😁 1mo
britt_brooke So nice! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve had my eye on Small Pleasures! What a sweet gift. 1mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I‘m really looking forward to it! 1mo
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BarbaraBB
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Another rainy day in a Scottish holiday park. In short stories we learn how twelve persons staying there, deal with the rain.
Some go out, some have sex, some want to die, some go to the pub: to all of them I could relate one way or another. And then there is that of the blue ending 😱

My favorite Sarah Moss so far!

TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 she‘s so talented. 2mo
Megabooks This sounds really good! You know I‘m a sucker for the short stories. 😁 2mo
KarenUK It was my first by her, and I definitely want to read more. Loved it. (edited) 2mo
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LeahBergen Oh! I‘m intrigued! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I can send it to you if you like? 2mo
Megabooks I would love that. Thank you! 💜 2mo
Tanisha_A Oh wow! I am so happy that you liked it. 💚 Think I‘ll read Ghost Wall first? Do you recommend that one? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Tanisha_A I liked this one much more but that‘s just me of course! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Will do ❤️😘 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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This is so sweet Tanisha, thank you so much for sending me this book, that I‘ve wanted to read for a long time! I hope my book will reach you soon! ❤️😘

TrishB Be interested to see what you think of this one 👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Have you read it? 2mo
TrishB Yes 😁 2mo
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TrishB Loved it ♥️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I thought so! I read so many good things! 🤍 2mo
TrishB I thought it was a nothing much happens beautiful read. 2mo
KarenUK Loved this one too… 2mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK That is reassuring 😃🤍 2mo
Tanisha_A Yayyy! ❤️ 2mo
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Cathythoughts
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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I‘ve been out shopping for some Littens birthdays 🤫 mission accomplished 🎉🎉.. and I got a book for myself too. Summer water. Now for some lunch with my husband ( he always runs a bit late 🙄😂

MaureenMc Lovely 💕 3mo
Tamra I liked this one on audio, very atmospheric. Husband running late is a good thing in this instance. 😁👌🏾 Tell him I just started Ghost in the Throat and the opening already has me! 3mo
squirrelbrain I just read this one recently -I think you‘ll like it! @Tamra - that‘s so good to know about Ghost in the Throat…I hope to get to it soon but I‘m reading ‘assigned‘ books at the moment for a course…. 3mo
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Tamra @squirrelbrain that‘s gonna me again starting in November. 😩 (edited) 3mo
SamAnne I loved Summer Water‘. 3mo
Lindy And I bet you always have a book to read whenever you‘re waiting for your husband. Win-win. 😊 3mo
LeahBergen Ooo, what a lovely day for you! 😍 3mo
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc I think you have your eye on that brown bread again 👍🏻😁 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I will tell him ! I think your husband is a musician too ? Their minds are on higher things 🤣being on time isn‘t in their field of vision … ( I‘m always early, I‘m working on trying to be late 🙈 3mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @SamAnne you both liked it then 👍🏻👍🏻❤️❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Yes ! Great day 🥰 3mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy Always ! Yes , win/win 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
squirrelbrain @Tamra - my course is Litsy-relevant, it‘s ‘The American Novel‘. I‘m halfway through book 3 of 5 that I need to read…. 3mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts You know it! 😆 3mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain lucky you! 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Tamra Yes , lucky you ! I think you‘ve done these before .. I‘m very interested.. sounds good Helen 👍🏻💫 2mo
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VRM1975
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JillR
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Twelve people are staying in a holiday park on the edge of a Scottish loch. It rains incessantly. Each person narrates a different chapter; some are sad, some frustrated, some despairing. This really affected me. I felt trapped and claustrophobic. The themes are timely yet there‘s some comedic elements too. One I keep thinking about…

TrishB It‘s a very claustrophobic book! You definitely feel like you‘re there. 4mo
JillR @trishb glad I read this before our recent UK camping trip rather than whilst there! 😬 4mo
Soubhiville Great description! It‘s unsettling but also beautiful. 4mo
Tamra I really liked this one! 4mo
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Soubhiville
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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My July wrap-up 📚😊. I liked every one of these this month!

