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Flamingo: An exquisite and heartbreaking novel of kindness, loneliness, hope and love | Rachel Elliott
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A novel of love, homelessness, and learning to be fearless In the garden, there were three flamingos. Not real flamingos, but real emblems, real gateways to a time when life was impossibly good. They were mascots, symbols of hope. Something for a boy to confide in. First, there were the flamingos. And then there were two families. Sherry and Leslie and their daughters, Rae and Pauline - and Eve and her son Daniel. Sherry loves her husband, Leslie. She also loves Eve. It couldn't have been a happier summer. But then Eve left and everything went grey. Now Daniel is all grown-up and broken. And when he turns up at Sherry's door, it's almost as if they've all come home again. But there's still one missing. Where is Eve? And what, exactly, is her story? FLAMINGO is a novel about the power of love, welcome and acceptance. It's a celebration of kindness, of tenderness. Set in 2018 and the 80s, it's a song for the broken-hearted and the big-hearted, and is, ultimately, a novel grown from gratitude, and a book full of wild hope.
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This one, however, made my heart sing. A deeply affecting portrait of what constitutes a family, those we‘re born into as well as those we choose. I loved it. ❤️

squirrelbrain I loved this one too, unexpectedly as I‘d not heard of it before the #womensprize 3d
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#Weeklyforecast ( a day early)

I started this Flamingo last night ♥️💔 loving it to pieces. 💗

We have a one granddaughters communion today, and the other granddaughters christening next weekend. One of my daughters is home for the these occasions… so life is full on with plans and meet ups. So I‘ll be missing for a couple of weeks … Happy reading friends. Chat soon X

Hi Cindy 😘

LeahBergen You certainly ARE busy right now but it all sounds wonderful. 🥰🥰 3d
CarolynM Sounds like a busy, but lovely, couple of weeks. Enjoy your family time💕 3d
Chrissyreadit Sounds like a perfect time! 3d
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youneverarrived Enjoy your family time Cathy 💕 3d
Tamra Wow, you are “booked!” Enjoy! 😊 3d
MaureenMc Joy-filled times! 💜 3d
Megabooks This is on my TBR! Good to see you Cathy! 💜💜 3d
Megabooks Enjoy your family time 💕💕 3d
batsy This is the best kind of busy 🙂 Enjoy your time with loved ones 💖 3d
Cinfhen Enjoy family time!!!! That‘s the BEST reason to be MIA XXX 3d
Cathythoughts Thanks everyone for your lovely comments 😘😘😘 3d
Centique Enjoy your busy family time Cathy! 💕 8h
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Self care Sunday.

TrishB I really enjoyed this one. Have a good day ❤️ 1w
squirrelbrain I loved this one too - enjoy! 1w
Nute That‘s what I‘m trying to do today. A self care day of nothing but relaxation. No one else around here seems to be on the same agenda!😶 Enjoy your day, Michele!😊 (edited) 1w
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Megabooks This is on my TBR! Hope you had a good day. 💜 1w
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻 enjoy. (edited) 1w
batsy Pickles 😍 1w
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Honestly, I thought this book was going to be fluffy, but boy was I surprised.

A book about family and what constitutes a family, about belonging, about the importance of spending time with each other.

Every review I‘ve read/ heard seems to be focusing on the lesbian relationship between the mothers in this book, but for me that‘s a small part of this.

For me the book is about Daniel and the importance the neighboring family Marsh will have

AnneCecilie in/ on his life, and especially the father Leslie. 2w
squirrelbrain This is one of my favourites of the year so far. 2w
TrishB Don‘t think I thought twice about the 2 mothers relationship, certainly not the most important to me! 2w
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From the bath, Daniel can hear his mum singing along to ‘Like a Virgin‘, which is a song by a woman called Madonna. He knows this song because it‘s on the radio all the time, and he also knows that a virgin is like snow that no one has walked on yet, this is what his mum told him when he asked, just think of snow, she said. So every time he hears this song he imagines boots stepping into snow, and this image makes him feel good and relaxed, so he

