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Ordinary Human Failings
Ordinary Human Failings | MEGAN. NOLAN
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TrishB
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Jeez, what a sad roll call this book is. Not sure what I was expecting really. It‘s grim and sad and full of mistakes people make in life. And poverty and hopelessness.
Small glimmer of a light at the end.

squirrelbrain Great review! 2w
sarahbarnes I agree. And I loved it. 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved it too. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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Pinta
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Intergenerational loneliness and shame. The surface telling, and the deeper history. Guilt. Truth. Family. Denial. Migrant challenges. Tabloid journalism. Processing trauma. Beautiful sentences. When sensationalized stories become ordinary, but no less painful. 2024

P43 “the only surefire way to reduce a problem‘s importance was to replace it with a new and more urgent problem.”

P113 “Do you know how rare it is to start over?”

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sarahbarnes
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I loved this quietly sad, unsettling book that on the surface is about a tragic death, but is really about ordinary human failings. Parents failing children and adults failing each other and themselves. And at the end, a small glimmer of hope that felt well-proportioned to the story.

BarbaraBB Beautiful review. Such a sad great read 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB a sad, great read indeed. 🩵 3w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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This was great. One of the better Women Prize books this year. The story of a troubled family slowly unravels. Each person is interesting and tortured in their own way. At the heart of the story is a horrible something, and a terrible reporter. The writing is solid and the book is heavy but intriguing.

BarbaraBB One of my favorites too. 1mo
jlhammar I‘ve only gotten to three so far (hoping to start Enter Ghost next), but I‘d love to see this and Brotherless Night on the shortlist. 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @jlhammar these are 2 of my favorites too! I just finished and loved 1mo
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Suet624
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“If you had the bad luck to be from Ireland, it felt, you had to suck it up and never have sex or else have the baby.”

You could also include 21 states in the U.S. where this now applies as well.

Hooked_on_books I‘m disgusted by our country. Parts of it for fighting for this to happen and other parts for sitting back and letting it when the strategy was clear. I can only hope that, like Ireland, there‘s a popular uprising to restore women‘s reproductive rights. It took too long there and no doubt it‘ll take too long here, but hopefully someday. We‘ve certainly already seen that in the states where the voters were allowed to decide. 1mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books you‘ve said it all. I agree 100%. 1mo
vivastory This is what I found so frustrating when people talked about “it could never happen here.“ I'd always point them in the very recent history w/ Ireland 1mo
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Amiable Ugh to all of it. It infuriates me. 🤬 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory Ireland is better off than the US at this point. 1mo
vivastory @Suet624 Yeah, I know things have changed there recently 1mo
sarahbarnes Can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one. 1mo
JenniferEgnor SCOTUS is hearing the EMTALA case out of Idaho this week. I‘m worried about how they‘ll rule. Hard to believe it‘s 2024 and this is where we‘re at. 1mo
Suet624 @JenniferEgnor The Republicans didn‘t allow Obama his right to appoint a Supreme Court judge and then they proceeded to appoint three members who lied to Congress about a woman‘s right to choose as being established law. I have no use for people who vote for Republican candidates after witnessing just how often the Republicans lie and cheat. (edited) 1mo
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Suet624
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I‘m sitting at Safelite getting a new windshield with a bunch of very quiet people. Thankfully they don‘t have a tv on. Suddenly I noticed that both my book and my sweatshirt have the same logo. A bit of overkill? If I‘m lucky the folks will think I work at Galaxy. 😊

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Jas16
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A young girl is suspected of killing a younger child and an opportunistic journalist tries to gain information about the tragedy from her family. As he pries and cajoles we are given glimpses into their lives and realize there is was a string of everyday tragedies leading to the present day one. A well executed but bleak rumination.

vivastory I heard about this recently & thought it sounded interesting. 1mo
Suet624 Just grabbed this from the library. 1mo
sarahbarnes Just got this from the library too @Suet624 1mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes 👍🏻👊🏻👯 1mo
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Leniverse
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Gorgeously written.
I was worried about the subject matter of this book, dead child & child killer, but it wasn't at all what I feared. No trauma porn. Quite the opposite.
"Us Vs Them", gossip and finger pointing, unscrupulous tabloid reporters, and a very human family making bad decisions. Definitely shortlist material.
#WomensPrize2024 #womensprize

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suvata
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3 stars • Ordinary Human Failings delves into the issues of class, trauma, and family secrets. Set in 1990s London, the story revolves around the Greens, a family of Irish immigrants. Their lives are marked by a teenage pregnancy, escalating alcoholism, and a dead child on a London estate. As the police close in on a suspect and tabloids hunt their monster, the family confronts the secrets and silences that have trapped them for generations.

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suvata
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The Stranger in the Lifeboat is a must-read novel that was much darker than I had anticipated. It got me pondering the nature of humanity, perseverance, and trust. Next up is Ordinary Human Failings. I don‘t know much about this book, but the title alone made a connection for me.

#BookConnXtions by #suvataOnX, #Litsy, #Facebook, #Intagram and #Bookstagram

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jlhammar
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“There is no secret, Tom, or else there are hundreds of them, and none of them interesting enough for you. The secret is that we‘re a family, we‘re just an ordinary family, with ordinary unhappiness like yours.”