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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perfectlywinged
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Just started this (I loved her short and powerful book Ghost Wall this spring) and the prose is already so good.

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Soubhiville
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Wow that was an unexpected ending.

Summerwater is comprised of many very short snippets from the lives of different people vacationing or living along a loch at the end of a very long one lane road. Each one is completely engrossing, giving a true feel for what it is to be an overworked mom, a bored teen with no tech access, a woman with dementia, a little girl who is a bully. The wildlife even have brief narratives.

No real plot, I loved it.

Soubhiville Thank you @Mitch ! This was totally unique. I will definitely look for more Sarah Moss after reading this. 5mo
MsMelissa I adore the cover of this novel. 5mo
Tamra I loved it too. Overall quiet and reflective, which I typically enjoy. 5mo
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SamAnne I love Sarah Moss. 5mo
Mitch Glad you liked it - it has Sarah Moss‘s style of really getting under the skin of the characters but in terms of form - it‘s SO different from her usual! 4mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked this, too. It made me want to read more from her. 4mo
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TheEllieMo
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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I am posting one book per day (ish) from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 227
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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maddielikesbooks
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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a fave read of 2021 💘 moss gorgeously observes the way we subtly edit ourselves in both the presence & absence of others and the internal conflict we have we ourselves. i loved how easily it was to slip from household to household and never have it feel like awkward intrusion— it flows beautifully & lyrically

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Moss has such keen eyes for human nature, the family relationships. I liked going inside the minds of the different characters, all very relatable. I love the evocative writing. The endless rain, the weariness..ominous as the tension builds up by each chapter, leading to an ending which is not what I expected. The prose is suspenseful, especially the chapter on the boy on the kayak. A brilliant read with some important topical themes.👍💙

SamAnne I want to read everything by her. 5mo
TrishB I loved this one too ♥️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review 5mo
NatalieR Excellent review! I‘m intrigued by this book now. Thanks! 🤓 5mo
BiblioLitten I don‘t know why but I stacked it at endless rain! 😅 4mo
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Branwen
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Starting this one before heading in to work! Happy Friday! 😃💕📚

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Kazzie
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Similar to Ghost Wall: characters‘ interior thoughts are explained at length. And in this case, many of these thoughts are very human: petty and mean. Well written, with a sad ending

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sarahbarnes
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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I really enjoyed this little book. A picture of human nature - its flaws and quirks and insecurities, and also ability to come together - illustrated in a vacation community at a lake.

TrishB I loved this one ♥️ 5mo
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sarahbarnes
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Three pretty great books to have read so far on this vacation! 😀

Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 6mo
vivastory I hope you are having a great vacation! 6mo
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Tamra
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I think this might be my first Kate Moss. If you like peeping into the minds of others, check this one out. She does a great job capturing personalities and states of mind by conveying the perception of each character in a single background setting.

The best chapter was the one wherein the older woman is going out the cabin door, or trying to go out, to gather some leaves for the potatoes. Lots said there without many words.

TrishB Agree totally 👍🏻 6mo
SamAnne I enjoyed this one and LOVED the very dark Ghost Wall. 6mo
Tamra @SamAnne I tried Ghost Wall on audio months ago, but it wasn‘t the right book at the right time. I will be trying it again. 👍🏾 6mo
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Soubhiville
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Thank you for the sweet and thoughtful birthday gifts @Mitch ❤️. This is such a nice heavy duty tote bag, and I‘m looking forward to the book. Somehow I have never read any Sarah Moss, though I‘ve heard great things. Thank Mel as well, sending best wishes to you both. 💕

Mitch It‘s a bit different from a normal ‘Sarah Miss‘ but it‘s got a good summer vibe! 👍🏼 6mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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A book really about nothing but every single character's perspective was so spot on and with Morven Christie's narration it made this book incredibly enjoyable.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Ahhhh wonderful to hear Morven Christie narrate this one!

