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Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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"From the author of the "dazzling. . . . and daring" Pond (O magazine), the adventures of a young woman discovering her own genius, through the people she meets-and dreams up-along the way. In a working-class town in a county west of London, a schoolgirl scribbles in the back pages of her exercise book, thrilling to the first sparks of her own inventiveness. As she grows, she becomes one on whom nothing is lost. Not the novels an eccentric customer slips her at the grocery store where she works as a checkout clerk, or the indelible outline of the careening creature himself. Not the growing heaps of books in which she loses-and finds-herself. Not even the sudden swerve a college friend's mounting envy of her blooming talent takes, derailing in a devastating violation. Threaded through it all, the escapades of her first fully fleshed character-one Tarquin Superbus, bouncing among various time periods and exotic locales-are matched by our delight and exhilaration as the scenarios she is learning to conjure, and the fate she is forging for herself, come together in a brilliant conflagration. Exceeding the extraordinary promise of Bennett's mold-shattering debut, Checkout 19 is a radical affirmation of the power of the imagination and the magic escape those who master it open to the rest of us"--
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Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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I really loved this…. It felt like stream-of-consciousness (though it‘s not) with self-reassurances and lists, but it‘s really just the story of a young woman getting to grips with her creative self. The writing is consuming, I felt completely absorbed by the account of someone‘s reading and writing life. Mostly plotless, there are stories within stories, numerous switching tenses, and just lovely writing. Can‘t wait to read this author again.

jlhammar One of my favorite reads this year! Happy to see it getting more love. 1w
Megabooks I loved this too! So unique! 1w
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I loved this book! Claire- Louise Bennett is a brilliant contemporary writer who pushes the boundaries of what fiction can do. This book is ostensibly about the narrator's development as an artist but that makes it sound straightforward and it's not.
She may pop up again for letter P. 😄
#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy I really need to get to both her books! I've read a few interviews and she seems so interesting. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for playing!! 2mo
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My 2nd DNF this month so I‘m not sure if it‘s the books or if I‘m in some weird mood.

This started out so promising with the protagonist‘s love of reading and libraries. Then the book went on a tangent with the protagonist‘s story written at uni. Now I‘m halfway and the protagonist is just name dropping all these authors and I feel like the author is doing this to show how smart she is. It‘s not that I haven‘t heard of the authors because I have

AnneCecilie and I‘ve read many of the books as well. I guess I just need more. But I must confess that I never thought I would DNF a book about books. 4mo
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This is a fabulous book!! There are stories within stories and such wonderful use of language. I loved it so much and am definitely going to need to read her collection of short stories now. Thanks for putting this one on my radar @Megabooks !

Megabooks You‘re welcome!! 👍🏻 5mo
jlhammar Yes, so fabulous! One of my top reads this year so far. Hope you enjoy Pond. It‘s excellent. 5mo
sarahbarnes @jlhammar it is for me as well! And great to hear you also enjoyed Pond - I‘m looking forward to reading it. 5mo
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BarbaraBB I‘ve been wanting to read this too ever since @Megabooks review. Now I want to even more! 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘d appreciate/enjoy this one! 😀 5mo
merelybookish So good!! I feel like she pushes the boundaries of fiction. And I love that! 5mo
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If Sally Rooney and Ducks Newburyport had a child that ate glue, it would probably be this book. Wonderfully imaginative, Bennett writes as if she‘s a girl growing into her writing style. My favorite chapter was a long rambly one written as a teen. And while this ISN‘T stream of consciousness, the paragraphs do get a bit lengthy, and she employs lists and flights of ideas like Ducks, while having (in later chapters) the millennial angst of Rooney.

merelybookish Wonderful review! I loved this too! 5mo
Megabooks @merelybookish thank you! I was surprised by how well it worked and how much I enjoyed it! 5mo
sarahbarnes Well, with that description, I‘m definitely going to have to add this to my list! 5mo
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britt_brooke Your first sentence! 😂 5mo
Leftcoastzen 👏😂 5mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think you‘d like it! 5mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen loved writing this review! 😀😀 5mo
Cinfhen OMG!!! Your review is hilarious 😂 #stacked 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen this was a fun one to write! 5mo
BarbaraBB Fantastic review. I repeat myself but you should do this professionally! You can sell any book. I stack this one of course! 5mo
Cinfhen Totally agree with @BarbaraBB 🙌🏻 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen thank you both! I very much enjoy writing reviews! I‘m not sure how to get paid. 🤔 plus, it would have to be something brief like this. I‘m not as good at verbose ones. 😂 5mo
TrishB Great review 😁 I definitely know I wouldn‘t like this book! 5mo
squirrelbrain Such a fab review - stacked! 5mo
batsy Yep, that first sentence 😆 5mo
KarenUK Fantastic review! Stacked! 5mo
BkClubCare Yikes! You have me curious. 5mo
jlhammar So happy to see this book getting some more love! One of my favorite reads this year. 5mo
Megabooks @TrishB thank you! 💜 nothing is for everyone, though 😀 (edited) 5mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! I think you‘d enjoy it. 👍🏻💜 5mo
Megabooks @batsy really enjoyable review to write! 5mo
Megabooks @KarenUK thanks! 💜💜 I hope you try it. 5mo
Megabooks @BkClubCare it was a surprise how much I enjoyed this! 5mo
Megabooks @jlhammar it has been way underhyped. Great hidden gem for sure! 5mo
BkClubCare @Megabooks (Can you tell me what image is shown on the cover? I just cannot tell what I am looking at) 5mo
Megabooks @BkClubCare I‘ll look a little closer in the morning (it‘s 4 am here - I can‘t sleep 😂), but I didn‘t pay attention when I got it! 5mo
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“I fell into Checkout 19 and didn‘t want to climb back out. It is wonderful—I‘m not sure why, and that makes it all the more wonderful.” - Roddy Doyle

The above blurb exactly captures my feelings. Loved Pond (her debut) and loved this. Our narrator is a reader with a capital R and books are at the heart of this autobiographical novel. To those who enjoy innovative literary fiction, highly recommend.

merelybookish Great review! From you and Doyle. 🙂 I loved this (but I think I already told you that.) 6mo
jlhammar @merelybookish Glad to know of a fellow Claire-Louise Bennett fan! Your review was fantastic. It is kind of a difficult book to describe, but so good. 6mo
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“Later on we often had a book with us.”


Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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#bookmail I was head over heels for Bennett‘s debut, Pond, so very excited for this one.

merelybookish I loved this book (ordered it early from the UK)! 7mo
jlhammar @merelybookish That is great to hear! The covers are so different, but I really like both. 7mo
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#ARC #Netgalley #Checkout19

My 1st thought on finishing this was WTF did I just read and a couple of hours later I still feel the same.

Loved some of the writing but SOC is really not for me.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4465069173

This weeks new recipe pork tenderloin with sweet potato, pineapple and kale.

MrsMalaprop That looks delicious 🤤. 8mo
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A portrait of the artist as a young woman. Not so much a story as a journey to understand how she became the artist she is. Reading features largely throughout. This is not a straightforward tale but one that spirals as particular books, ideas, interactions, and events are revisited. Bennett writes autofiction that is specific, intense, layered. The prose is brilliant, but you have to trust it will take shape. For me, it did. I loved it!

batsy Nice review! She sounds like someone I'd really enjoy. Have you read Pond? I read excerpts and I've been meaning to get to it 🙈 9mo
merelybookish @batsy 💯 percent she would be up your alley!! I did read Pond, twice. I loved it so much I ordered this one early from the UK before it was released in North America. I am a fan! 9mo
vivastory I just watched you speak about this on Shawn's channel & I'm sold! 7mo
merelybookish @vivastory Oh thanks Scott! She's a pretty amazing writer. I think you'll like it. 7mo
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"I began reading more and more books by women and that didn't leave me much time anymore to read any books by men."
This ? Happened to me too.

Ruthiella Based on stats I‘ve been keeping for the past few years, I‘m at a pretty even split between author genders. 10mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella That's not intentional I assume, just how it pans out? 10mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish Yup. Totally unintentional. But I do tend to read a fair number of 19th and 20th century classics which skews more male. 10mo
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I got bit by a dog yesterday on my morning walk (had to go to the hospital and get a tetanus shot) so my sister dropped off this cute mini poinsettia to cheer me up. Paired it with my current read. I loved Bennett's Pond and this has a similar stream-of-consciousness style, although written from a young girl's perspective. I'm into it!

Sharpeipup Sorry to hear about the bite…hope all is well! 10mo
vivastory Sorry about the bite! 10mo
Jas16 Oh no! I am sorry to hear about the bite and the shot! 10mo
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JamieArc I didn‘t realize you could get tetanus from a dog! Yikes! Hope the healing goes well. 10mo
merelybookish @Sharpeipup @vivastory @Jas16 Thanks! It was upsetting and I have an ugly gash on my calf but I'll live. 10mo
merelybookish @JamieArc It's for rabies. Just in case. 10mo
ShelleyBooksie Sending speedy healing vibes! 10mo
MaureenMc Hope you‘re feeling better soon! 10mo
Julsmarshall I‘m so sorry! I hope you mend quickly! 10mo
Lindy Heal soon. What a lovely poinsettia. I don‘t remember ever seeing one that looks this shade of orange. 10mo
Kimzey How scary! Hope you feel better soon! 10mo
LeahBergen Oh no!! That‘s awful! Sending love your way. 😘😘😘 10mo
EvieBee I‘m sorry that happened to you! 🤗🤗 10mo
batsy Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that 😥 Sending ❤️ Looking forward to your thoughts on this one! 10mo
merelybookish @Lindy Thank you. The poinsettia is pink, but the light in that room is very yellow. 10mo
merelybookish @Kimzey @LeahBergen @EvieBee @batsy Thanks friends! I appreciate all the love. 🥰 10mo
Centique Oh no! That‘s so frightening. You poor thing! I hope it heals up quickly 💕💕 10mo
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I ordered some books from different places and they ALL arrived today.
📚 Claire-Louise Bennet's new novel
📚 Book 4 of the Cazalet Chronicles
📚 Bear (Canada's controversial classic 🤨)
Now where to begin?!

Cathythoughts These look great , I‘ve never read anything by Bennett.. I must investigate 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
ReadingEnvy Bear FOR SURE 12mo
LeahBergen I‘ve never actually felt strong enough to tackle Bear. I‘ll see how you do with it! 🤣🤣 12mo
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batsy Ooh I want to collect those editions of Cazalet Chronicles! And I so need to read Louise-Bennett; I've yet to read Pond. 12mo
batsy *Bennett, rather 😆 12mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I really loved her previous book Pond but it's not for everyone. 12mo
merelybookish @ReadingEnvy Haha! Ok! I am curious! 😳 12mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen The description is so weird. I'm expecting the book to be even weirder! 12mo
merelybookish @batsy Up till now I've been reading cheap, old editions of Cazalet. Now I'm feeling like I might need to go buy them again to have a matching set. These covers are so cool! And I think you'd like Bennett! 12mo
ReadingEnvy @merelybookish ooh I loved Pound but d 12mo
TheLudicReader I heard them talking about Bear on CBC a while ago…very curious about that one, so I will be interested in hearing your thoughts. (edited) 12mo
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