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The Bread the Devil Knead
The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
'An extraordinary and emotionally immersive novel the music of Lisa Allen-Agostinis writing voice is gloriously specific to Trinidad, yet this heart-wrenching story of a woman both liberated and in need of liberation has universal resonance.'Margaret Busby. Strips you down to raw nerve to build you back up again. Allen-Agostini has an unswerving eye.Nalo Hopkinson You dip into the first page and dont come up for breath until the last... thoroughly enjoyable.Kei Miller Alethea Lopez is about to turn 40. Fashionable, feisty and fiercely independent, she manages a boutique in Port of Spain, but behind closed doors shes covering up bruises from her abusive partner and seeking solace in an affair with her boss. When she witnesses a woman murdered by a jealous lover, the reality of her own future comes a little too close to home. Bringing us her truth in an arresting, unsparing Trinidadian voice, Alethea unravels memories repressed since childhood and begins to understand the person she has become. Her next step is to decide the woman she wants to be.
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Karons1
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Amazing should have won the womens prize in my humble opinion. It‘s a remarkable book I can‘t believe it‘s a debut it‘s one of the best books Iv read this year in my top 5 for sure ! There is a lot of pain so be warned and the abuse pages are hard to read but the author handled those amazingly.I could easily have gone on to read another 100 plus pages , Now on to trespasses so today Iv gone from Trinidad to Northern Ireland 😆

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Karons1
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Bath time reads - wow 🤩 the devil the bread the knead is a remarkable book I can‘t believe it‘s a debut it‘s one of the best books Iv read this year in my top 5 for sure ! There is a lot of pain so be warned and the abuse pages are hard to read but the author handled those amazingly . I could easily have gone on to read another 100 plus pages . Now on to trespasses so today Iv gone from Trinidad 🇹🇹 to Northern Ireland

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Karons1
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Just started ! Finally 😅😀

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Karons1
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Could be the last time of reading 📖 in the sunshine ☀️ in the uk I‘m not ready for autumn 🍂 😩Iv had a couple of slow reading months so September will be better ! Planning to definitely read the bread the devil knead , the paper palace for bookclub & the prime of miss Jean Brodie & trespass by Louise Kennedy all have wonderful reviews 🤩🤩happy September folks 😘

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vlwelser
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I loved this. I think it was my favorite July read. It was on the short list for the Women's prize. And this cover drew me in. Set in Trinidad, it's the story of an abused woman who begins to rethink her life.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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vlwelser
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Picked up my free totebag from the library today. New favorite thing.

Tagged is my current library read which I LOVE.

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JillR
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A really moving and compelling story of Alethea, who is subject to domestic abuse and sees no way out. Despite the difficult subject matter I found this this a warm and uplifting story and loved the writing.
And there we have it, I‘ve read the Women‘s Prize shortlist and am feeling quite pleased with myself! What a brilliant range of books.

Cathythoughts Great review Jill 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
JillR Thanks @cathythoughts 😊 4mo
TrishB Well done 👍🏻 4mo
JillR @trishb nothing like setting myself a challenge I haven‘t really got time for 😆 4mo
BarbaraBB Impressive! Well done 👍🏽 4mo
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vlwelser
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Today's beach read. ❤🏖

Probably shouldn't bring a library book to the beach. Shhh don't tell on me.

Graywacke Looks lovely 5mo
Reagan I took 2 library books camping this weekend 😬 giving you a low high five 😆 5mo
vlwelser @Reagan I'll blow the sand out of it before I give it back. 5mo
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Curvybookgirl
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Really enjoyed this one and I can see why it was shortlisted for the Women‘s Prize. Great story with great characters. I would definitely read another of her books

charl08 Me too! Hoping she has something else in the works... 5mo
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Gissy
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A sad and hard story to read but with hope at the end. This story has many triggers like domestic violence, sexual, physical and psychological abuse, racism, is about poverty, opportunities, support love. Aletheia is an amazing character and I just live Collins. I wish I could have an audiobook to listen the Trinidadian creole accent, it‘s part of the character cultural identity. Beautiful book and in reality, the story could be worsen.4/4.5⭐️ ⬇️