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TheLibrarian
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Although beautiful written, this book didn‘t captivate me like Ghost Wall did.

Each chapter is from the point of view of one of the vacationers at a rural area of Scotland that contains a handful of cabins. Each group of people staying in the cabins don‘t know or really talk to one another but they do take notice of each other.

SamAnne I liked Ghost Wall more—-it really builds to the end. But I enjoyed this one too. I want to read all of her books now. 8mo
TheLibrarian @SamAnne Ghost Wall was one of my favorite books of the year when it came out but I struggled through this. Maybe too many characters? I tend to struggle with that. 8mo
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Redwritinghood
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Each chapter in this book is from the perspective of a different character. It‘s a snapshot of a day at a summer holiday spot. It is a simple story, but each character was wonderfully realized with distinct voices for each. Most of the chapters center on family relationships. Lovely writing too. 4⭐️ #hoopla

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This is a fairly short audiobook, but Morven Christie narrates so it is a must listen to for me.

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akfreeborn
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Sarah Moss is masterful at underlying trouble and trepidation. An isolated vacation spot and tensions with everyone cooped up because of very rainy weather, everything escalates but quietly and ultimately sorrowfully. I think I liked Ghost Wall a bit more but the writing is beautiful and she captures modern life and relationships so well.

SamAnne Excellent review and my thoughts exactly on Ghost Wall and tagged. I want to read everything by her now. 9mo
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kathedron
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Thank you for this one @TrishB , I liked it s lot! A miserable holiday all round, I knew "something bad" was going to happen but it might have centred on any of the characters that we meet. She's great at the tensions in families/relationships, isn't she? And I enjoyed the flashes of humour, too. Like Ghost Wall, though, the ending felt very abrupt, a swift change of gear that I'm not sure entirely worked.

TrishB Yes, that ending was very, ‘ok I‘m done now!‘. I love her writing. (edited) 9mo
SamAnne Agreed. Oh I love her writing. 9mo
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SamAnne
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Love Sarah Miss. Loved Ghost Wall. This novella has same spot-on writing, more dark humor. Set during holiday at an isolated Scottish lake resort on a day with torrential rain. People forced to deal with themselves and others. Class friction, lives not meeting expectations, xenophobia, and specter of Brexit and Trump works. Chapters are vignettes focused on individual characters. Each a great read but don‘t tie together in satisfying way.

SamAnne But still a 4 star read for me. 9mo
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Godpants
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Moss is so good at writing the hypnotic nature of ennui. This didn‘t work as well for me as Ghost Wall but it‘s a short character study.

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Hooked_on_books
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This is such an interesting little book. It feels simple, yet it‘s not. Moss moves from person to person staying at a Scottish vacation spot, giving us a picture of who‘s there and how they are all interacting, even when they aren‘t, and steadily building to the climactic event. Not only is it a good read, it‘s one where you could really study the structure to try to see how she did it.

TrishB I loved this one ❤️ 10mo
SamAnne Just got my copy from the library. It will be this and Ring Shout this week end. 10mo
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rmaclean4
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5 ?!! I loved Ghost Wall and this has the same slow tension in the writing. Tight writing. Sarah Moss is becoming one of my favorite writers. I love her subtle and not so subtle portraits of how we "other" each other. Highly readable.

SamAnne I just picked up from the library yesterday! It took forever for them to order it. I loved Ghost Wall and am looking forward to this one. 10mo
rmaclean4 @SamAnne has a very Ghost Wall feeling of underlying menace. Hope you love it! 10mo
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Godpants
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Ghost Wall was a favourite read of mine from 2018, so I don‘t know how I missed finding out that this came out in 2020.

