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sarahbarnes

Joined May 2018

“Books mean all possibilities.” - Ali Smith
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
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The most well-known bookstore where I live in Denver has had a tough past few years. Now it‘s in bankruptcy and up for auction. I really hope it can rise from the ashes with a new owner. I miss having a good bookstore here.

BarbaraBB It looks so beautiful. I hope someone will take over. 2d
squirrelbrain Shall we get a collective together and buy it?! 2d
Ruthiella Hope if can rise from the ashes. It‘s a tough world out there for brick and mortar businesses. 🤞 2d
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain That‘d be the dream! 👍 You can do the accounting m. Barbara can do PR. I can…make coffee and dust the shelves! 😂 Sarah, what job do you want? Buyer? Work the register? Customer service? (edited) 2d
squirrelbrain You can choose the books @Ruthiella and I‘ll make lots of spreadsheets about them! @BarbaraBB would be great at the PR. ❤️ 2d
sarahbarnes Omg yes @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB this would be the dream! I‘ll bet we could get @merelybookish in on it too. 😁 2d
Amiable I‘ve worked in marketing and PR for my entire career! I‘d love to put my skills to use for a cause I actually love. 😄 2d
LeahBergen Oh no! I loved this store when I visited it (and the airport version, too)! 2d
Lesliereadsalot My college self wanted to own a bookstore. I think my much, much older self still does. 2d
squirrelbrain @Oryx - have you seen this? It‘s only a few weeks since you visited. 😞 2d
Oryx Oh no, I had such a lovely visit there 🙁 @squirrelbrain 2d
sarahbarnes @Lesliereadsalot same here! 🩵 2d
sarahbarnes @LeahBergen I‘ve loved it too! I really hope it can survive. 2d
sarahbarnes @Amiable 🩵🩵🩵 2d
merelybookish What a loss this would be to Denver! All those author readings they do. I guess that's what I could take over when we buy it.😉 1d
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I know. Mona Awad was just there recently. I‘m really counting on something good happening.🤞 8h
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How It Works Out | Myriam Lacroix
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This was a mind-bending maze of a book, the story of the characters constantly evolving and turning back on itself. A fascinating approach to a story about trying to make a relationship work. I was sucked in and really enjoyed it, wanting to know what the next iteration of their story would be. I‘ll admit I‘m not sure what happened at the end, but a pick nonetheless.

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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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I read this while I had it from the library. Looking forward to discussing it at #CampLitsy. A slow simmer of a book in true Japanese style. I will say I enjoyed the second half more than the first. Overall a pick. 🧈

batsy Nice! Glad to see it was a pick for you 🧈 6d
BarbaraBB Glad it was a pick although you don‘t sound too thrilled 🤨. I‘ll read it soon! 6d
squirrelbrain Glad it was a pick - hopefully we‘ll get some good discussion from it. (Sometimes Asher when it‘s not universally loved! 🤣) 6d
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sarahbarnes @batsy @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain very much looking forward to your thoughts. And agreed @squirrelbrain I think it will lead to some good discussion! 4d
Megabooks I‘m wondering if I‘ll like this. 🤔 excited to discuss it with you! 3d
Suet624 It just keeps going and going. 😒 …. 2d
sarahbarnes @Megabooks likewise! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 2d
sarahbarnes @Suet624 I did feel like that at times. I liked the second half better. 2d
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I quite enjoyed this entertaining thriller and am glad I read it after the review by @Reggie - very fun! My only complaint is that the audio narration was…not great. The right amount of crazy and unpredictable enough most of the way through to keep me listening.

batsy I thought it was quite fun, too! I wanted it to be more OTT 😆 6d
sarahbarnes @batsy 🤣 I did think it was more OTT than I saw coming towards the end! 6d
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked it. Roza Vallo was soooo crazy. (edited) 4d
sarahbarnes @Reggie bats**t! 🤣 4d
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I was very happy to buy a copy of the tagged book at this fantastic bookshop in New Orleans for #CampLitsy.

