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The Performance
The Performance: A Novel | Claire Thomas
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A novel about three women at turning points in their lives, and the one night that changes everything. One night, three women go to the theater to see a play. Wildfires are burning in the hills outside, but inside the theater it is time for the performance to take over. Margot is a successful, flinty professor on the cusp of retirement, distracted by her fraught relationship with her adult son and her ailing husband. After a traumatic past, Ivy is is now a philanthropist with a seemingly perfect life. Summer is a young drama student, an usher at the theater, and frantically worried for her girlfriend whose parents live in the fire zone. While the performance unfolds on stage, so does the compelling trajectory that will bring these three women together, changing them all. Deliciously intimate and yet emotionally wide-ranging, The Performance is a novel that both explores the inner lives of women as it underscores the power of art and memory to transform us.
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Cathythoughts
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Thankyou Carolyn ! I‘m looking forward to the tagged book. Love the book for my granddaughter 🥰💕
The handcream is gorgeous ( already using it ) and I love soap .. all lovely.
You see The Daughter of Time is there on the left , still waiting for its big day ! Thankyou 😘

squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Wonderful gifts! I read Hairy Maclary over and OVER to my nephew. 🥰🥰 1mo
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CarolynM Only slightly late then, that's good😊 Enjoy! 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen oh good! It‘s a good one so X 1mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Thanks so much ! I l will enjoy 😘 1mo
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rmaclean4
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@TheAromaofBooks I read the #bookspin book for Feburary...in the first week of the month! Loved this very introspective novel. We get the interior life of three diffrent women watching a Becket play while wild fires rage outside the theater. Loved that we had women of various ages and diffrent concerns. Highly recommend. Reads like a much longer book 4 🌟

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
CarolynM I liked this one a lot🙂 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ! Stacking 3mo
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CarolynM
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#12booksof2021 #6thbookof2021 #June

A snapshot of the lives of 3 women at a particular point in time. It's deceptive simplicity made it stand out.
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Andrew65 Sounds good. 5mo
TheBookHippie Oh this does sound good! 5mo
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KarenUK
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#midyearfaves #Day4 of 10
An intimate study of 3 women, as a their lives intersect. A philanthropist, drama student working as an usher, and a Lit professor facing retirement are watching a Beckett play as wildfires close in on their city. As the performance goes on, their minds wander, as they contemplate their hopes, traumas, anxieties and struggles, reflecting the themes of the play. The women felt so real, I felt such empathy for each of them.

BarbaraBB I completely missed this one but it does sound good! 11mo
JennyM This is a cracker of a book that I read on your recommendation, Karen. A bit of a hidden gem. I think you‘d like it @barbarabb (edited) 11mo
KarenUK Oh I‘m so glad you like it @JennyM I had a feeling you would x 11mo
vivastory This one sounds brilliant. Another one that I'm stacking! 📚 11mo
CarolynM I liked it a lot too🙂 11mo
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CarolynM
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Describes the thoughts of three very different women as they watch a performance of Samuel Beckett's play Happy Days while a bushfire burns in the mountains on the edge of their city, giving just a snapshot of this particular point in each woman's life. It doesn't sound very promising, but I couldn't put it down. #ozfiction
Also #CuriousCovers #Pink

Eggs Unique! 💖📚🌸 11mo
JennyM I really enjoyed this one, too. Lovely writing 11mo
CarolynM @JennyM Yes, she does a lot with a very little (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen This sounds amazing!!! 11mo
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Abailliekaras
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I really enjoyed this story of three women at the theatre. Sharply observed, engaging writing and interesting structure with the play as backdrop as bushfires rage outside. It‘s rich white people‘s problems but their traumas are deeply felt, & it‘s also a climate change novel with the symbolism in the play of humans‘ inertia, complacency and the risk of slowly becoming extinct. Clever writing, Charlotte Wood fans will love.

BookishClaire I can‘t wait to read this! Struggling with more literary books right now but hopefully one day soon! 13mo
CarolynM On my shelf. Hope to get there soon🙂 13mo
Kalalalatja Great review, and very striking cover! 13mo
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Abailliekaras @Kalalalatja thank you ☺️ 13mo
Abailliekaras @carolynm hope you enjoy. 13mo
Abailliekaras @BookishClaire I know the feeling! 13mo
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KarenUK
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I ❤️this kind of book, a beautiful character study of 3 women, their lives intersecting. A philanthropist, a drama student and a Lit professor are watching the Beckett play ‘Happy Days‘, as wildfires rage close to their city. As the performance plays out, their minds wander, contemplating their hopes and anxieties, their inner struggles reflect the themes of the play, the actress literally becoming buried deeper into a mound of dirt and trash.⬇️

KarenUK I felt such empathy for each of them.
The writing is intimate and lovely, the characters so real. The themes of identity, aging, trauma, fear and expectations are handled with such care. Such a fantastic read. Can‘t wait to read more from this author.

(No prior knowledge of the play is required, but a quick browse of the wiki page definitely gave me a greater understanding of the way these women‘s lives and the themes of the play intertwine)
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JennyM Beautiful review. I‘m very excited to read this one. Sounds my kind of book 📚 14mo
KarenUK I think you‘ll like it.... 🤞🤞💕 @jennym 14mo
CarolynM Lovely review🙂 I'm looking forward to this one, this month, hopefully. 14mo
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