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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Colson Whitehead has a gift; that allows him to bring the darkest moments of history alive through fiction. He does so in such a way that never shies away from the confronting, painful, and horrific parts of these truths, and brings these lived experiences alive from his readers, no matter how far removed they are from their own lives. In this way, he gives life to these stories that are both hard to tell and to hear. #indiebuddyreads

Texreader Lovely review 3w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Leftcoastzen It‘s a hard but wonderful book. 3w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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An exceptional novel, this story is told plainly, with few narrative tricks and embellishments but it retains Whiteheads deft touch with changing perspectives and idiosyncratic phrasing. It demands and deserves a close read, shining a light on a portion of history that could too easily become buried.
Whitehead is one of the most interesting contemporary authors dealing with the ongoing legacy of slavery and racial inequality.

Redwritinghood Glad you liked this one. I‘m so behind right now. I haven‘t even started it yet. 3w
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood no rush I think several of us are running behind on this one. I needed to get it read for my IRL bookclub this month 3w
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In a Lonely Place | Dorothy B. Hughes
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I was a little surprised by how much I liked this. Noir is all a little melodramatic for me usually and this 1947 rediscovered classic does have its moments of swelling waves and “the thunderous ecstasy of the hungry sea” not to mention fog ! . However it is very good. There is plenty of tension filled moments here and it‘s a solid portrait of toxic masculinity and maybe one could go as far as saying predictive of the rise of “Incels”

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I am convinced that this is a work of genius. Yes, this is a stylistically demanding read; part info-dump, part stream of consciousness narrative. This is overwhelming most of the time, but in my reading that really is the point. Ellmann‘s novel asks big questions of its readers, most significantly how we go on in the face of personal traumas, and national and global crises. All I can really say, is wow. #indiebuddyreads

Graywacke The size itself is a little overwhelming. Encouraging review! Hopefully I‘ll get to this. 1mo
ClairesReads @Graywacke i was overwhelmed by it too. It‘s definitely worth it, but I do recommend tackling it when you have a bit of time and headspace 1mo
Redheadrambles Wow Claire loving all your selected quotes here 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks friend- that‘s such a compliment! It was hard to select just a few- so much of it was quotable- especially the stuff about Trump, and gun laws/violence. 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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At it‘s heart I felt this was an inconsistently executed novel- one that was compulsively readable, and is still one of the best books I‘ve read this year. Is it one of Atwood‘s best? Definitely not. It‘s a timely, studied analysis of how a totalitarian regime fragments from within. Certainly a story of our time, but one that lacks the gravitas of its predecessor, and in my opinion is less likely to last the distance.

Redwritinghood Well said. I agree. 2mo
Abailliekaras I agree, did not love. 2mo
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras glad I‘m not alone- potential but not quite realised 1mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood thanks Jerrie 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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“You are not unique in the universe. No one has an easy tie in life. But maybe God has effed up- as you put it- your life for a reason.” #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 Yup. 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood. A star. #indiebuddyreads

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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A piercingly truthful observation #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 Truth. 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This is why I love Margaret Atwood #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles Yes ! I loved that line as well. Excellent. 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I found it especially relevant. I‘m finally catching up! 2mo
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