BarbaraBB What a fantastic photo! Enjoy New Orleans 😍 1w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB it was pretty fabulous! Thank you! 😊 (edited) 6d
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Under the Storm: A Novel | Christoffer Carlsson
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A smart page turner of a crime novel. I think actually my first Nordic Noir? I‘ll definitely read his other book, and may have to add this genre into the mix more often. 🧐 Thanks @batsy for the #CampLitsy nomination!

batsy So pleased to see this worked for you and @Cathythoughts ❤️ I need to get on it! 2w
Cathythoughts I thought it was great ! Thankyou @batsy I trust your taste in books completely ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB You and @Cathythoughts loved it and @batsy nominated it? Sounds like a must read for me! 2w
sarahbarnes I agree with you @Cathythoughts! 😊 @BarbaraBB I think you would like it. @batsy I think you‘ll find you made a great recommendation! 2w
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In Defence of the Act | Effie Black
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Weekend book haul. 😁 Lots of my holds came in at the library at the same time (as they do) and I found a couple of books on my TBR at at used bookstore. And I splurged on a copy of the tagged book since I can‘t get it at the library yet.

vivastory Great haul! The Sarah Waters has been lingering towards the top of my TBR for awhile now & I have been wanting to try Penelope Lively 2w
Ruthiella I loved Fingersmith and Alias Grace. Not read that Lively title, but I loved everything else I‘ve read from her! 2w
Cathythoughts Great ! I loved Fingersmith and Alias Grace too ( especially Fingersmith ) … and I‘m interested to read In Defence of the Act (edited) 2w
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batsy Great stack! Really want to read the Olga Ravn and Effie Black ones. Loved both Alias Grace and Fingersmith. 2w
squirrelbrain Great stack! In Defence is likely to be in my top books of the year. I just found Disappearing Earth on Everand, in advance of Bear for #camplitsy24 2w
BarbaraBB Such a great haul! I loved all the ones I read! 2w
sarahbarnes @vivastory same on both fronts! I‘ve read Moon Tiger which was very good. (edited) 2w
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella that‘s great to hear on all fronts! I‘ve only read Moon Tiger and loved it. 2w
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I‘ve wanted to read it for awhile and that‘s very good to hear. 2w
sarahbarnes @batsy that is great to hear! They‘ve been on my list for awhile. 2w
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain that is high praise! I‘m really excited to read it. @BarbaraBB also highly recommended it. 2w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB that is great news! I was convinced to get In Defence of the Act from your review! 2w
BarbaraBB That one is so good! But so are Fingersmith and Alias Grace and Disappearing Earth 😀. You‘ll love them and need to read a lot before they are due back 😉 2w
BarbaraBB Oow and What I‘d rather not think about too! 2w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I know - how am I going to read them all before they have to go back?! 2w
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The second collection of Link‘s stories I‘ve read, and I really enjoy her brand of strangeness. Like, casually the characters in a story are superheroes, or aliens, or there are ghosts or magic, but the fact of these things brilliantly isn‘t the focus of the stories, it just makes them even more interesting. I had my favorites in this collection, but overall a strong pick. Thanks @IuliaC for the reminder that I wanted to read this. 😊

vivastory What was the other collection you read? Last month I read “Magic For Beginners.“ It was my first book that I've read by her & there's certain stories that I just can't stop thinking about! 2w
sarahbarnes @vivastory that‘s the one I want to read next! I read Black Dog White Cat, also very good. (edited) 2w
vivastory @sarahbarnes It's incredible. It took me 3 weeks to read but it's honestly one of the best short story collections I've read so far this year. You really nailed it that the horror in her stories is not the supernatural phenomenon that is happening, but it is what is happening in the periphery or the subtext of the story. So brilliant. (edited) 2w
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IuliaC Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it 👍I love your photo 😍 2w
BarbaraBB I‘ve never read her but now I definitely want to! 2w
batsy I've only read the one collection but remember really enjoying it! 2w
sarahbarnes @IuliaC thank you! 😊 2w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I think you would like her! I know she has a new novel out and I don‘t know how that is, but I really like her short stories. 2w
sarahbarnes @batsy good to know you liked that one! I‘m excited she has two other collections out that I haven‘t read yet. 2w
Reggie Is this the one where the girl is going to meet someone at a dentist/superhero convention but then you find out about her sister…. I cried so hard on that one and I couldn‘t even tell you why, lol. She‘s a superb writer. 1w
sarahbarnes @Reggie yes!! That one was so good. Also the first one in the collection about the girl who has to stay and look after that house. She really is an incredible writer. 1w
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Kids Run the Show | Delphine de Vigan
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I couldn‘t put this book down once I started - both the story of the missing girl and the disturbing world of parents who put their kids on social media were hard to look away from. This definitely makes me want to read more books by the author.