Gissy According to the author, this book was rejected by many publishers, can you imagine? Part of the story reminded me Queenie in some way but this is another voice. It was written in the “native tongue” as author said which added cultural elements. Book was highly recommended by 2 YouTubers I follow for this type of reading: Britta Böhler and Eric Karl Anderson. Here in Litsy we have Shawn the book maniac. Always looking for their recommendations. 5mo
Gissy June 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

#CaribbeanAuthor (Trinidad and Tobago) I think this the first time I read a book from an author from this country.
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 5mo
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Leniverse
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Only a couple of hours until the #WomensPrize for Fiction 2022 is announced. Prediction? Favourites?
I have read 5/6 shortlist books and they were all good and very different reads. With the caveat that I haven't read the Ozeki yet, I think/hope that the winner will be The Bread The Devil Knead. I don't remember when I last hoped that hard for a happy ending for a character!

Oryx I'm hoping for Island, but also loved The Bread and The Sentence. 6mo
squirrelbrain Sorrow and Bliss for me, but closely followed by The Bread and The Sentence…. Hedging my bets! 😁 6mo
Leniverse @Oryx Those are my top three too, but I think in the order Bread - Sentence - Island. 🤔 6mo
jlhammar I'm hoping for Island or Sorrow & Bliss! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading Island now…loved Sentence and Circle. Haven‘t read the others, but sounds like I need to read Bread! 6mo
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jlhammar
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My last from the #womensprize shortlist and it was a good one. As many have warned, this is a difficult and distressing read. Alethea is a great character - endearing and so resilient. Thank goodness Allen-Agostini gives us a little hope at the end.

The judges have a very difficult task this year in selecting the winner (announced June 15). Can‘t wait to see where they land!

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rachaich
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Gosh, what a read.
The Trinidadian Creole dialect took some getting used to but I found I really liked the tone eventually.
The fact I kept thinking about the story whilst not reading it shows how much it got into me.
Not a pleasant tale but one which shocks and then settles, time after time.
Interested to see what other book club folk will think.

jlhammar Great review! I‘m hoping to finish this one this weekend. 6mo
rachaich @jlhammar it ended quicker than I'd anticipated... 6mo
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Cazxxx
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Excited for this one!

ChaoticMissAdventures I enjoyed it! It took me a few pages to get into the rhythm - the Caribbean dialect can be a challenge. 6mo
Cazxxx @ChaoticMissAdventures A few pages in and it doesn‘t seem too complicated to pick up the dialect so far! 6mo
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rachaich
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Perfect timing... on hold on Libby, book club chose it, then it dropped into my account. Hurrah!

LoverOfLearning Ah dang! My library doesn't have a copy on Libby yet! 6mo
rachaich @LoverOfLearning it's only recently come on mine :) 6mo
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jlhammar
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“When I wake up that morning, oh, God, my back and my belly was hurting.”

#FirstLineFridays

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charl08
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Fascinating to hear the author's reaction to the reading.

#WomensPrize #Shortlist

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shawnmooney
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https://youtu.be/L2pbMZCBQAs

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Freddie from Malaysia

The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini

Chat #2: with Kezia from Ohio

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

shawnmooney Chat #3: with with Trish from Liverpool

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Chat #4: with Bonnie from Buffalo

The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins

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TrishB Thanks Shawn ♥️ 6mo
LeahBergen Our @TrishB is back! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Oryx
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Of the 5 #womensprize shortlist books I've read, I think this is the frontrunner for me. I just loved Alethea. Her story is both heartbreaking but hopeful. And I loved that it was in Trinidadian Creole. All the stars.
Also extra love for amazing title and cover.

vivastory I have heard only good things about this one. 7mo
squirrelbrain This is my second favourite after Sorrow and Bliss…. 7mo
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Oryx
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This one is living up to the stellar reviews I've seen so far

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Cinfhen
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Shortlisted for the 2022 #WomansPrizeForFiction and maybe my front runner…..
Alethea Lopez is living in Trinidad , nearing forty & trying to survive the daily grind of past traumas & her current situation - an abusive relationship with a once famous local boy band member. Written in Creole, this story weaves all the colors, tones, flavors of the Caribbean. When Alethea‘s past collides with her present new opportunities arise for sorrow & hope.

