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E.Bolhafner

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Fun follow up to first book {I am reading the series this year}. You know the drill. Greek myths reimagined and retold YA style. No romance which I appreciate. Overarching story line in the series so far but each book stands alone.

A friend recommended the second series. I am hoping not to get sucked into the universe... too many books to follow but so far it looks like a possibility

thereadingpal I don't want to make spoilers but maybe you won't appreciate the following books much by what you've stated. I do love them. I have a soft spot for them and I have all Italian first editions, but I know they have flaws lol 3mo
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Perfect cozy fantasy recommended by my son. He states it‘s better than Legends and Latte which I haven‘t read yet. It was totally delicious. M/M rivals to partners an extrovert and introvert with lovely cast of characters. Am looking forward to more set in this world. Also now following author so I can read all their work. Indie published for bonus points

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The Companion | E. E. Ottoman
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Read after Three Kings, the other book in RAD box. The sentences are sparse- less poetic however the poly relationship was well done. In TK I found the poly problematic but here perfect. The trans representation was also IMO well done. Overall a pick. Cozy with chapters where not much happens but they set tone for setting and mental status. Content warnings were unnecessary or maybe I‘m insensitive.

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Three Kings | Freydis Moon
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Trans & Poly rep here. Fantasy set in the quiet moments between a witch, fisherman and selkie. See my blurb. I almost didn't get into it because of the weird emotion juxtapositions but that either went away mid book or I got used to it. Insta-attraction between the 3 characters acted upon within a week which is the span of book sans epilogue. Poems at end stellar due to tie in. Teared up at end.

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Three Kings | Freydis Moon
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This book is set in the quiet moments between two, now 3 people. I actually have a different edition released by Rainbow Crate After Dark but since I am adding it to database went with Amazon for info.

You have a witch, a selkie, and a fisherman so magic, cozy?, poly romance. I feel as if the author is trying a bit too hard with the expressions. Or maybe it is my not being used to that being the focus....

What does aggressively sip mean?

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Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
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My shortiies book ATM is Electric Arches. Poetry. Mainly. When I decided to tackle my anthologies and poetry books I thought wee little breaks between books but I find myself really trying to absorb the pieces. Do I understand what the author is trying to say? 🤷‍♂️

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One Man's Trash | Marie Sexton
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A bit on the darker side re topics covered; mental health, self esteem, being deserving of love and kindness etc set in a romance between an ex soldier who cannot quite fit in due to feelings of survivors guilt and hero complex coupled with a male prostitute who uses sex and pain to deal with feelings of being unworthy. Not overly graphic although sex is discussed but not where there are pages upon pages for a sex scene. A bit of a tearjerker.

E.Bolhafner TW: domestic abuse, drug abuse, incest 4mo
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Enjoyable read. I have a thing against cliff hangers and this was a complete story in and of itself while also setting up the probability of other books.

I do enjoy retellings because of the familiarity and not needing to wade through too many twists and turns. This one, aimed at pre-teens, is neither dark nor falling for the current trend of making everyting a romance.

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Down the Drain | Daniel Pyle
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Mehso-so

A ‘horror‘ vignette about half an hour from start to finish. Not my usual genre so cannot compare to others really. The cover and title give away the entire premise / plot. I am deleting it from my kindle. Will not reread.

I think it might be goosebumps level but I never read those just watched the shows with kids. @CBee #readyourkindle #readyourebooks book no. 12

CBee Great job 😊 5mo
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It‘s the start of @CBee #readyourkindle #readyourebooks challenge. I haven‘t done one of these random # draws before so hopefully I get it right aaand this is for the month. I know I need to pick 2-here are my choices:

12. Down The Drain by Daniel Pyle
14. The Last Witness by John Matthews
17. I Used to Know That : Stuff You Forgot From School by Caroline Taggart
18. Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Of the 4 I am most excited about Gideon!

E.Bolhafner Reposted blurb from website onto app 5mo
CBee It worked! And Gideon is crazy but I liked it! 5mo
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…everybody—even monsters—needed a little attention once in a while

E.Bolhafner Aieee not the graphic novel. So many choices I picked wrong one. Boo 5mo
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It is the start of @CBee's #readyourkindle #readyourebooks challenge. I haven't done one of these random # draws before so hopefully I get it right aaaand this is for the month. I know I need to pick 2 - here are my choices:

12. Down The Drain by Daniel Pyle
14. The Last Witness by John Matthews
17 I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School by Caroline Taggart
18. Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Of the 4 I am most excited about Gideon!