squirrelbrain It‘s so good, isn‘t it?! 3w
BarbaraBB I was completely hooked too while reading this. I also enjoyed 3w
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain so good! I tore through it. 3w
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB thank you for the recommendation! Stacking. 😊 3w
yourfavouritemixtape This is next on my tbr (edited) 5d
sarahbarnes @yourfavouritemixtape thanks for the recommendation! I want to read more of her books and will add this one to my list. 4d
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I loved this quietly sad, unsettling book that on the surface is about a tragic death, but is really about ordinary human failings. Parents failing children and adults failing each other and themselves. And at the end, a small glimmer of hope that felt well-proportioned to the story.

BarbaraBB Beautiful review. Such a sad great read 4w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB a sad, great read indeed. 🩵 4w
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I‘m not sure about the fever premise (maybe I‘ve just never suffered through a long fever) but otherwise I liked this story of a woman told through her memories of consequential relationships in her life. It felt familiar as I often find myself doing a similar thing these days - reflecting on life through people who have come and gone.

@BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Wow that seems the right book at the right time for you. I liked the way the book was built up along those characters of her past. 1mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I do think that was the case! And I agree. 1mo
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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Very excited for #CampLitsy24! Under the wire, here are my four nominations. Thank you for hosting again this year @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain !

Ruthiella I‘m definitely eyeing the new Miranda July title. I read her first novel and it was so weird but also kinda great 1mo
sarahbarnes @ruthiella that one by her also sounds very intriguing! 1mo
Megabooks Great nominations! I‘m excited about All Fours, too, Sarah and @Ruthiella ! 1mo
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AmyG Oooo new Miranda July. I love seeing all the new books being released. 1mo
BarbaraBB They all seem great - as expected 👯 1mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I felt the same about your nominations. 😁 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Great choices! I just picked up my pre-order of The Alternatives today! 1mo
squirrelbrain Great choices! It‘s going to be so difficult to pick just 6. 1mo
sarahbarnes @TheKidUpstairs oh fun! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! And thank you! 1mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain I‘ve been thinking the same thing as I see everyone‘s nominations!! 1mo
jlhammar I just voted for The Alternatives - sounds fantastic! 1mo
sarahbarnes @jlhammar I‘m glad you think so, too! 😃 1mo
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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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I finished this book on my flight back home. Such a slow, quietly powerful read and so very timely. An incredible book where everything feels just beneath the surface and between the lines. I was slightly on edge throughout the story right up until the end.

squirrelbrain I‘m almost halfway through - it is rather a tense book isn‘t it? 1mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain it really is! Such a slow burn! 1mo
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Like | Ali Smith
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Very excited to come across a copy of this Ali Smith book in a little bookstore this weekend. It‘s been on my list for a long time.

vivastory I haven't heard of this one before 1mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I think it‘s actually her first novel! 1mo
vivastory Exciting! I have my favorites that I've read by her but they have all been engaging 1mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I agree, I love her writing. 1mo
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I saw the contemporary ballet triptych Woolf Works last night, adapting three of her novels. What an incredible show. The sections based on Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves were very emotionally intense. The section based on Orlando was perfectly bizarre. At different points they voiced over excerpts from her letters. It was so good. ♥️

Ruthiella Wow! 😮 Sounds amazing. 1mo
LeahBergen That sounds wonderful! (edited) 1mo
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Dayswork | Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel
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I‘m so glad @merelybookish pointed me toward this book! I agree with you that it definitely has Ducks, Newburyport vibes. 🩵 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story about marriage, life, getting older, finding meaning, and yes, Melville. With poignant pandemic moments throughout, which felt timely as I read this almost exactly four years later. A #TOB long list gem this year for sure.