Propulsive and poignant family drama. Insightful, impactful writing. An impressive work of literary fiction. Great start to my #WomensPrize reading!

BarbaraBB I started the longlist too with this one and what a great start it was! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻❤️ I have it stacked already X 2mo
Centique I have this stacked but that quote is so fantastic - i have to move this up! 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I think this book is a good example of “most people lead lives of quiet desperation.” We follow the current events of this family while learning the background of several characters during a tragic event. What I actually liked most was the setting that was shown but not remarked upon: the reality of poverty, the removal of women‘s choices, the prejudice of living in a land not your own. Worthy contestant for the Women‘s Prize for Fiction.

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AnneCecilie
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1990, a 3 yr old girl is found dead. The suspicion falls on a 10 yr old girl. A journalist that‘s in the area when it happens, decides to take advantage of this and puts the family in a hotel to get exclusive access to them. His talks with the grandfather, uncle and mother uncovers a divided family with alcohol problems and neglect. Prejudice and assumptions also play a role in the society‘s allegations.

I feel like I raced through this one

Suet624 Great review! 2mo
Tamra I was on the fence about this, but your review is motivating me to stack it. 😄 2mo
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AnneCecilie @Suet624 thank you 😊 2mo
AnneCecilie @Tamra thank you. I know the blurb make is sound like a crime/ thriller, but this a family study. Hope you like it, when you get to it 😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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This was a sneaky little bugger. Presents as a straightforward mystery but is really a heartbreaking portrait of a family suffering from addiction, poverty, abuse, and neglect. I could have easily read about them for another 200 pages. #womensprizeforfiction

charl08 Looking forward to picking this one up! 2mo
kbuggle Just finished this on audio, and wish I‘d read it in print.. it didn‘t translate as something I really enjoyed, but feel like it may have, if it hadn‘t been narrated. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review. I have this stacked , I must get to it 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Such a lovely book. 2mo
sarahbarnes On my list. 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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It‘s hard to say I enjoyed this book because it is so full of hurt, so full of ordinary human failings. It‘s raw and unflinching in its portrayal of a family who experience a horrific event, going back to the beginning and thru to the other side. 4.5 🌟

#WomensPrizeLonglist.

BarbaraBB Great review. An impressive book indeed. 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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An excellent, engaging read.

1990. A young girl is found dead on a council estate in London. Another child is suspected of causing her death. An exploitative journalist hides the family away in a hotel in hopes of wringing a story out of them.

I couldn't turn away, and found myself sneaking time to listen during a busy March Break. Highly recommend! I usually can't do fiction on audio, but Jessica Regan's narration was superb.

#WomensPrize

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 2mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one so much too. 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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A little English girl dies and the neighborhood quickly assumes the Irish immigrant family‘s daughter Lucy must have had a hand in it. An ambitious journalist wants to get to the bottom of it and talks to Lucy‘s family. The story is not so much about the death, but about a deeply damaged family with mother Carmel at their tragic heart.
It‘s a beautiful sad read.

#womensprize

Megabooks Great review! 2mo
TrishB Lovely review ♥️ 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review and pic. I‘ve stacked this of course. 2mo
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squirrelbrain Great review! 2mo
Cathythoughts I follow Meg Nolan on Instagram, I‘ve yet to read her. I must do. Stacked. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts good idea to follow her on Instagram! I will too. I think this book is better than 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘ve been wondering about this one! I was impressed by Acts. 2mo
CarolynM Great review❤️ 2mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm very engrossed in the audio of this one (when I've got time to listen). It's so beautifully and heart wrenchingly human. 2mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs I am@not surprised you are loving it too. And it gets more engrossing each chapter 🩷 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"... they got mortgages and girlfriends and spoke about their houses as if houses were worlds."

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Amor4Libros
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This was a roller-coaster of a read! The emotions I felt with this book were visceral at times.

A great story about family dynamics and how perceptions (personal and external) can dictate your place in society.

Can already say that this is one of my favorite reads of 2024!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

US Pub Date: 2/6/24

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GerardtheBookworm
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Melancholiac and depressive literary fiction focusing on a struggling Irish family living in London in the 90's. Told from third person perspectives through its characters, a horrible crime is connected to the group as the media and the public already lay blame to the accused. However, this is a commentary on poverty, neglect, abuse, dysfunction, and societal attitudes the world ignores that takes place in our own homes.

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squirrelbrain
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Tom is a reporter who hears about a toddler going missing on a London council estate. When the fingers are pointed at a troubled Irish immigrant family, and in particular their young daughter, he is gleeful that he might get a ‘scoop‘.

This isn‘t about the child‘s disappearance but about the family background; how they ended up where they did.

I‘d have liked to learn more about Tom himself and ⬇️

#netgalley Published 13th July in the UK.

squirrelbrain I didn‘t feel much of a connection with many of the other characters; it did feel a bit like a newspaper report written from a distance. I liked how it ended though, with no easy glib answers but still a resolution of sorts for the main characters. 10mo
Cathythoughts Interesting! I havnt read anything by this author, but I see her around a lot on social media. I‘ve been meaning to try her … we‘ll see 👍🏻😁 10mo
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