E.Bolhafner Ok the blurb shows up online but not on app. Am I going nuts @cbee 5mo
CBee @E.Bolhafner so odd! It‘s showing up for me? 5mo
E.Bolhafner Thanks @cbee. I tagged you used hashtags gave titles etc and just can‘t see it. Oh well if other peeps can I won‘t redo 5mo
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CBee @E.Bolhafner oh wait, so you added your titles and such and it isn‘t showing up? I‘m only seeing the original one that I posted and not the one you added to. 5mo
CBee @E.Bolhafner you could just put it in the comments if you want! 5mo
E.Bolhafner @cbee yes okay so it is wonky will add another post lol 5mo
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I don‘t quite know how to upload these group pics yet on phone but erm #Two4Tuesday is all over my feed so I just finished my 1st 5 💫 book@of year aka The Book Eaters for best read of January and am anticipating Percy Jackson in February. I think those were questions. May repost from desktop tomorrow with better formatting. Tah!

TheSpineView What ever works. I take a screen shot and upload the pic. It is the computer version I struggle with using. 5mo
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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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An easy 5 star ⭐️ read for me. With the exception of a chapter or two a single POV with chapters alternating from present day to a linear past. Fantasy without the epic, and confusing, world building or ever expanding cast of characters. Highly recommend

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean

Like so many places in the north, Alnwick was all history and no future. Gardens and castles for tourists, dwindling high streets and rising unemployment for locals.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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I find myself lingering over this one. No breathless sprint to the end. Utterly delightful. Savoring every chapter

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Engrossing start. Cannot believe I put off opening the book since I purchased it as soon as I heard about it.

edit: I added it to my librarything on Dec of 22 so I have sat on this book for a year. Totally crazy

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Caught Running | Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
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Hunted down this OOP book due to a mention as one of the best M/M sports books. Urban & Roux are often recommended due to their 'Cut & Run' series. NO. Dual POV shifting every other paragraph! Massive miscommunication throughout. Authors refer to MC by title 'the science teacher' or 'the coach' even to ending. Fear of being outted but have sex in public! Poorly edited. Banter not so witty. Forced myself to finish.

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Well it is the eve of Christmas for those of us who celebrate and amazingly I have not received a single book. However I love myself and purchased this one. I have read it more than once via KU, purchased the ebook, and now I have it in paperback format. Huzzah. I just love the Tal Bauer books I have read. I own ebooks: The Jock, The Quarterback, Gravity, The Rest of the Story, & this one. Friends 2 lovers, bi awakening, hurt comfort.

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This book was a gift in a swap group this summer. From what I understand it is supposed to be funny but I have a fairly non-existent sense of humor. Is this funny? As described; a bunch of Weight Watcher's recipe cards from the 70s with the authors commentary. No recipes of course. I do rather want the lime sherbert recipe... it sounds good but is blue? Anyway most have the most stereotypical bad 70s color scheme which is odd for food.

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I read a lot of M/M romance and this one, despite being classified a Romance for Mature Audiences, had no real gratuitous sex scenes and was plot driven. Political machinations and intrigue rule the day. Set in a world of Slaves or Pets- mainly a matter of terminology I understand these have been controversial but I feel they were really well written and I became embroiled in what happens next while still rooting for our MCs. 5 stars- 4 for shorts

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I enjoyed reading the additional stories from collection. The titular story refers to an expected getaway from Book 3 of trilogy but I personally preferred the fourth story Pet. The first deals with Jord and Aimeric with flash backs from Jord pre-Prince's Guard position and early days of Laurent's machinations. Then we touch base with our MC in Summer Palace and switch to The Adventures of Charls @ a year after trilogy's conclusion.

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Satisfying conclusion to trilogy although I found the court scene with Loyse was incongruous. Otherwise the series was very well plotted and paced. Good character development with clear motivations- despite all the twists and turns of political machinations.

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In this installment you have the enemies from book one in an uneasy alliance working together and growing closer. More military exercises and war preparation than the mental gymnastics of political intrigue. We also get the slow burn that earned the book 'Romance' on back although I have yet to figure out why Mature Audience is noted. The in depth sex scenes are tastefully done and speak more to yearning than gratuitous. Chapter 19.5 in back

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Recommendation from my son. I am definitely a C.S. Pacat fan. My son said the series becomes more and more well written as it progresses {author skill improvement} but I had no complaints. Engaging characters and political intrigue. It is clearly the beginning of a trilogy but could be read as a stand alone ending with a transition. My edition contains a short called The Training of Erasmus which is poignant due to cosmic irony.

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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I enjoyed this one--background I preordered this last fall when I first heard about it thinking it sounded good but then several book tubers trashed it so I hadn't read it until now. I picked up up last night and stayed up all night reading. The sex scenes were terrible. I would have preferred this stay in the fantasy instead of romantisy lane. But the challenges needed to be overcome to graduate on top of politics and magic system were good.

