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Kazzie

Kazzie

Joined March 2019

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This was an interesting book - nothing like anything is read. They are a great writer - beautiful prose. I liked the letter format. At times however, the overall narrative flow didn‘t seem very cohesive

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The Centaur's Wife | Amanda Leduc
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So strange, but good. A fairytale interspersed with an end of the world adventure. I think “monster” ie the centaurs, we‘re placeholders for anyone unusual or different.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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First books of 2022 and I love it! He is such a good writer. Such a cool look into 1960s Harlem. Good story with likeable characters, but the way he turns a sentence is so beautiful

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Real Estate | Deborah Levy
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I enjoyed the exploration of home and material vs non-material possession

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Such an honest examination of the time after a breakup.

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As part of a trilogy - very well written

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Interesting book, I thought it would be more of a novel. Certain chapters are stronger than others

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This was so interesting! Ended up somewhere I did not expect. The writing is SO GOOD! And the protagonist is such a loving and likeable character

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My Salinger Year | Joanna Rakoff
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I loved this book. Such a good writing style, and the insights into the 90s literary world was fascinating

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The Magician | Colm Toibin
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I enjoyed the history of the first half of the 20th century. Interesting to see how progressive certain areas were even then (women‘s rights, queer rights)

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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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Very well written, insightful story into mid century British life - with an examination of interior thoughts and lives that I haven‘t read much before. Beautiful and sad love story. The protagonist Jean is such a likeable character

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Sequel to another book I enjoyed. Pat Barker writes engaging stories about historical happenings - given these characters a real life and interiority.

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I enjoyed her writing style - personal experiences mixed with well researched facts and science surrounding addiction

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This was amazing! I read it before, but I think in the wake of 2020 it was even more powerful. Beautiful story about love and disappointment in families

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Show Them a Good Time | Nicole Flattery
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Some stories were very strange and difficult to understand. Some I really liked. You Are Going to Forget Me Before I Forget You was fantastic - about the close bond between sisters

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We, Jane | Aimee Wall
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Oh wow! Fantastic! I‘ve been waiting for a conversation about abortion that is honest and real and to find it in this novel has been great

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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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I will reread. It is packed with truth and insight, and is sad and honest

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Glass Beads | Dawn Dumont
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Really good. I loved the authenticity of the characters - no one was all good or bad, but deeply developed

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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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Very interesting. Well written. It was hard to imagine someone without any agency, like the main character, but perhaps being so sheltered and deceived by your parent would cause that. I liked how she got what she wanted in the end, even if it didn‘t look exactly like she imagined

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Good! Was really interesting and a deep look into an area of fiction that hasn‘t gotten wide stream attention. I liked that the ending was open to interpretation. I also really appreciated the frank discussions on motherhood and pregnancy

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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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Very good. It‘s based on her mom, and I think her biographical stories are the best.

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I loved this book! The novella with same title especially. I think it‘ll stick with me for awhile - such a moving story of Black female experience.

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I enjoyed this story, it was engaging and I read it over a weekend, but it‘s not her best. Perhaps it‘s because the theme - young women who have messed up romantic relationships because they can‘t communicate with their prospective partners - is a bit played out by her

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I really liked the mater of fact acknowledgment that drug use is very normal. And that issues that arise are issues of poverty and trauma, not the drugs themselves

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Wow! This was amazing. Both parts resonated - the social media section seemed really relatable, as well as the section dealing with her family‘s love and grief.

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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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She is a great writer! Weaving inter generational stories, with a happy ending. I enjoy the strong female characters

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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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Very good! Unconventional stories of relationships and families, in simple language with relatable characters

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The Prophets | Robert Jones, Jr.
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This book was challenging. But so beautifully written, poetic. Queer historical stories are so necessary

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This was fantastic! Absolutely speculative fiction, but the protagonist was so strong, not a damsel in distress, that I was carried into the fantasy with real gusto. First story id read about Mayan myths - hopefully not the last

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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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Oh wow, this book was excellent. Real page turner. Fascinating to see the complex and complicated story unfold between the main character, the wife, and the daughter especially

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Good story, more human, but not his best. Still recommend, as interesting themes are touched on.

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Return of the Trickster | Eden Robinson
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I LOVED this trilogy. Usually not so into fantasy, but the parallel fantastical world + BC was so good. Highly recommend

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Fantastic! I loved the explicitly queer focus. She makes the story interesting and new - I know that the main characters die, but their deaths still hit hard. Can‘t wait for what she writes next

GondorGirl Have you read her adult book? It's a feminist spin on the Greek myth of Circe and one of my favorite books of all time. 6mo
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She is an excellent writer, however the story was complicated to follow at times and I found myself loosing interest in the secondary story - book would have been shorter and more enjoyable without

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I was a bit puzzled by the ending - did she not want to discuss assisting the friend taking her own life? As this is legal in parts of the world….also, could the friend just not have kept her secret to herself? I enjoyed the book, told in the same style of the Friend.

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Excellent! Would recommend to all

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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Similar to Ghost Wall: characters‘ interior thoughts are explained at length. And in this case, many of these thoughts are very human: petty and mean. Well written, with a sad ending

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Liar's Dictionary | Eley Williams
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It was a quick, delightful read - enjoyed the words! I had hyped this book very high so found it a bit disappointing, maybe I wanted more of a love story in the Victorian era? But overall enjoyable

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Burnt Sugar | Avni Doshi
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Such a strange, disturbing book. Almost as though the daughter and mother became interchangeable. Sad look at cognitive impairment, but also the extreme pain parents can inflict on children.

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A Children's Bible | Lydia Millet
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This was weird but good. Modern day parallels to biblical stories (Noah‘s Ark, birth in a barn). Odd dynamic between children and parents

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The Friend | Nunez Sigrid
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Amazing! I liked the stream of consciousness, reflections on friendship and love and writing. Recommend!

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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The story was good and heartwarming - nice fictional take on multiverse and what could have been and the thought that the grass is always greener. Not super well written, but not so that it detracted from the story

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Great! Really obsessed with Maggie O‘Farrell! Interesting reflections on the body and on life

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Bass Rock, The | Evie Wyld
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So so good! Various threads of stories that are more or less interconnected. Sad stories of abuse of women through generations, but redemptive

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Written in a language I‘m not used to, but once I got in it I LOVED it. Also the Italian and Irish characters act as a way for certain phrases or expressions to be translated. Good view into inter generational trauma and grief. But funny and filled with love

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Took a bit to get into, but what a great story! Interwoven post war family drama. I liked the bits about young Alma and her family the best - especially how the various family members grieve the loss of her dad

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Strange story, but a love story! I will read it again because I‘m sure I missed parts. But funny and sweet

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Interesting story. More about class than time travel or pandemics, but a cool narrative to look at class and love

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So good! Must read for anyone questioning society‘s arcane drug laws

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Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Exciting, pacey fairytale. Loved the non traditional gender roles