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Mollyegutman

Mollyegutman

Joined August 2018

Writes short stories / PhD student at UW-Milwaukee / writing teacher / nanny / dog person / big crush on @rachelsbrittain
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Gingerbread: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi
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aaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH holy damn, this book. Stayed up way too late reading to the end last night.

Laughs all the way through? Yep!

A single, tender cry on the last page? Yep!

It has been the SUMMER OF FABULOUS FIVE STAR BOOKS over here

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Wait, can‘t believe I haven‘t posted this one yet! Gotten a LOT of reading done this summer and so far this is at the top of the list: tensely plotted, lyrically stunning, emotionally complicated, and one of the most stirring books I‘ve ever had the pleasure of encountering. an A+ literary thriller.

Cathythoughts I thought it was excellent too 3mo
Mollyegutman @Cathythoughts I read the whole thing in two days! Not that it‘s a big book, but still. 3mo
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New library haul! Both of these have been on my TBR for a long time now. Excited!

rachelsbrittain And those covers 😍😍 3mo
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Fra Keeler | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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I met Azareen at a reading a couple of years ago and she was really, really wonderful. Pulled this back out today—because when‘s a better time to read a surreal novella than *gestures wildly*

rachelsbrittain Too true 3mo
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“To these upland woodsmen, the Devil is as real as you or I. More so; they have not seen us nor know that we exist, but the Devil they glimpse often in graveyards, those bleak and touching townships of the dead where the graves are marked with . . . small, votive offerings, little loaves, sometimes a cake that the bears come lumbering from the margins of the forest to snatch away.”

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After 34 pages of paper writing in two days, the first year of my PhD is in the ~books~! It‘s time to tuck into this gem.

I read collections out of order; first I reread stories I‘ve already encountered, and then I read in order of most exciting title. I often don‘t make it to every single story.

How do you read story collections?

rachelsbrittain Usually in order tbh 😂 4mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Saturday morning reading ☕️

rachelsbrittain 😍😍😍 6mo
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I‘m thrilled to have a story in this anthology of revamped adventure tales, alongside @rachelsbrittain (my earliest writing partner and darling friend)!

Does a murdery, feminist King Kong retelling sound like your cup of tea? How about a swashbuckling alternate Frankenstein sequel PACKED with heart and badass ladies?

Featuring stories by Kirsty Logan, Gregory Maguire, and other amazing authors. I‘m so happy to be part of this project. ⚡️⚡️

rachelsbrittain ❤❤❤ 8mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Can‘t WAIT for my first PhD semester to be over, so I can dig into a few new reads. One of these will be first.

I can hear a quiet coffee shop and a giant cappuccino calling my name...

rachelsbrittain So pretty 😍 9mo
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Recently had a Secret Santa-style book swap with my coworkers. I gave NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS and received THE MERMAID AND MRS. HANCOCK, which I can‘t wait to read!

Are there any books you‘re hoping to give or get this holiday season?

rachelsbrittain All of them 9mo
Mollyegutman I‘m thinking my top list (highly incomplete) is... R.O. Kwon‘s THE INCENDIARIES, Melissa Broder‘s THE PISCES, and Patrick DeWitt‘s FRENCH EXIT. @rachelsbrittain 9mo
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Mollyegutman @rachelsbrittain @sebrittain I heard that on YoUr PoDcAsT 😎 9mo
rachelsbrittain @Mollyegutman ohhhh I see 😂🤗 9mo
CoraHirashiki That‘s such a good idea! I‘m going to arrange a Secret Santa book swap with my friends. 3w
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Portland Review Spring 2018 | Dani Shapiro, Christopher Coake, Christine Kitano, Sueyeun Juliette Lee
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Oh my gosh! Portland Review nominated my short story “You and the Clarinetist” for a Pushcart, and it‘s in STELLAR company. Ahhh!!

rachelsbrittain Can't believe I'm best friends with such a literary rockstar 😉😄 9mo
Samplergal Wow! Congratulations 🎊🎈! That‘s amazing! 9mo
Mollyegutman Can and do say the exact same thing about you, @rachelsbrittain!! (Also lookie who found her Litsy password again 😈) 9mo
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Mollyegutman @Samplergal thank you SO much!! ☺️☺️ 9mo
rachelsbrittain @Mollyegutman aww shucks and haha yeah welcome back 😅😅 9mo
sebrittain Congrats 🎉❤🎉 9mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I‘d bet the Venn Diagram of book lovers and scarf lovers is practically a circle.

What are books you‘d recommend to help welcome the chills and crunchy leaves?

rachelsbrittain YES PLEASE to you and that scarf and all of this 😘 I'd say Witches (which I know you've already read) is a great one, but for ones I'm planning to read soon-ish that I'm hoping will put me in the fall spirit: The Paying Guests (idk why, just seems like it might be vaguely spooky?) and the Hocus Pocus sequel for obvious reasons 12mo
Mollyegutman @rachelsbrittain aw you‘re the sweetest! And interesting—the Paying Guests isn‘t as spooky as The Little Stranger, but they‘re both definitely cold-weather books if that makes sense. 🖤And yaaaaaas Hocus Pocus sequel that‘s exactly what I‘m looking for 🖤 12mo
rachelsbrittain @Mollyegutman I've been hearing so much about it so I'm hoping to get to it later this month or in October. Seems like the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit 12mo
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Under a Dark Sky: A Novel | Lori Rader-Day
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“So much in life could go wrong—that was the thing you could go several decades of your life not understanding. Things could go wrong. And then they all did.”

I‘m *loving* this book. And the foggy midwestern weather over here helps! (bonus: see the ghost of my puppy in the window?)

rachelsbrittain Ghost Pepper is an amazing touch 😂 13mo
Mollyegutman @rachelsbrittain almost looks like she‘s the steam rising from the mug 13mo
rachelsbrittain Really makes the whole thing appropriately eerie 13mo
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The Paying Guests | Sarah Waters
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I‘ve been thinking a lot about language and its relationship to detail and violence. Both The Paying Guests and Angela Carter‘s “The Bloody Chamber” depict violence and gore at a microscopic level of detail, but that close eye seems inextricable from the lush, twisty prose with which both stories are told.

rachelsbrittain I've really got to read both of these-- especially since The Paying Guests is still sitting on my shelf 😅 13mo
Mollyegutman @rachelsbrittain you won‘t regret it! I hope. I have *feels* 13mo
rachelsbrittain @Mollyegutman I have a feeling I will too. And I can't wait to discuss the feels with you. Maybe once I finish the two I'm reading right now (fingers crossed today or tomorrow) that can be one of my next reads 13mo
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Zelma I recently read these two back to back. Both excellent (though I felt like The Paying Guests started strong and faltered as it went on). 13mo
Mollyegutman @Zelma I don‘t think I know a single person who‘s happy with the ending! I wonder if that‘s the point, though? Maybe the shift in genre in the second half—I think it moved from a romance to something more like a thriller—makes us look at the women differently, too. I love that book almost doesn‘t *allow* us to like them by the end. What do you think? 13mo
Zelma @Mollyegutman interesting take on that. I can see the switch in genre but I felt like it got too repetitive. I just got bored, to be honest. I was fine with the romance taking a backseat/fizzling; I just think the courtroom scenes weren‘t as strong as the domestic ones. 13mo
Mollyegutman @Zelma oh, huh! I could see that. 13mo
RaimeyGallant Adding to my tbr. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
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