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Chouette
Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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A FIERCE, DARK FABLE ABOUT MOTHERHOOD THAT WILL GRIP YOU IN ITS TALONS AND NEVER LET GO Tiny is pregnant. Her husband is delighted. 'It's not yours,' she tells him. 'This baby will be an owl-baby.' Odd, lonely, haunted by a mysterious past, Tiny's always been an outsider. And she knows her child will be different. When Chouette is born, Tiny's husband and family are devastated by her condition and strange appearance. Doctors tell them to expect the worst. Chouette can't walk; she never speaks; she lashes out when frightened and causes chaos in public. Tiny's husband wants to make her better: 'Don't you want our daughter to have a normal life?' But though exhausted, shunned and bereft of her former life, Tiny thinks Chouette is perfect the way she is. As Tiny and her husband fight over what's right for their child, Chouette herself is growing. And in her fierce self-possession, her untameable will, she teaches Tiny to break free of expectations - no matter what it takes. Savage, startling, possessed of a biting humour and wild love, Chouette is a dark modern fable about mothering an unusual child. It will grip you in its talons and never let go.
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BkClubCare
Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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My December #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo List

Sadly, November reading took an (expected) turn when the #TOB2022longlist was announced; have placed a few of the #NonficNov titles ongoing. I present a December list @TheAromaofBooks

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mklong
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This is a weird, often gruesome, little book, but it is also a refreshingly original portrait of motherhood. The struggle between the parents to do what is “best” for Chouette with ever advancing technology is striking, as is the loneliness and helplessness that Tiny (the mother) has to face.

BkClubCare I just signed up for a virtual author talk on Nov 30 for this and author of Nightbitch - I have too many books to read NOW 😂 (edited) 2w
mklong @BkClubCare Ooh that sounds great! It seems like the two would be on a similar wavelength 2w
BarbaraBB Sounds good though! 2w
BkClubCare @mklong - look for Book Shop Santa Cruz if interested- it‘s free 2w
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vlwelser
Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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This book is a giant lovely metaphor for what it's like to be a mother, specifically of a child with special needs. And how isolating it is. Not that I have any personal experience with the subject. But this book is beautiful.

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@TheAromaofBooks

Pub date is 11/16/2021
#ARC #Netgalley

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TorieStorieS
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This piece of literary fiction moves quickly- on the surface, it‘s the story of one mother, Tiny, and the owl-baby she gives birth to. But it is also a story of a marriage that doesn‘t work, of in-laws who treat her as a total outsider and what it‘s like to have a child who doesn‘t develop like all the rest. In some ways, this reminded me of NIGHTBITCH- and I think this is sure to spark plenty of conversations amongst its readers! Available 11/16!

Libby1 Wonderful photo. ❤️🦉❤️ 4w
TorieStorieS @Libby Thank you so much!! I love owls- which was what drew me to this title originally! 🦉 4w
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BkClubCare
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Just arrived! Very excited.

“Arresting, darkly funny, and unsettling, Chouette is a brilliant exploration of ambition, sacrifice, perceptions of ability, and the ferocity of motherly love.” #TOB-adjacent #ARC #DogsofLitsy #EstherAssisting

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everlocalwest
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Absolutely adored this book. Honestly, it hit me so specifically that to even review it seems like an overshare but I'll say this, it's an experience.

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arlenefinnigan
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A novel where a woman gives birth to an owl?! This sounds AMAZING.