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All's Well
All's Well | Mona Awad
From the critically acclaimed author of Bunny, a darkly funny novel about a theater professor suffering chronic pain, who in the process of staging a troubled production of Shakespeares most maligned play, suddenly and miraculously recovers. Miranda Fitchs life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now shes on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeares Alls Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers. Thats when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Mirandas past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get whats coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain thats kept her from the spotlight is made known. With prose Margaret Atwood has described as no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged...genius, Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. Alls Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I thought “Bunny” was darkly weird, but this is more so! Exhausting, intense, darkly funny, and I read it with horror, too. All‘s Well has a clever connection with a couple of Shakespeare‘s plays. It‘s a poke at the perception of chronic pain, and of the health care industry. There‘s a good dose of the supernatural (or is it painkillers?) at play, that left me confused in parts. I think this makes a good book club read-lots to discuss. Quite ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …a ‘problem‘ book, like the Shakespeare play but it was a gripping read. 2mo
Graywacke I‘m intrigued. Great post! 2mo
batsy Nice review! I enjoyed Bunny a lot and will be attempting to read this at some point. Within the year, I hope. Lol 😆 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @Graywacke @batsy Thanks! Given both your wider and in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare‘s works, I believe you‘ll have a better grasp of this, and appreciate more!😊 2mo
CarolynM Great review. Like @batsy I liked Bunny and I am going to read this, but I really need to “brush up my Shakespeare” (especially All‘s Well) before I do. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM Thanks. Maybe just read the summary of All‘s Well and Macbeth to refresh your memory, so you‘ll get the subtle nuances. 2mo
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vivastory
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“A display of wellness. That's what's called for in this moment. A performance of health so that the audience understands. The audience will only know how deeply you have been in pain when they see how hard you dance afterwards.“
Theater performer turned college theater director Miranda Fitch is suffering from crippling chronic pain following an accident during a performance of MacBeth (or Mackers or The Scottish Play: the superstitions

vivastory surrounding this play was a fun bit of theater trivia). Pain relief pills, PT , failed surgeries, physiatrists-none of the treatment options have provided long term relief & in many instances have exacerbated her condition. Her students are upset over her decision to stage a production of Alls' Well, rather than the more popular Hamlet or Mackers. I loved Awad's previous divisive novel Bunny & AW is every bit as strange IMO. The strangeness in 4mo
vivastory Awad's work does not operate as context, rather as the icing on the cake that she offers her readers. There is much thoughtful commentary here in a work that includes Shakespearean change of fortunes. I was esp. moved by how she writes of how pain robs people who suffer it from the vocabulary that is necessary to articulate their experience. I am trying to avoid recency bias, but I *might* have liked this one even more than Bunny. BRAVO. 4mo
Ruthiella Great review! Different from Bunny... I‘d be hard pressed to say which I liked more. 4mo
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vivastory @Ruthiella I can def. see that! I agree that, although equally strange as Bunny, it is def different. Loved both & I Hope more readers discover this one. 4mo
Megabooks Wow. This review makes me like it and understand it better than I did on my own. Thanks! 4mo
vivastory @Megabooks In addition to the commentary on pain treatment in our health care system etc, I thought it was unique how she incorporated elements from both All's Well & MacBeth rather than focusing on a single work like most books would. 4mo
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vivastory
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Some of the Shakespeare allusions in this are a bit heavy handed, but others are pretty clever.

Leftcoastzen I aspire to smell of sage & treachery! 😄 4mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Sage & Treachery by Calvin Klein 4mo
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CarolynM
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Recent acquisitions