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…transsexual bodies, identities, perspectives, and experiences are continuously required to be explained and inevitably remain open to interpretation. Ironic opening to cisgender privilege chapter given that Serrano constantly discusses nuances in language and terminology

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My book stack: classic, shorts, fiction, non fiction and guilty pleasures taken from previous stacks: Illiad, Whipping Girl, The House of the Spirits, Captive Prince trilogy followed by Odyssey. Illiad being from my oldest book stack since I restarted using Litsy. Whipping Girl basically broke me but I am determined to read the essays.

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Lies We Sing to the Sea | Sarah Underwood
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Mehso-so

After discussing with son--romanticy that discusses trauma but the author isn't skilled enough of a writer for the story. The story was really interesting the premise held a lot of promise but it just fell flat. 3 stars as I definitely will not reread. The author was very inventive and if she had only had a better copyrighter or editor she could have fleshed out the story. It needed more polishing. Creative, inventive and interesting premise.

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Lies We Sing to the Sea | Sarah Underwood
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Finished this book. Unsure how I feel about it. There were parts that were problematic and I am not sure the writing was good. The story itself was interesting but some characters were very one dimensional [and there were only 6]. I think the story deserved a better writer TBH. YA Queer representation... definitely sapphic but also the minute she sees prince's bare chest she thinks he should be put on pedestal and worshipped. Bi Poly Rep?

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Lies We Sing to the Sea | Sarah Underwood
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My son picked this one for our next read along. I gave him my book box special edition as I preferred standard UK cover. There was much hullabaloo about the title and this article on source materials pretty much sums up my thoughts: https://theconversation.com/to-read-or-not-to-read-is-that-the-question-185393

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Game Changer | Rachel Reid
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Whipping Girl by Serrano has broken me. I had to binge read something light and fun. I normally don‘t count ebooks but I read this entire series. 3 are only available as ebooks M/M hockey romance for the win

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Enjoyable weekend read. Single unreliable POV. Probably won‘t reread. Noticed beverages

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I am having a hard time adding photos --like they go sideways when I don't want them to but don't when I try to lol. Anyway interesting discussion in Whipping Girl re the emphasis and sensationalistic focus on transitioning process. She brings up the classism of attractiveness and I wonder how this chapter would change today after the proliferation of cosmetic surgery, Ozympic etc.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Carried over from last month's stack I have

The Classic: Iliad
Fiction: The House of Spirits
Non-Fiction: Whipping Girl
Quickie: Night Sky with Exit Wounds [not pictured]

Added:
Guilty Pleasure: C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy and associated short stories, Yellowface with #camplitsy, and The Book Eaters

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So my June monthly stack was a fail- out of all the books in my pile I only finished the two fun ones.

I am not enjoying Ocean Vuong --but haven't given up yet as my son recommended it. Whipping Girl is interesting but scholarly esp. RN with word definitions. I read Dark Rise and in Deeper Waters. I have put off Illiad 2 months in a row now [putting Gilgamesh in its place during May]

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Dark Rise | C. S. Pacat

“You thought you knew what a unicorn was,...But you were wrong“

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Dark Rise | C. S. Pacat
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So good. So, so, so good. My son loaned this one to me and by the end of the 3rd chapter I ordered myself a copy and bemoaned that the 2nd wasn't due out until the fall. Although it ends satisfactorily. At first it reminded me of Lord of the Rings or at least various parts of LoTR but the twists and turns. So good. Magic, the rise of evil, the fight to guard humanity. All there. An Epic tale.

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In Deeper Waters | F.T. Lukens
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Because this book shows up frequently on the 🏳️‍🌈 book lists I was expecting a romance when really it‘s a coming of age story. My son loaned me his copy. Enjoyable light read. YA. Took a couple of busy evenings to read. Pirates, magic, political intrigue with a smattering of romance. EDITING to add: MC is 16. I generally roll my eyes at teens in romances but it is what it is.

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Woody Allen on steroids... at his most neurotic and stereotypical Jewish angst. I felt ptsd/trauma response was attributed to stereotypes* instead of mental health. The conflict felt flimsy as it was pointed out numerous times a relationship wasn't against rules. 3rd act breakup & resolution felt manufactured and predictable.

*“As a Jew, a pervasive low hum of anxiety is my birthright“

E.Bolhafner PS I really wanted to love the book--it was romantic instead of insta lust not overly graphic or a premise for sex but focused on their becoming friends over time. Perhaps it is not my place to be offended but I felt it was anti-Semitic and constantly thrown in my face. 12mo
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In Deeper Waters | F.T. Lukens
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My last bookstack was: Gilgamesh, Island Beneath the Sea, We Should All be Feminists, If We Were Villains with Training School for Negro Girls as my quickie. Reminder Classic, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Guilty Pleasure or What I want to read, with a Quickie made up of poetry, essays or short stories for between books. My next book stack is: The Iliad {Mitchell trans}, The House of Spirits, Whipping Girl, In Deeper Waters w/ Night Sky with Exit Wounds

