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Lucy by the Sea
Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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From Pulitzer Prizewinning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout comes a poignant, pitch perfect novel about a former couple in lockdown togetherand the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart. With her trademark spare, crystalline prosea voice infused with intimate, fragile, desperate humanness (The Washington Post)Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of the pandemic. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and longtime friend, William. For the next several months, its just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea. They will not emerge unscathed. Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear, struggles, and isolation that come with life in a global pandemic, as well as the hope, peace, and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when were apartthe pain of a beloved daughters suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love. We all live with peopleand placesand thingsthat we have given great weight to, Lucy says. But we are weightless, in the end.
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NovelNancyM
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Even though the plot is about the anxiety we all felt during the uncertainty during the Pandemic before vaccines were available, this was a delightful read that as usual in Strout's novels left me hopeful. Thoroughly enjoyed this!

sarahbarnes I loved this one too - I felt the same way about it. ♥️ 3d
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We continue with Lucy‘s story at the beginning of the pandemic. Strout does an incredible job capturing the feelings of anxiety & fear of the unknown. It‘s a quiet novel as Lucy & her ex-husband quarantine in a small Maine town, but there is powerful reflection in the mundane moments.

“This had often broken my heart, to realize that you never know the last time you pick up a child.”

“It is a gift in this life that we do not know what awaits us.”

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Reecaspieces
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Review is up! I absolutely loved this book and I love this author! Check it out!

https://reecaspieces.com/2022/11/21/lucy-by-the-sea-by-elizabeth-strout-fiction-...

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Something so resonant and relatable about Elizabeth Strout‘s writing! I have loved all her books and this is no exception! This is a book where she explores the isolation and fears we felt during the recent pandemic and she writes so beautifully about her relationships and her emotions.. #elizabethstrout
#bookishlifestyle#reading#books

AvidReader25 I love this cover so much more! 7d
ashw21 I like this too.. I just ordered a copy for my shelves .. 4d
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Every thought that went through my head during the pandemic 😷 was included in this book. I really love how an author decided to write a book that is fiction by based on real life events. If anybody ever wants to know what was it like during the pandemic I would say read Lucy By the Sea. From empty shelves to people hiding out. People socializing and people being extra cautious.

Thank you Netgalley and Random house

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Just love this series. Deceptively simple writing. Her characters are so layered. In this novel Lucy goes through the pandemic and January 6th along with William.

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Strout is masterful at expressing the deepest feelings about relationships through sparse prose and simple ordinary day to day dialogue. Her observations ring so true and through Lucy we identify with all of our anxieties and feelings through this pandemic. Really a wonderful book!

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Elizabeth Strout has become one of my favorite authors. Lucy By the Sea is the fourth in the Lucy Barton series, and it is the best. Strout takes Lucy through the early days of the pandemic, detailing Lucy‘s anxieties, fears, and comforts. She is excellent at capturing all of the small moments and thoughts that make up a life. After finishing, I immediately re-read My Name is Lucy Barton. Just fabulous!

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12-8 Oct 22 (audiobook)
After finding the first book a bit lacklustre, I am now a thorough convert to Lucy Barton. This instalment was particularly good, as Lucy and William flee NYC just before the height of the pandemic for a new life in Maine. It focuses on family - Lucy‘s relationship with William, her daughters and David.
It did make me a little nervous about heading to NYC in a couple of months as the death toll for COVID in the US hit home.

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I‘ve read every one of her books and I love them all, especially the ongoing ones about Lucy. And the books about Olive too, for that matter. This book is about Lucy during the pandemic. And it‘s about ex-husbands and daughters, of which I have lots of experience. Elizabeth Strout is just a wonderful author and she has written one thoughtful book after another..

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really good. my first read that was set during the pandemic. taken together these two books shine - but the first book in the series is not as enjoyable as this one is. lots of thoughtful concepts are explored. highly recommend!

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When this audiobook hold came in at the library I took a break from all things spooky to spend time with Lucy again.