TrishB Lovely acquisitions ♥️ 5mo
LapReader I‘m very jealous xo 5mo
Ruthiella I would love to know what you think of the Mona Awad book. I really liked it, but I know it really didn‘t work for other readers. 🤔 5mo
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LeahBergen Ooo, nice! I must look up that Dean Street Press author. 5mo
Cathythoughts Great looking stack ❤️👍 5mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I liked the weirdness of Bunny so I have high hopes, but I think I need to refresh my memory of All's Well That Ends Well before I start it. 5mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I'd not heard of him, but Abbey's (my favourite Sydney bookshop which is very good for crime) had a pile of his books, so I'm giving him a try🙂 5mo
vivastory I just finished Alls' Well & I loved it. I haven't read the source material & didn't have any trouble with it. 👍 (edited) 4mo
CarolynM @vivastory Good to know. Thanks 🙂 4mo
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MrsReads1
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Overall an okay reading month. Nothing I read this month blew me away except for All's Well which I highly recommend to everyone! I managed to finish my #bookspin and #doublespin, though, so I'm taking the win!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! 5mo
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Beachesnbooks
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March wrap-up! I finished 10 books, but unfortunately several were disappointments. Still found some good ones, though!
🥇All's Well
🥈Assembly
🥉All of Us Villains

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BeeMagical
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Book 48🎧 5⭐️
Another amazing book by Awad! Includes an ode to Bunny too🐰💕
This was so good! I love the “is/about” Shakespeare stories (10 things I hate about you/The taming of the shrew) and this was a fantastic version of Alls well that ends well!

With Awads classic dark humour and satirical writing, you really feel what it‘s like to live as someone with chronic pain, see how they are treated. I appreciated her showing this raw side of pain.

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Butterfinger
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Mehso-so

Creepy!!!! I realize that if I knew enough Shakespeare I would recognize all the references, but I think Stephen King also influenced the writing. I thought of Thinner as I listened. And if I hear, "Am I right?" I may just lose my head as Ms. Fitch seems to on opening night. How annoying.

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kwmg40
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This #ToB22 book has elements of All's Well That Ends Well and Macbeth mixed into a wonderfully crazy story about a high-school drama teacher suffering from chronic pain. Miranda tells her students that Shakespeare's play is both a tragedy and a comedy, and one can say the same of this version of All's Well.

I wouldn't recommend this novel to everyone, but I really loved it myself.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Suet624 I wasn‘t particularly taken with the book but I like your review a lot. 5mo
Ruthiella I loved this one too! I also loved her previous book 5mo
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BarbaraBB Very insightful review. We both finished it on the same day! 5mo
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks @Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thank you for your comments! 5mo
kwmg40 @Ruthiella I've not read Bunny yet. Will have to put it on my list. 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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Just in time before this book is up against The Trees in the #Tob22 I finished it. And I like it a lot more than I thought I would. Miranda is a theater director who suffers chronic pains and lives on painkillers. When she meets three weird men in a bar, all‘s well. No, not really. The book becomes a mess after that but I liked it.
No match for The Trees though, if you‘d ask me!

#Tob22 #pop22 #MisleadingTitle

Megabooks Great review and 💯 agree! 5mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB Fab review, and agree! 💕 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I like that cover. 5mo
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BarbaraBB @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Me too! It fits the book, the only thing missing are the poppy‘s on her dress 😉 5mo
Cinfhen Totally agree!!! No match for Trees which is a shame because this book was satisfyingly weird. 5mo
squirrelbrain Great review…one of the #tob books I didn‘t get to. 5mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was pleasantly surprised after Bunny, which I do however appreciate more in hindsight! (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘m glad I could fit it in in time but it‘s not a must read I think. You‘ve got enough on your plate (from the library) 😉🤣 5mo
vivastory I had never seen this cover. Amazing!! 5mo
kwmg40 I just finished this one and liked it a lot too. It's too bad it's up against the Trees, as I don't think it has much of a chance against it. 5mo
Mindyrecycles I also thought very highly of it and hate that it‘s up against Trees. 5mo
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 @Mindyrecycles A lot of my favorites this year are on the left side of the brackets and therefore up against eachother way too soon. The right side is less interesting for me! 5mo
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Beachesnbooks
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March TBR, Part 2! A few days into the month & I keep adding books to my monthly TBR. I'll have to see how realistic or unrealistic it is in my monthly wrap-up 📚

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Hooked_on_books
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After hating Bunny, I had no intention of reading this book but did so for TOB completeness. I hated the first part with it‘s tedious, one-dimensional characters but pushed forward since I knew it would change. I actually found that I enjoyed parts of it and wanted to keep going, though the weirdest sections didn‘t work for me. On no planet should this ever best Percival Everett‘s masterful The Trees.