Cinfhen WARNING: Loads of triggers 7mo
Cinfhen Tried a new cafe/ home style store…..so nice ♥️ can‘t wait to go back…very crowded today (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB Café looks great! So does the book! 7mo
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Cinfhen I‘m definitely going back with Niki @BarbaraBB she‘s gonna love it!! Totally plant based and everything is green / recycled 💚 7mo
BarbaraBB I was thinking of that, how you could go there with your kids! 7mo
Megabooks Fantastic pictures! Glad you enjoyed the cafe!! 💜💜 7mo
Centique Those flowers! You know me, always having flower envy 😘 7mo
Cinfhen The cafe had gorgeous arrangements @Centique but they were $$$ and I couldn‘t justify purchasing them 😢so I took a photo 🥰 (edited) 7mo
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Cinfhen
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Just the title of the novel is enough to get my vote for 2022 #WomansFictionPrize but I‘m pleased to say the writing, story, characterization are equally fantastic!! I‘m about 40% in and I can‘t put the book down!!!! I wish this was available on audio, as I‘d love to hear the book spoken in its native tone.

Oryx I've just bought this one! 7mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts @Oryx please keep me posted 😊 7mo
sarahbarnes Loved this one too! 7mo
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Cinfhen It‘s really rough content @sarahbarnes but it‘s done so well!!!! 7mo
squirrelbrain This would be so good on audio wouldn‘t it Cindy?! 7mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never even heard of it but am stacking of course. 7mo
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jlhammar
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Finally! It has arrived! I‘ve been waiting for this last one from the #womensprize shortlist. Now I just need to get to it before the winner is announced. Sounds kind of heavy, but looking forward to it. #bookmail

sarahbarnes It is heavy. But I loved it. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 7mo
Well-ReadNeck ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 7mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Unflinching and heartbreaking, but tinged with beauty and wit. Parts of this are incredibly difficult to read, please heed trigger warnings if they pertain to you. But if you can, it is a strong portrait of a woman buried in trauma and circumstance who just may be finding a way to herself

"... brutality is an inescapable inheritance of humanity, but so is Love. As terribly as we can be hurt, so deeply can we be healed. And we cannot stand alone."

TheKidUpstairs TW: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse (including the abuse and rape of a child), domestic violence 7mo
squirrelbrain Great review of a fabulous book, but you‘re right; it is very tough. 7mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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So glad this was on the Women's Prize for Fiction list, I had never heard of it before that.
This isn't an easy book. TW for incest, child abuse, domestic abuse, infertility
The topics are heavy, but the book contains hope, friendship and strength, and though some pages were very hard overall it felt real and hopeful. I enjoyed getting to know Athelea and watching her overcome her upbringing and be supported by so many.

ChaoticMissAdventures Some may find the Caribbean dialect difficult, but I encourage you to stick with it. Soon you will barely notice, and it gives good practice for going there and listening to the locals! (edited) 7mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I loved this one too! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo ❤️📷 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks isn't the cover just gorgeous? I love it! 7mo
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sarahbarnes
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A gut wrenching story with glimmers of hope. I really enjoyed the narrative style and loved the main character so much, and really wanted her to find the freedom and healing she so deserved. ❤️

squirrelbrain Great review. I loved this and really glad it made the #womensprize shortlist. 7mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain I was happy it made it, too! 7mo
jlhammar Hope the copy I ordered arrives soon! Look forward to reading it. 7mo
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sarahbarnes @jlhammar I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
BkClubCare Yes! Love to see these books on my timeline 7mo
sarahbarnes @BkClubCare ❤️❤️ 7mo
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jlhammar
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#womensprize shortlist

Four of the six I was hoping to see here made it so happy with that. I much preferred Build Your House Around Around My Body and Remote Sympathy to Great Circle. Sad to see those two go.