Strout uses the pandemic and recent political climate as the backdrop and experiencing it all through Lucy's eyes made for a great read. But then I might be biased because I adore Lucy. 💚

#LittenListen @aperfectmjk #SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Fantastic 2mo
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sarahbarnes
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I just really love Lucy. ♥️ This story of navigating the next phase of life and the pandemic was quietly poignant as always and with so many of the bits of wisdom that I love her for. The way she takes in the events of life with such vulnerability and honesty is so comforting to me. I hope there are still more stories of hers to come!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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This wasn‘t my favorite. Despite my immense love for Strout, I kept finding myself thinking ‘first world problems‘ or ‘why is Lucy so whiny?‘ Then I‘d come across something really poignant (like the waiting in line to get into the grocery store part, or how we‘re like Ping Pong balls). Maybe it was too early for a pandemic book, who knows? I‘m glad I read it, and had I read it at a different time, I might‘ve really loved it is what I‘m saying… 😏

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Christine
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I found this as wonderful as expected! I continue to be very into COVID-themed fiction, so reading about beloved Lucy‘s experiences during the pandemic was totally riveting. As always, Strout sprinkled in some really profound ideas among her chronicles of Lucy‘s thoughts and everyday and exceptional moments. (A line about the last time picking up one‘s child really floored me. 🥺) Longing and hoping for more and more Lucy stories to come! ❤️

Megabooks Agreed! Great review! 2mo
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marleed
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And once again, Lucy gets all my stars - and the tag!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

sarahbarnes I have the new Lucy from the library and am excited to read it! 2mo
marleed @sarahbarnes It‘s so good! 2mo
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Kristin_Reads
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📖 10-1-22 || This book brought me out of my reading slump! I love Lucy Barton just as much as Olive Kitteridge. Although Strout‘s books always have an undertone of sadness for me, this was beautifully written and I will remember it for a long time. I love all of the cameos of characters from her other novels, as well.

BookBosomed1 I‘m reading this now! I‘ve put it down a couple of times bc of the underlying sadness of it. 2mo
Kristin_Reads @BookBosomed1 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2mo
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BkClubCare
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Me, too! Ann Patchett; me, too. Depth, complexity, and love. All told so simply. (Ann is also on my list of favorites.)

And HOW COOL and how poignant! To have Hilary Mantel provide her praise to this Lucy book.

Me and Ann and Hilary could have had a book club talk together on how amazing and wonderful it is to have Elizabeth Strout books to read.

squirrelbrain Wonderful praise for a fab book! ❤️ 2mo
marleed I‘m so in love with this book! 2mo
AvidReader25 I can‘t wait to read this one!!! 2mo
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HELP! I need one of my Litsy-pals + Strout-devotees who either has a photo-memory or an e-Book who can tell me what page the first reference is to the ping pong balls, cuz I can‘t find it... 😏😤

I am on page 195; “And it seemed that my ping-pong ball could not touch his right now.” . . . And I want to go reread the explanation and I can‘t find it.

#CaresPieShow

BkClubCare These are my mini (6”) Pie dishes next to my latest “full” size which is a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and the mini with pie features Pear Cranberry - - which was AH-mazing!!!! #CaresPieHow
Btw, today is Key Lime Pie Day which I just maybe might think ‘bout making this weekend!
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Ruthiella Sorry! I don‘t have the ebook! But your pies look delicious! 😋 2mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - hi!!! 👋 no worries 😉 2mo
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BkClubCare @Ruthiella - the Pear Chocolate 🍐🍫 was amazing 🌟 2mo
Erinreadsthebooks Page 186 if you still need the Ping Pong reference 😃 2mo
BkClubCare @Erinreadsthebooks - yes! Thank you so much 💐 2mo
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Sitting outside, sipping a good beer, 🏈 on 📺, starting the latest in the Lucy series by my favorite author.

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Megabooks
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Lucy has stolen my heart again! This is the gold standard for pandemic-set fiction. It is surprisingly warm, but Strout still captures the uncertainty of 2020-21. 5⭐️ Read notes below!

Lucy, like many of us, was a bit clueless heading into 2020, but her ex-husband, William, saw the writing on the wall and whisks her away to Maine. Their daughters flee to CT. What follows is a loving look at our new normal, and Lucy adjusting to small-town life.

Megabooks Notes: this is book 4 in a series and does not work as a stand-alone imo. Also, for Strout fans, characters from her novels set in Maine make appearances, and there are some spoilers for those books (as far as how characters end up). Enjoy! (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain Glad you loved it too! Interestingly a review in todays Observer newspaper compared it very unfavourably to Oh William!, when I thought Oh William! was the weakest so far, and this one the best. 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I agree with you!! I didn‘t much care for Oh William, but it did a nice job of setting this book up. 2mo
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Sparklemn I appreciate your advice on this not working as a stand-alone! I'll make sure to read the others first. 😃 2mo
BarbaraBB Stellar review. I preordered a copy but now it‘s unavailable. Frustrating but I‘ll read it sooner or later 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain so intriguing. I loved Oh William, am curious where I‘ll end up with this one! 2mo
squirrelbrain I really liked Oh William, Meg @BarbaraBB but preferred this one by far. That‘s so annoying that it‘s now unavailable Barbara! 2mo
AvidReader25 I loved Oh William and I can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
Megabooks @Sparklemn glad I could help! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I guess, having read all four this year, oh William just struck me as my least favorite. It wasn‘t a bad book, but by the sea is such a better continuation of their story. And I love that she left room for a fifth!! I hope you can read it soon. I got an audiobook copy or else I‘d send it to you B. 💜 2mo
BarbaraBB That is so sweet Meg, but I‘m sure I‘ll be able to find a copy soon! 😘 2mo
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BookBosomed1
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After a day of early & long plane travel, we made it to Vermont. Thanks for the rec @Suet624