Librariana I wish I had a better grip on/understanding of Tournament of Books to where I could keep up with the contenders, but goodness knows I can barely keep up with the few things I choose to read. I'm a bit of a lost cause, Holly 😁 6mo
Megabooks Yeah, this was a weird one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I almost bailed SO many times. If she lands on another TOB list, I‘m skipping the book! 6mo
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BkClubCare
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First third is scary good full of overwhelming physical pain and it was almost more than I could bear. And then it almost became deliciously fun in contrast, exploring the reverse. Yowza this is darkly comic and manic. The ending is supposed to be unsure and unresolved, so that fits. 🥴 I liked it getting there, so it gets a pick. 🌹🥀
#tob2022

sarahbarnes I liked it too! 6mo
thebluestocking I liked this one too!! I think that first section on chronic pain is amazing. I do not have chronic pain but know many who do, and I was able to have more insight into what it is like. I love books for that reason. 6mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I really enjoyed this exploration of chronic illness and how we deal with it, the callous tyranny of "mind over matter," the deals we attempt to make with ourselves and the world, and the ways that we support others (or not). There's some Shakespeare, too, but at the level that I appreciate it (I like the themes and I like the use of language/wordplay, but the plays don't usually engage me for the duration of a performance). #ToB2022

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ImperfectCJ
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Here's Silo wondering if he should be familiar with the Shakespeare play to fully appreciate the tagged book or if having elaborate whiskers and a regal profile is sufficient.

RaeLovesToRead Hello Silo 👋👋😊 7mo
Pageturner1 😻🙀Hi Silo! So pretty kitty 7mo
BkClubCare No deep Shakespeare knowledge required, imo (I was good with all the references - the narrative explains well enough.) 6mo
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BkClubCare
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Worked on my February #BookSpinBingo list. Giving two slots each to my remaining #TOB2022 titles. Finished Intimacies this morning, watched some 🏈 (Congrats to Cinci), and now starting All‘s Well. It‘s due at the library on 2/2 😬
I did manage both the January Spin and the Double! I did not hit any bingos. And yet, I read 12 books! 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️

Nutmegnc I had to return the Dutch house audio to the library because somebody was waiting. Now I‘m Waiting for it to come back up so I can finish it! 7mo
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Mindyrecycles
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My #tob22 picks in order thus far:

1. The Trees
2. Klara and the Sun
3. The Sentence
4. All‘s Well
5. The Book of Form and Emptiness
6. The Echo Wife
7. Intimacies
8. Beautiful World, Where are you
9. In Concrete
10. When We Cease to Understand the World.

Where am I wrong? I can take it. 😂

Matrix and Nervous System are in progress. If I finish everything including the remaining play-ins, I‘ll give No One is Talking another go. 🙂

Ruthiella I like your countdown! I‘d put Intimacies higher and the Echo Wife lower and I‘ve not finished The Sentence yet, but so far I like it quite a bit! 👍 7mo
Megabooks No a fan of Klara and loved Intimacies. So glad we all have different opinions!! 7mo
BarbaraBB Love this! I hope you‘ll get to Subdivision. It‘s one of my favorites this year. 7mo
Mindyrecycles @BarbaraBB I‘m on track so far to get them all in. 🤞🏼 7mo
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cariashley
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This is a tough one to rate, really wavering between so-so and pick so going with a low pick. Totally bizarre with lots of smart Shakespearean references and other devices that were mostly over my head. The portrayal of chronic pain was fascinating and terrifying, and gave me the humbling feeling that fiction isn‘t so far from reality for many. Book 7 down #TOB22

BarbaraBB I‘m not really tempted to read it but already ordered the paperback edition 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB yeah I‘m happy I got it from the library - I don‘t think it‘s out in paperback in the US yet. 7mo
Ruthiella I really liked this one, especially how it got weirder and weirder. I understand some readers think Miranda hallucinated some/all of it due to all the meds. But I prefer to read it “straight” and accept the sorcery and magic of it. 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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The surrealism in this #tobshortlist novel is what I would imagine coming down from a bad high feels like. Certain aspects are expertly done. Awad really captures the experience of being a chronic pain sufferer, the misogyny that still exists when trying to seek treatment, and the disbelief by friends and family faced by many with chronic pain. The first 100 pages was fantastic. Then the book became a bit unmoored, in a WTF did I read kinda way.