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KarenUK
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#wondrousWednesday @Eggs Love these questions! 💕

1. Summer girl by Haim has a dreamy, ethereal mellow vibe like this tagged book.
https://open.spotify.com/track/4iVAyRRWdgjwBooBaSkSRc?si=GhfCdQnWTMme3u8T6BkvdQ
2. My various ‘Out of Print‘ tees that I wear to my bookstore job.. (Matilda, Hermione, P&P, Handmaid‘s tale, Princess Leia)
3. I actually love to read about old/aging characters.... they tend to move me in a profound way... (I‘m 46)....

Eggs Thanks for your thoughtful responses 🎶📚💗 #3: I know what you mean-especially since I‘m really old 10mo
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ClairesReads
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Summerwater is Sarah Moss at her finest. This is a taut, oppressively claustrophobic novella which chronicles a rainy day at an isolated Scottish holiday park on the loch. Through this series of internal monologue vignettes, Moss showcases her incisive ability to capture the human condition. Her eye for human nature is uncompromising. This novella has atmosphere plus. I remain as much of a Moss fan girl as I was before I read this.

Cinfhen Great review 11mo
ClairesReads @Cinfhen thank you 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have this stacked. Your review makes me more eager to read it! 👍 11mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻✨I want to read this too 11mo
ClairesReads @erzascarletbookgasm oh that‘s great to hear- I hope you enjoy it too 11mo
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻 it‘s a great read 11mo
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KarenUK
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Releases in US on 1/12/21
My first read of the year was a spectacular one. Not for the plot-lite averse, but I loved it. The writing is just fantastic. This slim novel set in one endlessly rainy day at a holiday camp of log cabins, by a remote Scottish loch, is all about the atmosphere and observations.
As each vignette touches on the inner lives, frustrations and micro-aggressions of the inhabitants, an ominous feeling begins to creep in....⬇️

KarenUK Every detail is captured perfectly, each holiday-maker so subtly observed. And interspersed between the character studies are beautiful paragraphs of descriptions of the creatures and landscape somehow looking on.... The whole novel gives that feeling of both being voyeur and of being watched.
Really fantastic. Can‘t wait to read more Sarah Moss.
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BarbaraBB Wow you should work at a bookstore 😉! Definitely #stacked 🤍 11mo
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CarolynM You've sold it to me🙂 Stacked. Happy New Year Karen🎉 11mo
KarenUK @barbarabb you think? 😂 11mo
KarenUK @CarolynM And to you! 💕🎉 11mo
Moray_Reads Love Sarah Moss. She's so good at the slow build of tension 11mo
Kalalalatja She is one of my fave authors 👌 11mo
4thhouseontheleft Excellent review! I read Names for the Sea a few years ago and didn‘t really care for it, but now I want to give the author another chance! 11mo
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Jas16
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This is not a book you read for a plot because there really isn‘t one. Instead you get to crawl into the minds of people having their summer holidays interrupted by strong rain and experience their innermost thoughts. Some characters were more compelling than others and I sometimes lost track of the connections but overall each voice was so realistically rendered I felt as I intimately knew them within a few pages.

readordierachel Great review. Sounds really interesting. 11mo
eraderneely I liked this one too! 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved her Ghost Wall! Glad you enjoyed this :) 11mo
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BookishTrish
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I started this book - about a rainy summer solstice in Scotland - on the shortest day of the year. It fit. The rain in the book drives everyone inward and each chapter is a vignette about a single character‘s inner life. Tension mounts as day end approaches, but otherwise not much happens. Read this book if you are looking for something Well-observed and atmospheric.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I really enjoyed this one. 12mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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I love Sarah Moss‘ writing. I love the twisty way she unwinds a story. A short book but a read best enjoyed slowly and carefully read. #Netgalley #ARC

sarahbarnes I‘m so interested to read this one! 12mo
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eraderneely
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Gorgeous book so far.
I have never related to a book so hard as the chapter about the mum with young kids when the dad takes them out for an hour. And she keeps spending five minutes tidying something up, then reprimanding herself for not using that alone time optimally, then peeking out the window to see how her family are doing.
I can‘t wait to have five minutes to myself, then spend it looking out the window at my family 🙄