AmyG Great book store. 2mo
Suet624 Oh shoot. I was in Burlington all day at the book festival. Too bad we didn‘t meet up! So glad you liked the store. 2mo
BookBosomed1 @Suet624 Bummer! We were traveling most of the day though, so we didn‘t get to Burlington until late afternoon. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Interesting interview with Elizabeth Strout in today‘s Guardian books section.

My favourite Lucy book so far!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/24/elizabeth-strout-theres-a-quiet-ru...

Megabooks Thanks for sharing!! 2mo
Cinfhen Will read later - thanks for tagging me 💓 2mo
mamareading Think I could jump in with this one, or do I need to start with the first Lucy book? 2mo
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marleed What a wonderful article - thank you! 2mo
BarbaraBB How nice to get to know her a bit! I am eager to read Lucy, and I understand why Strout couldn‘t avoid politics this time. Thanks for sharing Helen 💙 2mo
squirrelbrain @mamareading - I think you‘d need to read the others first to get the most out of this one, as there‘s a lot of referring back to previous characters and events. They‘re all quite quick reads though. 2mo
mamareading @squirrelbrain alright, looks like I have a series to read! Thanks for sharing 2mo
BkClubCare It is SO hard not to confuse Lucy with her author! Love ‘em both 💕 2mo
squirrelbrain I know @BkClubCare - sometimes I forget which is which and think that the books are called Elizabeth and vice versa! 2mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Penguin Random House Rewards for the win!! 🏆🤩💃

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marleed
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Oh my goodness, this book is incredibly thoughtful and beautifully written. I held this story closer, and now it‘s behind me ;)

squirrelbrain I just read this too…loved it! 2mo
marleed @squirrelbrain I think it might be my favorite Lucy Barton book! 2mo
squirrelbrain That‘s exactly what I put in my review! 2mo
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marleed @squirrelbrain We read alike! 2mo
Suet624 This author's writing is always so good. 2mo
marleed @Suet624 She just has such a gentle one thoughtful way to touch upon the divisive moments in 2020. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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This is my favourite Lucy Barton book by a long way. Yes, it‘s a pandemic novel but I think that Lucy‘s introspective, permanently perplexed and (dare I say it) rather self-absorbed viewpoint works really well to portray how we were all feeling from March 2020 onwards. It felt like a validation rather than anything too scary.

We also got to know Lucy a bit better, as well as her daughters and William.

Published in the UK 6th Oct
#netgalley

jlhammar Can't wait for this one! Sounds wonderful and I have loved all of the Lucy Barton books so far. 2mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! I can‘t wait to read it too! 2mo
Megabooks Really hoping my library gets it soon! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 Great review! 2mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll all love this one! @jlhammar @BarbaraBB @Megabooks 2mo
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A really enjoyable story around a divorced couple riding out the pandemic together in Maine. I haven‘t read any of the other stories around Lucy and William, and I think this stands on its own just fine - no need to stress about reading the others first.
But if you have, I think this begins right where the last left off. So a win win for everyone!
Also this cover 😍

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Just quit another book that was boring the hell out of me.. so glad I dropped it and moved on, this is enjoyable so far, at the same amount of pages in 🙏🏼

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• Expected publication date is September 20, 2022.

#StoryGraph: fiction literary reflective medium-paced
304 pages | first published 2022

It‘s 2020 and COVID-19 lockdowns have just begun. Lucy and her ex-husband, William, now in his 70s, have fled New York City. They “temporarily” move to Maine. But when the virus seems to lingering on. Lucy and William make the move permanent to their secluded house, and live out their together in peace.