Liz_M Ok, I've wanted to read this because Moby-Dick, but Duck vibes?! 😍 Now I think I need to own a copy!!! 2mo
sarahbarnes @Liz_M I loved the flow of the text. I hope you like it! 2mo
merelybookish I'm so glad you liked it too!! It doesn't seem like it should work, but it does! 1mo
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Levy is easily one of my favorite writers. I enjoyed this one for her exquisite writing style, but the story didn‘t draw me in as much as some of her other books. Time is fluid in the story and I liked the softness of the borders between reality and imagination as the book progressed.

BarbaraBB I remember enjoying this but can‘t remember much now 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
youneverarrived One of my favourites too. Still need to read this one though. 2mo
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The Wall | Marlen Haushofer
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This book somehow presents circumstances that are both tempting and terrifying. Such a unique premise, although the themes felt familiar. The MC‘s relationships with animals in the story are poignant, and I felt so much suspense and dread about what was to come. This is a book that I‘ll be thinking about for a long time. Thanks @batsy for putting this one on my list.

Suet624 Hmmm - I seem to have stacked this already - sounds intriguing. 2mo
BarbaraBB Such an intriguing review, another recommendation by @batsy and that cover 🥰… sold! 2mo
batsy Great review. Her relationship with the animals—that was so moving. Glad you liked it! 2mo
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Crooked Plow: A Novel | Itamar Vieira Junior
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I moved my copy of this book to the top of the pile when it made the Int‘l Booker long list. A powerful story of generations of a family enduring lives as tenant farmers in Brazil, with a bit of magical realism. I loved the complicated relationship between the two sisters and their quiet strength. And the relationship of the farmers to the land, that brings gifts and suffering. They appreciate and understand it so much more than the landowners.

batsy Nice review! I've been curious about this one and glad to see it's a pick for you. 2mo
BarbaraBB Glad you liked it. I‘ve been curious about this one too. 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good. Stacked. 2mo
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked. 2mo
sarahbarnes @batsy @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @reggie I‘ll be curious to hear what you think of it. I‘m not sure which other ones on the Booker long list I‘ll get to, but I did enjoy this one. 2mo
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Hard Girls | J Robert Lennon
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I love Lennon as a writer. I‘ve really enjoyed every book of his I‘ve read. But this one fell short for me. I wanted to like it much more than I did. Partly perhaps the genre, but it also felt so predictable compared to his other work. I‘ll still read whatever he writes next.

BarbaraBB I felt the same and I won‘t give up on him either. I have a few more books from his backlist on my shelves and am looking forward to them! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m on my second of his now. I loved Broken River, and Subdivision is good so far. I‘ll try this one too and see what I think 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes! I‘m happy to have a few on his backlist to read, too! 2mo
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sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I loved Broken River, too. I also liked Familiar and Let Me Think. 2mo
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes Thankyou! I have Familiar now on kindle 👍🏻 I‘m trying for Let Me Think. He‘s such an interesting writer, he certainly gets a strong emotional reaction from me. 2mo
vivastory Since both you & @barbarabb gave this a less than glowing review, I'm going to make my way through some of his other works first I think 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory That‘s wise I think. His earlier works are so good. I am about to start one of his short stories collections : 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I had missed that one somehow. Thanks for the recommendation! 2mo
sarahbarnes Yes agree with @BarbaraBB that there are others of his books to prioritize @vivastory. I loved The Familiar and Broken River. And Subdivision. Also Let Me Think. 2mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes Broken River & Subdivision are big favorites of mine. The Familiar is on my TBR. I haven't heard of Let Me Think though. Will def check it out! If you haven't read it, I really enjoyed 2mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I need to check that one out! Thank you! 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory @sarahbarnes I need to check out Let me Think and The Funnies. I loved Subdividion, Broken River and The Familiar. This one‘s good too: (edited) 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes! I have that one stacked from your review! 2mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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I am so glad to have finally read this beautiful book. Such an expertly crafted story of public and private histories. The pieces of the story retold in succession from slightly different perspectives is genius. And the passages of Claudia‘s thoughts vs. what others in the room can see are sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious. And that ending. ♥️ Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for this lovely gift!