TrishB I loved this one ❤️ 13mo
eraderneely @TrishB I don‘t know about you, but I spent the beginning feeling very judged by the runner 😂 13mo
TrishB @eraderneely 😁 I know what you mean! 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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Let me start by saying, I love Sarah Moss, which is why it pains me to say, this was just okay. The book oozes atmosphere and setting, in a way that I could feel the rain creeping into my bones, but the story wasn‘t really gripping. There were too many characters, and not enough of an in-depth-look at the characters, which Moss normally do so well.

Oh well, you can‘t win them all 🤷‍♀️

#BookSpin - just in time 😅

Cathythoughts Oh dear ! You do love Sarah Moss , I see that in your posts. I only liked Bodies of Light , so far ..... I must look closer at this one 13mo
TrishB Oh I really loved this one. Sometimes it‘s the mood. 13mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB definitely, and my state of mind does impact how I feel about the book. I just wished for something more immersive, I think 13mo
Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts Bodies of Light is my fave by her, but I can highly recommend Night Waking or The Tidal Zone by her 👌 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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Oryx
Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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I love this letter from the author in this special version only available from indie booksellers. This one I got in @squirrelbrain 's lovely local bookshop in Harrogate.

wanderinglynn I love extras like that. 👍🏻 14mo
SamAnne That is great. I have this one on hold at the library. But have been doing my part to support the indies! I loved Ghost Wall and can‘t wait to read this one. 14mo
squirrelbrain Aw, that‘s lovely! I went back to Imagined Things last week and bought 5 books.... (mainly gifts but I may also have treated myself!) 14mo
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Oryx
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What a fabulous writer Sarah Moss is. Normally 'plot light' books aren't my favourite thing, but I couldn't put this down. I loved being in the different characters' heads. My only quibble is it's too short - I would like to explore the characters more!

Cathythoughts I‘m converted after Bodies of Light. Look forward to this book 14mo
eraderneely I think this is next up for me! 14mo
LeahBergen This sounds good! 14mo
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Clare_Riley
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A day in the life of a group of holidaymakers in a Scottish Highlands holiday park. Each section follows a different person as they kill time during a very wet day. Not all of them are particularly nice, but they‘re very normal people, with the usual worries of children, work, retirement, illness. I really liked this, it had a great atmosphere running through it, almost a dread of something happening. Moss writes good atmosphere 😉

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thewallflower0707
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I read this today in a very fitting place - on a lake in the hot afternoon sun ☀️! #Summerwater is at the same time a book about nothing and a book about everything. I kind of wished that the short chapters would have fitted better and sooner together. This would have made the ending more powerful. Nevertheless, the writing is beautiful and I really enjoyed it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars

TrishB That‘s a great pic and very fitting, except no rain! 1y
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TrishB
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Brilliant. Not long enough is my only grumble. Her characters are so real, the landscape is amazing and I can still feel the rain. She is so clever with words.

