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JillR
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I‘ve got mixed feelings. Whilst I liked and sympathised with the main characters, to me their story was one of a spiral into grief and mental ill health and for much of it I struggled to understand the talking inanimate objects and just felt frustrated I wasn‘t getting it. The last 100 pages turned it around and left me feeling surprisingly teary and nostalgic for a book I just finished and hadn‘t really enjoyed! The great weirdness of reading!

squirrelbrain Great review Jill! Kind of how I felt too…it was my least favourite from the #womensprize shortlist (and of course it won!) but it almost redeemed itself at the end. 1mo
JillR @squirrelbrain thank you 😊. I didn‘t fancy this one from first seeing it, but when it won I felt I owed it a read! My least favourite from the shortlist so far too. I‘ve just got The Bread the Devil Knead left from the list to read now, what did you think of it? 1mo
JillR @squirrelbrain *the shortlist, I don‘t think I‘ll make it through the longlist! 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved The Bread! I had Sorrow and Bliss at the top of my list, but Bread came a close second and, actually, has stayed with me for longer. 1mo
JillR @squirrelbrain I‘m out book shopping tomorrow so it‘s going on the list! Great Circle is top for me so far, followed by Sorrow & Bliss 1mo
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Leniverse
The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Only a couple of hours until the #WomensPrize for Fiction 2022 is announced. Prediction? Favourites?
I have read 5/6 shortlist books and they were all good and very different reads. With the caveat that I haven't read the Ozeki yet, I think/hope that the winner will be The Bread The Devil Knead. I don't remember when I last hoped that hard for a happy ending for a character!

Oryx I'm hoping for Island, but also loved The Bread and The Sentence. 2mo
squirrelbrain Sorrow and Bliss for me, but closely followed by The Bread and The Sentence…. Hedging my bets! 😁 2mo
Leniverse @Oryx Those are my top three too, but I think in the order Bread - Sentence - Island. 🤔 2mo
jlhammar I'm hoping for Island or Sorrow & Bliss! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading Island now…loved Sentence and Circle. Haven‘t read the others, but sounds like I need to read Bread! 2mo
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jlhammar
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I‘m really hoping one of these is crowned winner later today! Loved them both. #womensprize

squirrelbrain Sorrow and Bliss is my fave, but also wouldn‘t mind The Sentence or Bread… 2mo
jlhammar @squirrelbrain I am a huge Louise Erdrich fan and thought The Bread was very good so wouldn't be too sad if either of those won instead. There was a lot to love (for me) about the Ozeki too. Great Circle is the only shortlisted title that didn't really do it for me. Not bad by any means, but I'll be a little disappointed if that wins over the others. 2mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love the Ozeki but can see that it could win. I liked Great Circle when I read it, but now find it a bit bland compared to the others. 2mo
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jlhammar @squirrelbrain Wow, I am kind of shocked that Ozeki won! I really liked that book, but didn't think it really had a chance. You just never know! 2mo
squirrelbrain I know, it surprised me too! 2mo
sarahbarnes I‘m a little surprised by the outcome today! 2mo
jlhammar @sarahbarnes Right? I didn‘t see that coming. Good for Ruth though. A Tale for the Time Being is my favorite of hers. 2mo
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jlhammar
The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Pickpick

My last from the #womensprize shortlist and it was a good one. As many have warned, this is a difficult and distressing read. Alethea is a great character - endearing and so resilient. Thank goodness Allen-Agostini gives us a little hope at the end.

The judges have a very difficult task this year in selecting the winner (announced June 15). Can‘t wait to see where they land!

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charl08
American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Check out my fancy new pen mug at work...

#WomensPrize

TrishB That‘s amazing 👍🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain 💕💕💕 2mo
charl08 Almost as good as a book! @squirrelbrain @trishb 2mo
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charl08
The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Fascinating to hear the author's reaction to the reading.

#WomensPrize #Shortlist

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charl08
Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Enjoying this book event. #WomensPrize #Shortlist

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 3mo
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Oryx
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Loved this. It's beautiful. So moving, and I learned a lot about the history of Cyprus.

I think it might just nudge ahead to be my favorite from the #womensprize shortlist.

squirrelbrain You said you thought it might be your favourite…I‘m so glad you loved it! 3mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain it is very close between this and 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Pickpick

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 3mo
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Oryx
The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Pickpick

Of the 5 #womensprize shortlist books I've read, I think this is the frontrunner for me. I just loved Alethea. Her story is both heartbreaking but hopeful. And I loved that it was in Trinidadian Creole. All the stars.
Also extra love for amazing title and cover.

vivastory I have heard only good things about this one. 3mo
squirrelbrain This is my second favourite after Sorrow and Bliss…. 3mo
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