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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #lucybythesea #elizabethstrout #bookbeast #bookjoy #netgalley #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

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This quiet introspective novel follows Lucy Barton, her ex husband William & their two daughters, as they navigate the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. I‘ve read a few books that cover this time but none come close to encapsulating those early days of uncertainty and the unknown. There were so many gorgeous passages that I had to set the book down and let the words ruminate. This book felt like visiting with an old friend. Publishing 9/20

Soubhiville What‘s your background? Where are you? It looks very cool but also gives me the creeps a little. 🤣🤔 4mo
Nutmegnc Is that Valencia?? Gorgeous!! 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m in Valencia at the Arts & Sciences Complex @Soubhiville It‘s such a BEAUTIFUL city @Nutmegnc Very hot but not humid!!! 4mo
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Nutmegnc @Cinfhen I‘ve been there!! It‘s one of my favorite places I‘ve ever visited! It was about 100 when I was there. I stayed in the city for about 3 weeks! 4mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this one! 4mo
BarbaraBB I took a picture there too - with a book of course! 4mo
Megabooks Can‘t wait for this!! Is it a novel or short stories? 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s a novel @Megabooks but it‘s on the slim side 4mo
Cinfhen I had such a great time @Nutmegnc I definitely could have stayed longer than a week ♥️ 4mo
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Grabbing a drink (mojito for me Agua de Valencia for hubs) & spending some time with Lucy & other familiar characters from the world of Elizabeth Strout- loving this newest novel💜It‘s VERY MUCH a pandemic story but the humanness of living through the early days of Coronavirus.

squirrelbrain I may need to start this one soon…. 4mo
KarenUK Enjoy your vacation! 💕😘 4mo
Megabooks Excited for this! 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m REALLY enjoying this book!! It‘s very subtle much like the Olive Kitterridge novels @Squirrel @KarenUK @Megabooks and I‘m LOVING Valencia (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB Mojito! My Cuban drink too most of the days here! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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@BarbaraBB was right… I couldn‘t wait to read this one!! #ARC #NetGalley publishing in September- the 4th installment in the Lucy Barton series. Set in March of 2020 when Coronavirus first arrives in NYC. So far it‘s FANTASTIC. Strout writes about those early days with so much honesty and hesitation. The feeling of not knowing/ not understanding the affects of this pandemic is palpable on every page. Im not far into the book but I‘m hooked!!!

Cinfhen Photo: Cindy by the sea 😉 Valencia, Spain (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds so promising! How is Cindy doing by the sea?! 🏖 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m good @BarbaraBB how are you??? 4mo
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TrishB What a fab pic ❤️☀️ 4mo
Megabooks So excited for it!! I hope you‘re enjoying Spain! 💜💜💜 4mo
CarolynM I‘d better get on and read Oh William! before this one comes out🤣 (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Ha!! You definitely should @CarolynM especially since this new book references events that happened in 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m having a fab time @TrishB @Megabooks 🧡🧡🧡 4mo
squirrelbrain Oopsie for some reason I thought you were going to France, hence my Frenchness and the tricolore on a previous post! Enjoy! 🇪🇸 4mo
kspenmoll So I need to read Oh William first!? 4mo
Cinfhen This is book 4 in the Lucy Barton series @kspenmoll most of the story is a standalone but past events and characters are referenced from prior books so it helps and adds to the enjoyment of you are familiar with the back-history. So not necessary but recommended 😄 4mo
Cinfhen France would have been lovely too @squirrelbrain but Valencia has been wonderful ♥️ 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Woohoo!!!!!! Thank you to my friends at #NetGalley and Random House Publishing for gifting me with an ARC of #LucyByTheSea 🤩SOOOOOO EXCITED 🥳🥳🥳 Elizabeth Strout is a total #MustBuyAuthor #AutoBuy

Megabooks You‘re going to have a Strout-riffic vacay between this and 5mo
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squirrelbrain Yay! I just got this one too! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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KellyK Lucy, as in Lucy Barton??? YAY!!! I ❤️❤️Elizabeth Strout books! 5mo
Cinfhen Yessss, the 4th installment in the Lucy Barton series @KellyK im sooooo excited ❣️❣️❣️ yay for you too @squirrelbrain 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure if I‘ll read it right away or wait until closer to publication @Megabooks but either way it is Strout-riffic 😁 5mo
BarbaraBB Lucky you!!!! Can‘t wait to see what you‘ll think! 5mo
Cinfhen I was gonna wait until closer to publication date but now im rethinking my plan @BarbaraBB I‘m excited for this one too!!! 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘d read it immediately 😃 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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Oooh…look what I just got on #netgalley! Excuse me while I do an excited little dance! 💃

#penguingeneraluk

Kristin_Reads So envious!! 5mo
Megabooks So excited for this! Lucky you! 5mo
BarbaraBB Lucky you!! I hope you‘ll get to it soon! 5mo
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