Now I just need to read The Bread the Devil Knead before the winner is announced on June 15.

squirrelbrain I agree with you on Remote Sympathy, and Build Your House, even though that didn‘t make my own shortlist. Great Circle just isn‘t ‘quirky‘ enough for me, whereas I didn‘t love the Ozeki as it was a bit too ‘magical realism‘. The other 4 I loved! 7mo
EvieBee Ooh! The Bread is the only one I‘ve not heard of. Sounds fascinating! 7mo
Ruthiella I‘ve already read two and will try and pick up Great Circle and Sorrow and Bliss before the winner is picked. 7mo
jlhammar @Ruthiella Look forward to reading your thoughts on GC and S&B. With Great Circle I enjoyed the historical timeline more than the present day, but still worth a read. Thought Sorrow & Bliss was so funny and moving. Hope you enjoy! 7mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforecast
Final April push

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Current read distracted by the coffee shop conversation going on beside me
Her: I see you are reading a book on polygamy. I am very interested in polygamy
Him: Mormon polygamy or regular?
Her Regular in my own life but like reading about Mormon, the books are often pretty wild
Spoiler alert - Rachel and Tom are going on a date on Wednesday.

Soubhiville 🤣 good luck to them. 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Soubhiville best part was I later realized she approached him when his girlfriend had left the table to go to the bathroom 😳 7mo
Soubhiville Ha! That was gutsy! 7mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Bringing in the Dolly mug for #weeklyforecast
Going to tackle 2 Women's Prize Long List books this week, I am way behind on them and will be far from finished when the short list is announced but that is my normal with this prize, too many books too little time.

KatieB I‘ve read Sorrow and Bliss and think you are in for a treat! 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @KatieB I am excited I keep hearing great things about it! 7mo
quietjenn ❤️ the mug! 7mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforecast

Also finishing up Just Like Home on EBook, only have 50 pages left on that.

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charl08
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Learning...

wanderinglynn What a great word! That‘s for sharing. Now I know what to call that noise. 8mo
eri.reads Ha! I do that all the time...never knew the formal name lol 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence New to me! 8mo
charl08 ... am always learning! 8mo
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charl08
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The book I was reading wasn't Tolstoy, just some murder mystery I borrow from the library. The detective was a woman who had a bookshop in London. This is how I does see the world: by reading books. I does go to London, Hong Kong, Siberia, even, when I read a book. I does meet all kind of people. Learn all kinds of words. Live all kinds of lives.

Thank God for books.

squirrelbrain A tough read this one, but so good…. 8mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain you nailed it there 👏 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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In this #womensprize nominated book, Trinidadian Alethea is about to turn 40 and is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

The author doesn‘t flinch away from brutality (the book also includes rape and child abuse) but it is beautifully written and there is hope there too, but please heed the TWs before reading. 🙁

Written in Trinidadian dialect, I would have liked to listen to this but I couldn‘t find it on audio.

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Mehso-so

#WomensPrize

Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

TW: Domestic violence, Sexual Abuse, Abuse against Children, Gun Violence

LeeRHarry Decided I‘m giving this one a miss. 8mo
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asterese
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This brought me to tears by the time I finished. For a book with such dark themes (please check the content warnings prior to reading this), the author gives her main character strength, wit, and a unique perspective of the world to narrate her story. You'll feel like one of Alethea's friends, piecing her life story with her bit by bit. There is nothing to romanticize here. Alethea tells it like it is, and you just fervently hope for something

asterese good to happen to her by the time the book ends. No one deserves a happy ending more than she does.

This book deserves all the awards.

⭐: 5

(Photo in the background belongs to Safiyah Ganpat)
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asterese
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This book is really delivering on powerful writing. 💎

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Brimful
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Longlisted for the womens prize this is the story of survival despite a lifetime of abuse and lies written in Trinidadian it is a good if tough read

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asterese
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The way I knew I had to get this book and read it from this line alone.

The tagged book was recently longlisted for the Women's Prize For Fiction.

charl08 Looking forward to reading this one. 9mo
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AuthorAnnaBella
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Although a heart wrenching story, it is a true testament to what it means to be resilient. The strength and patience the protagonist - Alethea exudes was unwavering and remarkable. It took more patience than Job, to endure a life filled with drudgery and an insurmountable amount of abuse. Alethea was very fortunate to have friends and family that would support her.

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