E.Bolhafner My kid loaned me Night Sky with Exit Wounds, In Deeper Waters, and Dark Rise this past weekend. I loaned him Island Beneath the Sea. He has a few books at his house: Parable of the Sower, Power, Once & Twice Upon a Marigold off top of my head. I gave him a copy of Babel, The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi, and the fancy hardback of Song of Achilles that I ordered from him. I may need to interrupt my book stack to discuss Amina and YellowFace 13mo
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This book is a juggernaut hurtling to the end. Well written, and moving quickly through a series of events that, as our narrator states in prologue, seemed inevitable. I have the feeling that I would have understood subplots better if I really paid attention to Shakespeare but I didn't and the events themselves sped along. Criticism I have seen is anti queer and male gaze neither of which I saw as bothersome. See comments below

E.Bolhafner Re: Male Gaze-you have 3 F MC one an ingenue, a siren, and a normal 'neutral' girl. The Siren, a Goddess, that all the boys want etc etc. The narrator talks of them being typecast due to their appearance. This is different from how I perceive 'the male gaze' criticism which *to me* means gratuitous sexiness to entertain the males. Yes the Siren was often in skin tight clothing/lingerie but it was in the plays but not her off stage. 13mo
E.Bolhafner Re: Queer Representation. 4 M MC including a gay male who was willing to be straight for The Siren slightly offensive. But I felt it was just talk--more of a commentary on the moth to flame effect she had than potential actions. He also had addiction problem & looked for 1st yrs to 'corrupt'. The narrator was in love with his room mate and speaks of this as well pg 12: pretty pg 16 possessive and jealous of the handsomest of us so repressed. 13mo
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Full of micro & macro aggressions I find 5/11 stories thought provoking. My favorites were the ones where our protagonist's attitudes or actions caused me to think-as opposed to what happened to them. Stand Outs were: Who We Are, All the Things You'll Never Do, Mambo Sauce, & Now This. Final draft of College Essay was poignant.

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@Andrew65 #20in4 finished up with this beauty. I actually read @2 hrs without my timer on as I was so eager to get back to it after dinner tonight I totally forgot! Reviews forthcoming.

Andrew65 Awesome. Well done and thanks for taking part 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂🔥 (edited) 13mo
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mehso-so

Originally read it on 1.2.2017. I gave it 4 stars and wrote 'Nothing new in gender theory so a basic intro to feminist thinking told in anecdotes.' Early on she writes:

Each time I try to read those books called 'classic feminist texts', I get bored, and I struggle to finish them.

This booklet, based upon a TED talk, is a primer on gender theory w/o being boring or tedious. I believe that is what she set out to do. Read more in comments.

E.Bolhafner I haven't recommended this book once in the 6+ years since I first read it. There is nothing new to learn here as it is a primer and I have to assume there are other books that are also accessible primers on gender theory.

She has fallen out of favor with LGBTQIA+ community and I am not doing the research to find out why. I am not dropping it from 4 to 3 stars due to that but rather the a 3 = take it or leave it, 4 = like & would recommend
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I‘ve read this before and gave it 4 stars. I might bump it down. Just over 15 hrs in my #20in4 challenge. Finished Training School and wondering how to rank it. Finished first act of Villains which was engaging at page 1.

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Best of 2023 so far. I understand this isn't considered Allende's best book but it is the first I have read. A Historical Novel with the Haitian Revolution as a backdrop & spanning several decades. I found the historical bit interesting as it intersected with various other reads the most recent of which was Babel. Reading my fiction alpha by author so I have another of her books to follow this one: The House of Spirits. #20in4 progress

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Echos of Wide Sargasso Sea where the Caribbean heroine, Antoinette, becomes Mr. Rochester's Madwoman in the attic. Passage:
...it was not a rare thing for white women who had come from outside the island to become deranged... Their husbands sent them to recover in a diff. climate... In the case of Eugenie, it was already to late to send her anywhere except an asylum, an option V's .. pride would never allow...:dirty linen was washed at home.

E.Bolhafner for those not aware Wide Sargasso Sea was a 'feminist' prequel of Jane Eyre. I usually read the two back to back. More a commentary on constraints put upon women's behavior due to differing cultural norms and how we treat women who do not adhere to them. At least that is how I remember it --its been a while since I reread the WSS and Jane Eyre 13mo
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My mother's favorite author which is honestly the only reason I own this book.

About 25% the way through but loving it. I think it is interesting-coincidentally- that it is happening around the same time as Babel. For those who haven't read Babel it is an alternate timeline that tangentially discusses the Haitian Revolution, which falls in the timeline of our story.

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So many good quotes in this book!

Music is the wind that blows away the years, memories, and fear, that crouching animal I carry inside me.

..it doesn't mean anything for me to be free and everyone else slaves...her freedom was irreparably bound to that of other slaves

...:dirty linen was washed at home.

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