Prairiegirl_reading After bunny I expect “unmoored, in a wtf did I read” from Mona Awad. 🤣 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Also fills #pop22 quote from favorite author on cover of Amazon page (Margaret Atwood) 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read Bunny! 7mo
Zuhkeeyah @Prairiegirl_reading I felt the same by the end of Bunny. It started off great…then just drifted aimlessly. 7mo
vivastory Did you see that you can pre-order igned copies of Atwood's upcoming book on B&N 7mo
vivastory *signed 7mo
Cinfhen This one was VERY Bunny-ish @Prairiegirl_reading but I liked it more. It‘s DEFINITELY odd & quirky 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @vivastory 😍😍 I didn‘t. Thank you!! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Zuhkeeyah the ending of All‘s Well kind of redeemed itself, there was a very vivid sequence that I thought was done very well. The middle part though, really started to drag. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen the Miranda after the golden drink, and how awful she became, really bothered me. But it is a book that makes you think! She definitely ranks up there on the list of most unreliable narrators. 7mo
Cinfhen The parts you highlight in your review are the reasons I really enjoyed this book / I‘m not familiar enough with Shakespeare to understand all the hidden messages/ identities. I LOVE the cover design ❤️not a favorite for the shortlist - surprised it advanced 7mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure if I‘ll read this. I didn‘t like Bunny at all and I don‘t know much Shakespeare. It‘s also not published over here until Feb. 7mo
Suet624 I gave this a so-so as well. She captures the chronic sufferer aspect perfectly but the rest was a mess. 7mo
Megabooks This was a low pick for me. Eh. I agree with much of what you‘re saying. 7mo
Ruthiella I loved the messy, magical part of this one. @squirrelbrain I think you won‘t like this one much if you didn‘t like Bunny. It‘s equally bizarre. 7mo
thebluestocking I usually don‘t go for this kind of weirdness, but it worked for me. I agree that the first 100 pages were the best. 7mo
BarbaraBB Still need to read this one but love how different we all react to it! 7mo
sarahbarnes Great review. I did love the weirdness even though I got a little lost in it. 7mo
BkClubCare Honestly, I do not look forward to this one. 7mo
Mindyrecycles I really liked it even though I didn‘t understand it completely. Still mulling it over but I was into it from beginning to end. 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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I had to sit with this for a bit to really decide how I felt.

The main character annoyed me and I had a hard time even caring about her pain. I do appreciate the author addressing chronic pain and how doctors often dismiss a person's complaints. Also, the clever connection to Shakespeare saved a lot of this story for me.

I'm giving this a pick for its creativity, and I enjoyed most of it, but I didn't love it like I had hoped. #ToB2022 #ToB22

Bookboss I just picked this up from the library. 7mo
Addison_Reads @Bookboss my only suggestion would be to not try and make sense of things as you read otherwise the surrealism might become overwhelming. The story has a certain flow of madness if you just let yourself ride the waves. 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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This book is a bit bonkers. Usually I love the weird stories, but I am really struggling here. I‘m definitely getting deep into the surreal section, and I don‘t like it.

Can someone tell me if it just keeps going down a rabbit hole? Miranda has turned into a major asshole. I‘m going to finish, because it‘s a #tobshortlist book that also fills a lot of prompts. But I may start skimming.

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh no! I loved this, but it is for sure going to be a decisive read because it is so surreal. 7mo
vivastory I was just thinking that I need to read this because my current read reminds me of Bunny, not because it has a similar story but bc it's also conceptually unusual 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @ChaoticMissAdventures I think I just need to accept the surrealism and go with it ☺️. I keep trying to make sense if it 😜 7mo
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cariashley So funny, I‘m at EXACTLY the same point in the book, chapter 18. I‘m liking it but you‘re right that it‘s bonkers. I‘m just going along for the ride, wouldn‘t say I‘m loving it, but am finding it entertaining even if I don‘t know where it‘s going. 7mo
Addison_Reads I just finished this one and I usually really enjoy the weird and surreal, but I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I'm going to have to sit with it a little before I review it. 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @4thhouseontheleft I think that is the best way! Just read through and don't think much about it until you are done, then sit with it for a bit. But of course not all strangling books are for everyone! 7mo
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Sophronisba
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Although All's Well is well-written and Miranda is certainly a vivid character, I mostly found the book an exercise in frustration. I found Miranda‘s complaints about her disappointments in life grating, and although I could sympathize with her chronic pain (and her truly terrible doctors), I found it hard to sympathize with her disdain for her students. And while the book is clearly intended to be humorous, I didn‘t think it was all that funny.

