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Orbital | Samantha Harvey
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A slender novel of epic power, Orbital deftly snapshots one day in the lives of six women and men hurtling through space--not towards the moon or the vast unknown, but around our planet. Selected for one of the last space station missions of its kind before the program is dismantled, these astronauts and cosmonauts--from America, Russia, Italy, Britain, and Japan--have left their lives behind to travel at a speed of over seventeen thousand miles an hour as the earth reels below. We glimpse moments of their earthly lives through brief communications with family, their photos and talismans; we watch them whip up dehydrated meals, float in gravity-free sleep, and exercise in regimented routines to prevent atrophying muscles; we witness them form bonds that will stand between them and utter solitude. Most of all, we are with them as they behold and record their silent blue planet. Their experiences of sixteen sunrises and sunsets and the bright, blinking constellations of the galaxy are at once breathtakingly awesome and surprisingly intimate. So are the marks of civilization far below, encrusted on the planet on which we live. Profound, contemplative and gorgeous, Orbital is an eloquent meditation on space and a moving elegy to our humanity, environment, and planet.
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Orbital | Samantha Harvey
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I tried this one but are putting it back on my shelves. I am not in the mood for it and will safe it for another day. I feel restless with all these Women Prize longlisted books and the International Booker coming soon too. Right now I need something easy until I decide what I‘ll do with the those longlists… whether to join in or not 🤦🏻‍♀️😉

squirrelbrain Who are you kidding?! You‘re joining in ALL of the lists…. 🤣 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau I really like that cover! 😍 1mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain she was nearly convincing! 1mo
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Ruthiella Just be firm like @rockpools and say NO to the longlists …🤭 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @TrishB @Ruthiella You are the worst kind of people 😂😂 and now I want you to know if @rockpools fell for it already! 1mo
rockpools Ooh, that‘s a pretty book 😍. (ignoring the question…). I have Bookshops & Bonedust by my bed, for my (not started) easy read. Unfortunately it‘s buried under 4 books from the NonFiction longlist that I‘m Definitely Not Reading. (Yes, @Ruthiella, that number has gone up 😵‍💫) I‘m genuinely going to wait til you all tell me what‘s essential from the Women‘s Fiction list - I kind of want to read the lists everyone predicted more than the real one. 1mo
rockpools …and IBP is next week‘s problem! So yes, @BarbaraBB -I‘m very much with you! Enjoy ‘deciding‘! 😘 (edited) 1mo
julesG This might be the only book I'm actually interested in reading from the longlist. 😁 1mo
batsy That cover really pops against the lovely backdrop. Perhaps it's just the wrong time for it... Maybe you need some junk food in book form? 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain Lol @Ruthiella - @rockpools is my inspiration when it comes to saying no to things! 🤣 1mo
Cazxxx I just finished this the other day and really liked it but it was slow! Definitely something you have to be in the mood for 1mo
sarahbarnes There‘s always a new list! 1mo
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Orbital | Samantha Harvey
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I‘d like to get this one in print because the prose is akin to an elegy, a plea really, to awaken us to the beauty & fragility of our planet. 🌍

And this cover!!

Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😘 I went in blind and was pleasantly surprised. 1mo
Tamra I had to continually remind myself this is a piece of fiction, though apparently well researched. Very realistically written. (edited) 1mo
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batsy Sounds good! 1mo
squirrelbrain I have this on loan from the library, in case it makes the Women‘s Prize long list, but I think I‘ll read it anyway…. 1mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain it‘s definitely worth it! 1mo
Tamra @batsy poetic, really beautiful. 💙 1mo
BarbaraBB Just starting this one. Happy you loved it! 1mo
Reggie Stacked. 1mo
Tamra @Reggie I hope you like it. It‘s a quiet meditation. 1mo
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Orbital | Samantha Harvey

So so beautiful! The combo of the interiority and emotions of the astronauts along with technical ISS elements. Such an interesting perspective on earth/the planet. I also really liked the camaraderie between the astronauts

Tamra I‘m really enjoying the audio, but I think I‘d love it in print. 1mo
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Orbital | Samantha Harvey
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🤩 wow! Some of the most beautiful and deep writing I‘ve ever had the privilege to read.

LeeRHarry Stacked! 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 2mo
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