Caroline2 Sounds good, stacked. 😉 1y
squirrelbrain Glad you liked it! @Oryx - looks like a good choice yesterday! 😁 1y
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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MsMelissa This isn‘t available here until January, and the cover isn‘t as pretty 😥 I may have to visit Book Depository 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good and I like the cover. Great review 👍💖 1y
Oryx Excellent! Looking forward to getting to it! 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Oryx Emma choose well 😁 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts it is definitely not as dark as Ghost Wall! 1y
TrishB @Book_fiend the cover is beautiful, I have stroked it a few times next to me on the couch. 1y
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm thank you 😘 1y
TrishB @Caroline2 I thought it was a clever little read 👍🏻 1y
Oryx @TrishB Well I had a good book advisor in @squirrelbrain - and I think you had posted on it recently as well, which was the first time I've heard of it. It's a new author for me. 1y
squirrelbrain Yes, Trish, it was your #bookmail post that prompted me to post it out to @Oryx .... 1y
TrishB @Oryx you have others to look forward to if you like it ❤️ 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain what is life without Litsy ♥️😁 1y
SamAnne I loved Ghost Wall and can‘t wait to read this. 1y
andrew61 I've not listened to it yet but she was on one of the recent episodes of radio 4 book programme. 1y
Kalalalatja Now I‘m even more excited! 1y
TrishB @SamAnne me too 👍🏻 hope you like this one too. 1y
TrishB @andrew61 I‘ll definitely try and get to that 👍🏻 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja hope you like it 🤞🏻 1y
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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#bookmail
Tagged book is completely the fault of @Mitch . I didn‘t know she had a new one out until your review and this looks gorgeous.
Sisters has so many good reviews from friends I just went for it!
Have read so much on kindle lately (not a problem - they‘re books!) that it feels like these are in multi technicolour. I do miss lovely covers on kindle.

Cathythoughts I really look forward to your thoughts on Sisters. 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts I‘m a bit wary of Sarah Moss after Ghost Wall .... #unpopularopinion 1y
Mitch Enjoy! 1y
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Mitch @Cathythoughts I haven‘t read Ghost Wall yet - bit Bodies of Light is my fav Moss ( prior to Summerwater!) 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Ooooh, I want to read Summerwater too, I stacked after seeing @Moray_Reads review :) Look forward to your thoughts on both when you get to them. 1y
rockpools Oooh. 1y
MicheleinPhilly SWOON! 😍 1y
KarenUK I have both of these ready to read too.... they both sounds great 👍💕 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I think Moss may be a marmite author. I loved Ghost Wall. 1y
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I only saw Mitch‘s review, I shall check out the others too. 1y
TrishB @rockpools @MicheleinPhilly something so satisfying about beautiful covers ❤️ 1y
TrishB @KarenUK I‘m looking forward to both of them 😁 1y
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, good for you #TreatYoShelf 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen just happened 😘 1y
squirrelbrain I really liked Sisters.... 1y
Kalalalatja I just ordered the Moss today, and I‘m so excited! 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain yours was one of the reviews that clinched it for me! 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja yes I think it may rise up my tbr very quickly! 1y
MsMelissa That Summerwaters cover is so beautiful! 1y
TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa it is very lovely ❤️ 1y
rockpools @Cathythoughts I might well have avoided her if I‘d read Ghost Wall first tbh - it‘s v dark! But I agree with @Mitch - Bodies of Light is just wonderful! 1y
emmaturi I have Summerwater as a library book. Which I will have to read quite soon, luckily it is only 200 pages 1y
TrishB @emmaturi yes I‘m anticipating a quick read when I get there! 1y
Cathythoughts @rockpools Yes, Ghost Wall was dark ( & I‘m usually fine with dark ... but there was something about it that I couldn‘t take. @Mitch maybe Summerwater is the one I need to sample 👍🏻❤️thanks guys XX 1y
Moray_Reads @erzascarletbookgasm I really enjoyed both of these, they're brilliantly atmospheric. Hope you enjoy @TrishB 1y
TrishB @Moray_Reads loved them both ❤️ 1y
BookishTrish These are the exact books I got today 12mo
TrishB @BookishTrish hope you enjoy them 😁 12mo
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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#augustwrapup
A very cover coordinated month and some great stories to get consumed by. I've travelled to Dublin during the flu epidemic, felt the spit and blood of the female boxing scene in eighteenth century England, mourned loss with the AIDS community and marvelled at how forward thinking some of Austen's characters really were. I've soaked up the damp on a Scottish lochside and been somewhat underwhelmed with essays on the true crime scene.

TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 1y
squirrelbrain Another fab summary! ❤️ 1y
rmaclean4 I am excited about Summerwater. (I loved Ghost Wall.) How did you like the novel? 1y
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Mitch @squirrelbrain thank you! How was your reading month? 1y
Mitch @rmaclean4 I loved Summerwater. It was broody and menacing and filled with nature and landscape and human observation! 1y
rmaclean4 It will be the next book I order from my local bookstore. Good ready month for me as well. I may finish one today, so will post a wrap-up tomorrow. I listened to Pull Down the Stars this month. I thought it was interesting reading about a pandemic during a pandemic. I did find the ending predicable however. 1y
squirrelbrain A *lot* of books @Mitch, including half of the Booker longlist, but I still feel like I‘m speed-reading...need to find a way to slow down and enjoy them more....! Maybe less challenges next year? 1y
Mitch @rmaclean4 agreed. The ending was a little anti climatic 1y
Mitch @squirrelbrain you always read so many! I‘m envious ! 1y
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Moss writes about people & landscape brilliantly. She has the ability to get under the skin of the invisible lives we each hide from the world, the small gestures & habits we live with when alone. Taking place over one day, in a set of holiday cabins beside a Scottish loch - we feel the tension, there is an ominous air of violence building right from page one. In amongst the family dramas the landscape heaves, and pulses and of course - it rains!

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 I hadn‘t realised she had a new one out. 1y
Mitch @TrishB It was out last week - its vintage Moss - really fab! 1y
TrishB I‘m very tempted! 1y
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Treated myself to this ( I ♥️Sarah Moss) whenI had my 15 mins slot in our local Indie. It‘s a beautiful edition especially printed for independent bookshops with special end papers, signed and a letter from the author explaining her love of bookshops. 🥰

Mitch How did your bookshop trip go @Soubhiville ? 1y
eraderneely Loved Ghost Wall. Stacked! 1y
Mitch @eraderneely that‘s the only one of hers I‘ve not read yet ( it‘s glaring at my from my shelves!). Good to know you liked it. I‘m about half way through this one and it‘s fab! 1y
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Soubhiville That‘s really beautiful! B&N was pretty quiet when I went. I should post what I bought! I spent a bit longer than 15 minutes browsing, but only touched what I wanted to buy. 😊📚 1y
Hooked_on_books What a gorgeous cover! So was it kind of fun to have the store all to yourself? Or more stressful and sad? 1y
Ruthiella I‘ve not yet read any Sarah Moss!And she‘s such a booktube darling.😀 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I feel like if I had 15 minutes all alone in a book store it might look like supermarket sweep. 1y
Mitch @Soubhiville glad you went. 👏🏼🥳👏🏼 1y
Mitch @Hooked_on_books it was fun. The person booked in after me didn‘t come so it was a little more relaxed! 1y
Mitch @Ruthiella ah is she? I love her writing 1y
Mitch @Prairiegirl_reading it was pretty much like that! 1y
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Sarah Moss can write a character like no one else. In Summerwater, I felt like I knew and understood each character, their strengths and flaws. I just needed this to go on a little longer. It left me with too many questions.

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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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It never rains but it pours. Sarah Moss sets another of her brilliant studies of character and atmosphere on a long, rainy summer day in the Scottish wilderness. It has many of the features that made Ghost Wall a perfect novella, a superbly realised setting, clashing, desperation-tinged interior monologues and a creeping tension that doesn't reach it's height until the last sentence. Moss writes people brilliantly in all their darkness and light.

wanderinglynn Beautiful photo! Looks serene. 💚 2y
Moray_Reads @wanderinglynn it's a very rainy Loch Lomond! 2y
Kalalalatja Oh, I didn‘t know she had a new book out! 2y
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Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja I got it from Netgalley, I think it's out in July! 2y
batsy Ghost Wall did all of that perfectly, yes! Looking forward to this one. 2y
Moray_Reads @batsy she's so good at building up that creeping sense of dread from ordinary, everyday situations 2y
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