Suet624 I‘m remembering how frustrated I was with this book. 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Well, I did not end up reading next to the cats earlier today, but now I am settled in to my favorite chair next to the fireplace, with my new cozy sweater and favorite socks!

About 100 pages into this one and still on the fence about how I feel. As someone who dealt with chronic pain from endometriosis for years, I hope this book does justice to the subject of the obstacles chronic pain sufferers face.

#tob #tobshortlist

4thhouseontheleft And I had to laugh that at the top of my Litsy feed is a lot of cozy blankets! @Soubhiville @Amiable 🤣 looks like a cold night for many today! 7mo
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft It‘s January in New England. There aren‘t too many nights that don‘t call for my trusty fleece blanket! 😀 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I‘m in NC. It was almost 80 a week ago. Expecting snow this weekend. I‘m excited to finally be able to wear sweaters! 🤣 I do NOT miss the Northeast winters though. 7mo
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Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I‘m a New England gal to the core. I can‘t stand the heat and humidity—I could never live in the south. If I could encase myself in fleece all the time I totally would! 😀 But that‘s why we have 50 states —there‘s one that‘s just right for everyone. 🙂 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I do very much miss New England culture! Southerners are still sometimes confusing to me 🤣 7mo
Soubhiville Honestly it‘s not that bad here in TX. Low 70‘s today. I‘m just a wimp. Plus the hairless cats, they always want blankets, even in the summer. 🤣🤷‍♀️ 7mo
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft Are you from these parts up here? Where? When did you move to NC? My oldest son is stationed at the Marine air station in Jacksonville. He lives not too far from Topsail, I think? He‘s not a huge fan of NC—or at least, the part where he is. (He did like visiting Asheville, though.) (edited) 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I grew up in PA, but I've also lived in MD, NY, and NJ! Moved to Charlotte from NJ in 2011 once my hubby finished residency. We do like it here but there are some things I really miss! If we ever move back, it would probably be to MA, it's one of my favorite states. Asheville is one of my favorite little cities! 7mo
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I love MA, too! That‘s where my husband and I met in college and lived for almost 14 years. I‘d go back there in a heartbeat, too. 7mo
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AlizaApp
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Another twisty novel from Awad. If you like weird, this one is for you. A former actress with a crippling chronic illness is trying to stage All‘s Well That Ends Well at the university where she works, but the mutinous students are dead-set on doing Macbeth instead. She makes a deal with a trio of strange men she meets in a local pub and it looks like things might be going her way for a change - or are they?

BarbaraBB Still need to pick this one up. A bit hesitant after Bunny! 7mo
AlizaApp @BarbaraBB I didn‘t think this was quite as “out there” as Bunny, but I did like both 7mo
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sarahbarnes
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Although I‘m not quite sure what happened at the end (🤷🏻‍♀️), I really liked this dark and sinister tale of the female experience with pain and the value placed on youthful beauty. I didn‘t read Bunny, but now I‘m going to have to check it out. #ToB2022