BarbaraBB Glad it was a pick for you 🩷 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole What a great cover on this edition! 2mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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I‘m still processing the layers of this story. It looks at relationships, marriage and parenting, but also at how what we believe can be so powerful. How things we believe our whole lives can shape us. How beliefs can set in, cult-like. And how our belief in something gives it its power - sometimes good, sometimes not. A great book! #LitsyTOB

squirrelbrain Great review! ❤️ 3mo
batsy Nice review! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review Sarah! 3mo
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sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @batsy @BarbaraBB thank you! 💙 I‘m glad the TOB put this one on my radar. I haven‘t read The Nix but now I‘m curious. 3mo
Cathythoughts Inspiring review. I tried Nix , a good story but way too many words for me. I DNF ( yet anyway ). I‘m guessing this book is long too. Very popular writer 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 3mo
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts it is long indeed, and also quite verbose. Most of the time I liked the style - I think because I often identified with the characters‘ inner monologues. But there were a few times I found myself skimming. 3mo
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The New Book | Allie Cresswell
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Well this is fun news! A new Sally Rooney novel coming out! 🤩

BarbaraBB Yay 🙌🏽 3mo
Reggie Yayyyy! 3mo
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The Amusements | Aingeala Flannery
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This is a first novel and at times it felt that way, but the writing is fantastic and overall I liked this story of loose connections between characters in a small town and the way pivotal experiences growing up get under your skin for life. I‘m excited to see where Flannery‘s writing goes and will definitely read her next book.

BarbaraBB Sounds good. Should I read it? 3mo
sarahbarnes I think it might be worth a read for you @BarbaraBB. I would be happy to send you my copy! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘d love that of course but please don‘t feel obliged!! 3mo
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB not at all - I would love to! Can you email me your address? 3mo
Reggie Small town you say? Stacked. I grew up in a town of 12000. I‘m a sucker for these stories. 3mo
BarbaraBB Thank you so much🤍, I will! 3mo
sarahbarnes @Reggie same! I‘m always drawn to them. I grew up in a town of 1200 actually - insane. 3mo
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I really enjoyed this. McBride expertly portrayed the ways a community systematically cut off from resources, works around barriers to support one another. I loved the way he led us through various characters and stories to illustrate the creativity required to get things done. He succeeded at both showing the strength of the citizens of Chicken Hill while also not diminishing the racism they faced, at both individual and structural levels.

BarbaraBB Great review. Not surprisingly, I felt the same 😊 3mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I was glad you liked this one too! I was relieved after so many mixed reviews. 3mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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A very good story, as many others here have said. It was sweet and simple in some ways, but it had its sharp edges as well, and ended in a way that felt like the right way for it to end. #litsyTOB

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The Morning Star | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I found it so compelling and unsettling throughout that I was on pins and needles much of the time and couldn‘t put it down. And then, suddenly, it ended with so much left untold. I don‘t need stories to be fully resolved, but I did want more at the end of this one. Nevertheless, a pick because it was very good until the end. Thanks for putting this one on my radar @batsy !

