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EliseBlackwell

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Joined November 2016

Author of five novels, most recently The Lower Quarter
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Yellow Jack | Josh Russell
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Holed up at friends', with books. Which one first?

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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Strange and gripping, a short and intense read. Perhaps I wanted just a bit more from the ending, but perhaps it was enough. Time will tell.

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Death and Nightingales | Eugene McCabe
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This may be a great book, but my respect for its endorsers hiked my expectations. The pov rang false to me, but that could have been my mood. I am going to try it again some other time, when I will try to remember the author is also/mostly a playwright and so maybe playing a different sort of game than I'm seeking in a novel.

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Death and Nightingales | Eugene McCabe
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Starting this based on the recommendations of Michael Ondaatje and Colm Toibin. My expectations are high.

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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Halfway through, mesmerized.

merelybookish Me too! I just started...but maybe in love. 3y
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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To be read, new additions.

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The Master: A Novel | Colm Toibin
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If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, do it.

CoveredInRust Going to see him read tonight and hoping he signs after. I assume it's pretty fantastic? 3y
EliseBlackwell Yes, and he is a great storyteller--very funny and charming. Hope it was great! 3y
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Fra Keeler | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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Picked this up at AWP and read half of it on the flight home. The Bernhard influence is hard to miss, yet it doesn't seem derivative. Engrossing use of repetition - surprisingly absorbing. Looking forward to the second half, curious if/how the threads and hints will accumulate into something.

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Weight of Things | Marianne Fritz
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Left some money at the Dorothy Project at AWP

ReadingEnvy I'm working my way through their titles this year. They are so beautiful! 3y
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Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Having lunch with a newly arrived refugee family from Iran. The ten-year-old girl speaks fluent English so I am giving her these books that my daughter enjoyed at about that age.

Josie Aw that's awesome!! 3y
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Giving a talk o this book in April--haven't wrapped my head around an approach yet.

Libby1 Good luck! 🙂 3y
EliseBlackwell Thanks! 3y
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Soledades | Luis De Gngora y Argote, Luis De Gongora y Argote
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"This is true alchemy: to change the gold of one language into the gold of another." --Cees Nooteboom on Edith Grossman's translation

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Heat and Light: A Novel | Jennifer Haigh
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Normally I avoid "issue" fiction (I go to nonfiction for that), but a review prompted me to pick up this novel about the consequences of fracking for one small PA town. It's a composite portrait--lots of point-of-view characters--that becomes more than the sum of its parts while offering small satisfactions in each part. Strengths are character specification and authorial control/vision.

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Archipelago Books rainbow

ReadingEnvy I'm starting to build a collection of those too! 3y
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End of Days | Jenny Erpenbeck
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Someone here just posted about Auster being a nice guy and I remembered this picture I took when he was here for a lit series I organize. Not a great photo but what's funny about it is that he is standing in the SC State House, listening to the governor who happened to give an impromptu press conference while we were walking around. A long way from Brooklyn!

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Heat and Light: A Novel | Jennifer Haigh
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"Rural Pennsylvania doesn't fascinate the world, not generally. But cyclically, periodically, its innards are of interest. Bore it, strip it, set it on fire, a burnt offering to the collective need."

MrBook 😻😻😻 Great pic and cover! 3y
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Failed to engage with this book that I was looking forward to. I plan to give it another try at a later date/in a different mood, because this received reviews and recommendations from people I respect. I generally love experimentation, but this struck me as more derivative than original in its experimentation. Perhaps unfair, so I will try again later. But it's a "bail" for now.

RohanMaitzen I got this for Christmas and have been looking forward to it for the same reasons (lots of good buzz from many trusted readers). We'll see how it goes for me! 3y
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After a few pages, I was absorbed by this imperfect but often breathtaking novel(la). It begins with a magnified look at one day in the history of a love that seems doomed but is ultimately about much broader issues of class, the aftermath of war, and the relationship of fiction to truth. I kind of wish the narrative had stayed miniature--or else that it had more fully blown up its later material. Still: moving, often beautiful, softly dark.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this a lot too. So much packed into a short book. 3y
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"This was the great truth of life, that fact and fiction were always merging, interchanging."

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Good job, Richland County Public Library!

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Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook | Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero
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Wishing you all good luck and abundance--and lots of great books--in 2017!

MrBook Same to you! 3y
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In Red | Magdalena Tulli
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"Whoever has been everywhere and seen everything, last of all should pay a visit to Stitchings."

EliseBlackwell I received this book as part of a subscription to Archipelago Books, but for no good reason never read it. Too lazy to go to the library today, I browsed my own shelves, reading the first sentences of books I haven't yet read. This first sentence led me to choose this book to read in this gray day. 3y
ReadingEnvy I have really liked the books I've read from them. 3y
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I'm writing a novel that includes some nods to Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain, so I thought I should crack into this retelling. The language is immediately interesting, but I'm not sure I'm going to like the tale.

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"The identities of the not-so-innocent are verifiable."

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Sefarad (Sepharad) | Antonio Muoz Molina
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"To live back then, in the past, what more could I want?"

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Euphoria | Lily King
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"I ached for a new idea, a new thought in my head."

AlexGeorge Loved that book!!! 3y
Liberty Did you know that is tree bark on the cover??? 3y
EliseBlackwell I didn't know that! King is visiting this spring and I'm rereading the book to give a lecture on it ahead of her visit. 3y
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She | Michelle Latiolais
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This book is structurally intriguing, elegantly composed, and insightful about how people think. I'm sorry it received so little review and other attention. It's quiet, I suppose, yet engrossing and (oddly, given some of its subject matter) comforting.

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In the Presence of Absence | Mahmoud Darwish
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"You read without understanding what you read, so you read more and more, relishing the ability of words to diverge from the ordinary. Words are waves. You learn to swim from the seduction of a wave that wraps you in foam."

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Prehistoric Times | Eric Chevillard
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"Whereas we are sure of absolutely nothing when it comes to prehistoric times, we know nothing, or almost nothing. We are obliged to invent." (Ozzie, a terrier mix, with some of Archipelago's beautiful little books)

LauraBeth Sweet eyes 🐶 3y
Jason_Roland I have all five current volumes of Knausgaard's My Struggle that they published. I love Archipelago's books! 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
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"You'll never know what's going on inside the heads of other people." (Keret read here and was extraordinarily generous to our students.)

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I love seeing a friend's book in a great bookstore.

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The Master: A Novel | Colm Toibin
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"He had failed, he realized, to take the measure of the great flat foot of the public, and he now had to realize that nothing he did would ever be popular or generally appreciated."

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I love everything Colin Dickey writes.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Saw your Tweet - welcome to Listy!! 3y
BeckyRenner I really want to read this! How is it? 3y
EliseBlackwell It's terrific. Fascinating info, and I love the prose. (Disclaimer: I do consider the author a friend and we used to share a publisher. I might not have read it otherwise because I usually stick to fiction and poetry. But if I had read it, I'm sure I would have liked it if I didn't know him.) 3y
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"For sometimes you can't help but crave some ruin in what you love."

Ilana OMG. Are you just hanging out with Chang-Rae? I'm such a huge fan and he was so nice when I met him - took me seriously when I said I'm a writer which I find many authors tend to try hard not to roll their eyes to... 3y
EliseBlackwell It's a photo from last year when he was hear for a literary series I organize. He was so nice! He even bought Manhattans for all our MFA students and hug out with them. 3y
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