Booksarelifeaddict I just started bunny 🐰 7mo
sarahbarnes @Booksarelifeaddict I checked it out from the library today! 7mo
Booksarelifeaddict I just started bunny yesterday so I‘m only a few chapters in so far it‘s going good! Hopefully we both love it 😉 @sarahbarnes 7mo
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BarbaraBB Now I‘m actually looking forward to this one (I didn‘t like Bunny much) 7mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I‘m going to give Bunny a try. I remember hearing mixed reviews. Will be interested to see what you think of this one. 7mo
merelybookish I find her books tend to fall apart in the end but the first 2/3 is brilliant. 7mo
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merelybookish
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There is such daring to Awad's writing I cant help but admire it. Because this novel (like Bunny) is unapologetically nuts. Painridden drama professor Miranda, makes a proverbial deal with the devil, not unlike a certain doomed Scottish king. And then strange things begin to happen. Playing with fantasy lets Awad explore how crazy pain can make us and the lengths we would go to avoid it. Tying it all to Shakespeare is just plain clever. As 👇

merelybookish With Bunny, I found the first 2/3 much more engaging and then my interest lagged as the resolution seems to require a lot of action along with a suspension of disbelief. I end up unsure as to what exactly happened. 7mo
vivastory Great review 👏👏 I really do need to read this, as I did really love Bunny 7mo
Alfoster It was unusual but interesting!👍 7mo
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merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! There is definitely a similar manic energy and a sense of things getting out of control. I probably preferred Bunny as that creative writing cohort was just too enjoyable. But Awad has fun skewering academia in this one too. 7mo
vivastory I will adjust my expectations, but I think her writing about Shakespeare will be really interesting too. 7mo
thebluestocking I really liked this one too. I haven‘t read any of her others, and I‘m thinking I need to read Bunny. 💙 7mo
Ruthiella Unapologetically NUTS! This is what I have loved about the two Awad titles I‘ve read. And she can write. The first part was so hard to read because of all the pain. 7mo
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to it- despite Bunny 😀 7mo
merelybookish @vivastory I would say all the things that made Bunny are in this one too. 7mo
merelybookish @Alfoster Haha.😁 Indeed! 7mo
merelybookish @thebluestocking If you liked this one then yes, you should definitely read Bunny! 7mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes, she can write. Like she has a style that is all her own. And I caught myself like others in the book, just wishing Miranda would pull herself together. So she did a good job writing pain and how unsympathetic we can be to people in pain. 7mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I am excited to see what you think! 7mo
readordierachel Yay! I loved Bunny and am really looking forward to this one especially after this review. 7mo
merelybookish @readordierachel I am excited to hear what you think! 7mo
BiblioLitten ‘Unapologetically nuts‘ perfectly sums up Awad‘s writing. 7mo
merelybookish @BiblioLitten Thanks! 🥰 7mo
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thebluestocking
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect with this book. It did get weird. No doubt. But I really enjoyed the writing and the twists and turns. The descriptions of chronic pain and useless treatments were particularly visceral. And it made me want to read Shakespeare. A win for me.

#tob #tob2022 #tob22

BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one, reviews are so intriguing! 7mo
merelybookish Great review! The pain was visceral! 7mo
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thebluestocking
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01. All‘s Well; Libertie
02. All‘s Well
03. New books coming from Hanya Yanagihara and Emily St. John Mandel

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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merelybookish
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How I'm spending the evening. Happy New Year everyone! 🥂🎉🎊 Wishing us all lots of peace, joy, and good books in 2022!

RaeLovesToRead Happy New Year!!! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year!🥳🥂 8mo
thebluestocking I‘m diving in to this one tomorrow! 💙 8mo
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MaureenMc Happy New Year! 🎆 8mo
vivastory Happy New Year 🎉🍾📚 8mo
Reggie Happy New Year! 8mo
CarolynM Happy New Year 8mo
readordierachel Happy New Year! (I love this cover 😍 Hadn‘t seen this version before) 8mo
Cathythoughts Happy New Year ❤️ 8mo
batsy That's my kind of NYE! Happy New Year, Margot! ❤️ 8mo
youneverarrived Happy New Year 🥂 8mo
merelybookish @thebluestocking I'm 100 pages in and enjoying so far..waiting for things to get weird, as they tend to do in Awad's novels. 8mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 8mo
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Melismatic
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If you loved Bunny (as I did), I think you‘ll like this. Not as left-field bizarre but heavy on the “what” and “is any of this really happening” that Awad does so well.