AnneCecilie sings along, lets his voice go high and squeaky then very low, and his mum always laughs, and all this means that he really loves Madonna. 2w
Nebklvr Me too 2w
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BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on Flamingo! Everyone is raving about it! 1mo
TheLudicReader Oh no, you dnf The Paper Palace. I loved that book. 😂 1mo
Cinfhen I couldn‘t get pass how awful EVERY adult was @TheLudicReader it was disturbing to me 😢 1mo
TheLudicReader Totally fair comment, @Cinfhen 1mo
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Loved it ❤️ a happy, sad read, where you get a bit of heart ache for all the characters.
Just wanted to keep on reading it.
Not ground breaking, but an enjoyable read.

charl08 Sounds good! 2mo
Lindy Is this one on the Women‘s Prize longlist? 2mo
TrishB @charl08 it was 👍🏻 2mo
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TrishB @Lindy yes 👍🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain Exactly how I felt Trish - the ‘not ground-breaking‘ bit is why I haven‘t rated it higher on my longlist. It‘s still top half though. Glad you enjoyed it too! 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I haven‘t read as many of you but I would be surprised if it won. But it is a lovely read and I gave recommended to my IRL book readers who wait for suggestions! 2mo
Megabooks Definitely have to pick this up from BD. Thanksgiving for the tag! 2mo
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I‘m loving this so far ♥️ just so tired after long day can hardly keep my eyes open! About half way through.

LeahBergen I hate it when I really want to read but keep nodding off. 😆 2mo
Megabooks I wish this were out in the US. Considering BD. 🤔 tag me if/when you review please! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good , and I love the cover. Oh dear… I may have to invest 👍 2mo
TrishB @LeahBergen I did drop off last night! 2mo
TrishB @Megabooks @Cathythoughts I really enjoyed it ♥️ 2mo
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Currently reading All Things Cease to Appear, loving it so far!
The others were Mother‘s Day pressies today so may go to the top of the pile!

Megabooks Fantastic! So glad you are enjoying All Things. 2mo
Cinfhen Flamingos is such a fun cover 🦩 2mo
BarbaraBB I am glad to you‘re enjoying the Brundage. I did too. And Flamjngo keeps calling my attention too. 2mo
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Cathythoughts I have Flamingos stacked already … looking forward to your thoughts 👍❤️ 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it definitely is! 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, you got Flamingo! Enjoy…. 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts hoping to get to this week! 2mo
TrishB @Megabooks @BarbaraBB it definitely keeps you hooked! 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain hints obviously worked! 2mo
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Loved this book about two families who find love and meaning with each other in the 1980s, but are torn apart again. We look back from 2018 to see the effect on everyone, and what happens when they meet again.

I really couldn‘t put this down and inhaled it in two sittings - all of the characters were beautifully drawn and your heart aches for all of them in different ways; it‘s one of those happy-sad books.

Book 8 of the #womensprize longlist.

squirrelbrain I will say, however, that Whilst it‘s one of my favourites this year, I‘m not sure it‘s groundbreaking or ‘quirky‘ enough to make the shortlist @TrishB @Ruthiella It‘s almost a slightly ‘softer‘ Sorrow and Bliss. 2mo
TrishB This one is definitely calling to me! 2mo
TrishB Henry makes a great model 🐶♥️ 2mo
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squirrelbrain He‘s very tired @TrishB - he‘s been busy today, some gardening and then helping to pack for his first ever camping trip next week! 2mo
TrishB Aww that‘s going to be so cool ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella Thanks for tagging me! I love an immersive read, and this sounds like it will fit the bill! 👍 2mo
squirrelbrain It‘s certainly that @Ruthiella - you really care for the characters and want to know how life turns out for them. 2mo
Megabooks I want to read this but it‘s not out in the US yet. Great review!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review! Stacked 2mo
squirrelbrain It only came out in the UK about a month ago @Megabooks - hopefully you‘ll be able to read it soon. 🦩 2mo
Caroline2 Sounds great. Stacked!! 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 2mo
CarolynM Sounds great. Stacked 2mo
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