Definitely liked this more than the play it pays homage to - All‘s Well That Ends Well - but I think it makes sense to read/get the gist of that play before reading. Odd? Yes. Satisfying? In its own way. #ShakespeareReadalong

rachelm I liked this one 8mo
merelybookish Starting this one today! Interested to see how it reimagines that pretty awful Shakespearean plot. 8mo
Melismatic @merelybookish enjoy! It gets wild! 8mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-13-21: My 125th finished book of 2021! This one was weird!! A woman, Miranda, suffering chronic pain and abusing her pain meds, while directing a production of All‘s Well That Ends Well by Shakespeare at a small college, meets 3 strange men who change her life and her pain threshold. This book felt like a fever dream! I was waiting for the character to wake up and say it never happened. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣2️⃣5️⃣

BarbaraBB Great review! 8mo
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Melismatic
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About to start my 100th (& probably final) book of 2021. What a crazy year. 🙈🤷🏻‍♀️😂

DivineDiana 👏🏻💯 📚 8mo
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Suet624
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I only read this because it‘s on the #TOB22 shortlist. Every year the Tournament of Books provides me with at least one book where, when finished, I scratch my head and say, “what the hell WAS that?” If you want to read an exquisite account of living with chronic pain, the first 100 pages is perfection. After that it goes off the rails and I‘m not sure what the point of it all is. It‘s not a pan, but it‘s not one I‘d recommend to anyone either.

sarahbarnes 😂😂 I‘m picking this one up at the library tomorrow. We‘ll…see how it goes! 8mo
Ruthiella I think it takes its cue from the Shakespeare play in that it purposefully does not add up at the end. 8mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes it‘s on several lists as a book to read. Hopefully you‘ll really enjoy it! 8mo
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Suet624 @Ruthiella oh! Well then she‘s done a great job. 😄🥴 8mo
ReadingEnvy I bailed! 🥴 8mo
Suet624 @ReadingEnvy You are clearly smarter than I am. 8mo
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Librarybelle
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It‘s hard to review such an odd book, though I did not find it as odd as Bunny, which I surprisingly liked. This one I liked too because it is so different. Unreliable narrator, suffering from chronic pain, who meets three mysterious men who offer her a different path. It‘s hard to understand everything taking place, but I could also feel the levels of despair and elation throughout the novel.

Be prepared for an odd adventure with this one!

Cinfhen Great review 😊definitely a strange book but easier to follow than Bunny 🐰 9mo
squirrelbrain Good to know it‘s not quite as weird as Bunny, which I didn‘t like! 9mo
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Librarybelle @squirrelbrain It‘s still a bit strange, but definitely not as weird as Bunny! 9mo
Ruthiella I LOVED Bunny and liked this one a lot too! I really want to read her debut novel now. (edited) 9mo
Librarybelle @Ruthiella I‘m curious about her debut novel too! 9mo
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Taylor
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I would say this book is only so-so, except there were some genuinely riveting moments of tension, and I can‘t take that away from it. Most of these moments didn‘t come to much though, for me, unfortunately.

It also made me think about some cool stuff regarding characters/characterization, with much of this being tied into Shakespeare specifically. (I love Shakespeare.)

Awad is a cool writer, but I don‘t think I‘d read more of her work.

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Taylor
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And now for a totally random book that the only reason I‘m reading it is ‘cause my godmother wants me to.

It‘s fine; it‘s not like I have a near-endless list of novels I want to read for myself.

(I‘m actually liking it pretty well so far (I‘m also a good ways through it). It‘s much better than most stuff I find myself reading because people lend it to me.)

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HeatherBookNerd
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This is one weird book. It has its good points - sharp, darkly amusing, insightful writing. Awad just nails the experience of chronic illness and pain. But then it takes a turn and we go from one extreme to another. The story gets more nebulous, blurring the lines of reality. It just got exhausting and repetitive - all the extremes. It would have made a bold novella or short story. Very bizarre.

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vlwelser
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There is something brilliant about this that I can't quite put my finger on. And I definitely preferred Bunny. This is centered around a college production of All's Well That Ends Well and the director who is dealing with chronic pain. It's hard to explain but by the end, the author has your brain turned upside down and you wonder if you're the one that's crazy.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much @AmyG You are also my favorite swap partner. I love everything. The books are great, I'm especially looking forward to All's Well. The lotion and candle smell so good. The cards and and notepad are really cute. I'm looking forward to trying the coffee and I guess I need to bake cookies now 👻
#LLFS #LitsyLoveFallSwap
@Bookgoil @rsteve388

AmyG You are so welcome!!! 10mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Jen2
All's Well | Mona Awad
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So creepy

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ICantImReading
All's Well | Mona Awad
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Awad‘s writing - original, biting, trippy, and darkly funny, it‘s easy to get swept up in the madness. I enjoyed Miranda‘s voice and the commentary on the denial of women‘s pain, although as the book went on, her descent into mania made me inwardly cringe. (Maybe that‘s part of the point - how we often want to look away from other‘s suffering?) I‘m still not sure what was reality, but I know I‘ll be thinking about this for awhile.

ChaoticMissAdventures I loved this one too! So creative and just weird enough. 11mo
ICantImReading @ChaoticMissAdventures have you read Bunny yet? I loved that one, too! 11mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @ICantImReading I have not! It kept going on and off my TBR, but after this one it is firmly On. It seems to be a special kind of audience for her books. 11mo
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Ericalambbrown
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I really wanted to like this book. I love Shakespeare and magical realism is typically my jam, but this one left me cold. I didn‘t like any of the characters and really didn‘t care about any of them. I‘m not even sure why I trudged on with it. I guess I kept hoping it would pay off but it just did not for me.

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Booknerd222
All's Well | Mona Awad

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ICantImReading
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My newest #authenticbooks box! I loved the weirdness of Bunny and am looking forward to this! They sent a calla lily and white currant candle, a “bard of soap” (lol), a French rose clay facial bar, a sheet mask, a maple cinnamon cocktail mixer, a book playlist, and recipes! Ahh bring on the fall vibes!! 🍁 🍂 #bookmail

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KarenUK
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Like Mona Awad‘s last novel ‘Bunny‘, this novel is full of wit, and teeters on a thin line between fantasy and fiction. Dark academia, Shakespearean comedy/drama and strange magic combine in this fever dream of a novel. But it was Miranda‘s daily struggles that I found so heartbreaking. Awad brilliantly portrays the awful, dismissive way people (often women) with an ‘invisible‘ condition can be treated by medical professionals,and even loved ones.

Ruthiella I liked this one a lot too. The first few chapters were rough because Miranda‘s pain was so palpable. 11mo
ICantImReading I just got this today, I‘m looking forward to it! It makes me excited to see good reviews. I loved Bunny! 11mo
BarbaraBB I‘m still hesitating because of 11mo
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KarenUK @BarbaraBB mmmmm if you didn‘t like Bunny, I would skip this for sure. 11mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, it‘s always a relief to not have to read something 🤣😘 11mo
CarolynM I'm looking forward to this. It's not out here yet. 11mo
kspenmoll Great review! 11mo
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BookishTrish
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This book was my staycation treat and while I didn‘t love it as much as I love Bunny (which I‘ve read 3x), it‘s still amazing. Sharp writing, dark magic, and Shakespearean themes are just three of the reasons I‘d recommend it. The first 100 pages are an almost too intense description of living with chronic pain - the writing is that masterful.

vlwelser I think I'm mostly impressed that you read Bunny 3 times. 12mo
BookishTrish @vlwelser I truly feel Bunny is a gift and I‘ll undoubtedly read it again. Have you read it? 11mo
vlwelser Only once so far. There really is nothing else quite like it. But I'm also intrigued by this new book. 11mo
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Booknerd222
All's Well | Mona Awad
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#literallydeadbookclub September pick and I‘m so exited!!

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Bookalong
All's Well | Mona Awad
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5🌟A riveting, kaleidoscopic ride! Centering on women's pain and the gas lighting of chronic pain in the medical profession and society in general. Love how Awad crafted Miranda's character. I related to Miranda's suffering and understood her contempt. Then as she starts losing her mind and will do anything to remain whole she transcends into villain hood and being in her head was like some sort of bad drug trip. #bookreview #canlit

Cathythoughts Greaff review 👍🏻 I have this one stacked already 12mo
Bookalong @Cathythoughts thanks! Hope you enjoy! 12mo
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