batsy Nice review! I too wanted more, and to know and understand more. From what I understand, the next one (Wolves of Eternity) doesn't quite give answers but maybe more questions 😂 Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to it... 4mo
sarahbarnes @batsy I looked at the blurb for Wolves when I finished hoping for a sequel 😂 But yes I also still want to read it! I think he wanted to bring the theme of what we can know and what we can‘t know into all aspects of the novel, but I was still a bit frustrated by all the unfinished stories. (edited) 4mo
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Prophet Song | Paul Lynch
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It‘s hard to call this book dystopian since (as @TrishB said) this could happen anywhere in the world next week. And in reality people in some places are experiencing things along these lines right now. I loved this book even though it is painful to read. Lynch artfully crafted a story of a life moving from the mundane day to day to a fever dream of disbelief, to a nightmare. 💔

BarbaraBB Great review. 4mo
batsy Lovely review. I've got this on hold and am prepared for something bleak... 4mo
TrishB Great review. It will be a read that stays with me. 4mo
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB thank you 🩵 4mo
sarahbarnes @batsy it is quite bleak, but excellent and worth reading. I‘m looking forward to your thoughts on it. 4mo
sarahbarnes @TrishB same. I‘ve been thinking about it a lot since I finished it. 4mo
Reggie TrishB had me stack it and now you‘ve made me go put it on hold. fever dream into nightmare got me. Great review! 4mo
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Classic Murakami in the best way. I love his quirky, slightly unsettling approach to storytelling. He keeps you on your toes and leaves you with some unresolved pieces to ponder. He‘s always a favorite of mine. I got this copy in Taipei - pictured here with the tea set I picked up there as well. 📖 🫖

LeahBergen I love your little Yixing tea set! 4mo
Suet624 You're so right about Murakami. 4mo
sarahbarnes @LeahBergen I love it too! 4mo
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emz711 Which book of his should I start on? 4mo
sarahbarnes @emz711 I would say this is a good one to start with 4mo
sarahbarnes @Suet624 it‘s his thing I think. 4mo
JuniperWilde I LOVED Wind Up Bird Chronicle 4mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this one yet. Great review! And I loved Wind Up too! 4mo
batsy Love the tea set! 🤎 I waa just reading about the new Murakami coming out this year, which sounds fascinating. And was also taken aback about his age—he seems perennially 50 or so in my mind. 4mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @juniperwilde it‘s still one of my favorites of his! 4mo
sarahbarnes @batsy thank you! And I hadn‘t heard about his new book so thank you for the heads up! It does sound fascinating and I‘ll be keeping an eye out for it. I know, it‘s crazy what a long time he‘s been writing. 🩵 4mo
vivastory I have loved every Murakami that I have read, esp. the stories! 4mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I haven‘t read any of his stories yet, and really want to! 4mo
vivastory The two story collections that I have read are “After The Quake“ & “The Elephant Vanishes“ There are stories form both that I still think about, despite having read them years ago 4mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I appreciate the recommendations! 4mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I always meant to read the story collection that Drive My Car is Based on. I've heard great things about that movie! 4mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory yes! That film is on my list! 4mo
merelybookish You tea set is lovely! And I have never read any Murakamki. 😬🙈 4mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish thank you! And I think that‘s okay! 😁 4mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I love Murakami, but I don't know if you would. I would recommend sampling his stories if you are curious. I really loved this collection 4mo
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All the Little Bird-Hearts | Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow
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This book. 💔 An exquisitely written, heart wrenching story of motherhood, cruelty and betrayal. The narcissistic Vita and cowardly Rolls. Beautiful Sunday. And young Dolly in the middle of it all. A powerful start to my reading year.

BarbaraBB I was pretty sure your reaction would be like mine yet I am glad it is. Such a powerful read. ❤️‍🩹 5mo
sarahbarnes @barbarabb I knew when I saw you loved it that I would, too. 🩵🩵 5mo
squirrelbrain This was one of my favourites of 2023. 💔 5mo
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sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain it was just so devastatingly good. 5mo
Suet624 Truly was 💔 5mo
Rissreads Soooooo good! 😊 4mo
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Idlewild | James Frankie Thomas
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Last book of 2023. I really enjoyed this one. It had me laughing out loud at certain moments - Thomas captures the absurd world of teenagers so perfectly. At the same time Nell‘s and Faye‘s experiences into adulthood broke my heart. Thomas captures all of it so poignantly and the ending felt real in a way I appreciated. #LitsyTOB24

Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it! 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review, totally agree! 5mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too. ❤️ 5mo
Reggie Happy New Year, Sarah! 5mo
sarahbarnes Happy New Year, @Reggie !! 5mo
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2023: A Trilogy | The Justified Mu
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Here is my #top23of23! It was a great reading year. Love seeing everyone's lists so I can add to my TBR for 2024. 😁 📚

squirrelbrain A fair few of these will be on my list too! 5mo
AmyG Great books. 5mo
Deblovestoread Some fantastic books on here and some new to me to check out. 😀 5mo
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BarbaraBB Fantastic list. So many similar books. And Cassandra ❤️❤️. I want to read the ones I haven‘t read yet. What is the book second from left on the third row? 5mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB so many! ♥️ That one is Let Me Think by J Robert Lennon. You would like it I think! 5mo
BarbaraBB I mean the one below that. The Lennon sounds great indeed! 5mo
sarahbarnes Ohhh, the third row. 😂 That one is Self Help by Lorrie Moore! 5mo
batsy What a great list! So many to check out. 5mo
merelybookish Great list! Many I loved as well! (Had to screenshot it to read all the titles. 🧐👵). I have not read Foster but watched the movie based on it the other night and 😭😭😭😭 Called A QUiet Girl. 5mo
Reggie Cantoras!! ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I didn‘t know they made it into film. I need to watch that at some point. The book is similarly 😭. 5mo
vivastory @merelybookish I heard very recently that there is going to be an adaptation coming out of Keegan's Small Things Like These w/ C. Murphy. I have a bit of adaptation fatigue, but as he was in my fave of 23 I cant complain 4mo
merelybookish @vivastory I have no interest in Oppenheimer but I do like Cillian Murphy. 😍 And I can see him in that role. 4mo
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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I had high expectations going into this one given reviews here and I was not disappointed. What a great book. A perfectly crafted story and phenomenal characters. I loved the juxtaposition of Rachel‘s adult perspective as she tells the story from her youth; it felt authentic and without too much judgment of her younger self. A favorite of 2023!

squirrelbrain Glad you loved it too! ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Relieved and happy you loved it too - with those high expectations ❤️ 5mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB it made my top reads in 2023! 5mo
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Death Valley | Melissa Broder
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This is my first book by Broder and reading it felt like the earth shifting under my feet a bit. She takes you outside the realms of reality just enough to have no idea what will happen next. I loved the main character in the story and her narrative voice was perfect. A fun and unexpected pick. Thanks for the tip @Megabooks !

merelybookish Merry Christmas!! 5mo
Megabooks Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! 5mo
sarahbarnes Merry Christmas @merelybookish!! 🎄♥️ 5mo
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BarbaraBB Wow this sounds great. I see I had it stacked already. Probably thanks to @Megabooks too! 5mo
batsy Oh, great! I have this on hold. Really need to read her other books too. 5mo
Reggie Yeah, her books sound like they‘re up my alley and then I never get around to them. Great review. 5mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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A great story to accompany me on my trip. This was my first Atkinson and a book I had on my shelf for awhile. I‘m so glad I finally read it. And then I left it in the Taipei airport for another reader to find. 😊 I‘ll be reading more of her for sure.

TrishB Love this author, but this is my least favourite by her 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
sarahbarnes @trishb what‘s your favorite? 5mo
TrishB The follow up to this one - A God in Ruins I loved and all the Jackson Brodie series. 5mo
sarahbarnes @TrishB 👍👍 5mo
merelybookish I'm so glad you enjoyed it! She's such a brave storyteller! 5mo
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Eslite | Taipei, Taiwan (Bookstore)
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Such beautiful editions of Murakami, in English and in Chinese. 🩵

Ruthiella Really pretty! 😍 5mo
BarbaraBB 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
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Eslite | Taipei, Taiwan (Bookstore)
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We visited this enormous bookstore in Taipei, which is open 24 hours. Such a brilliant idea! It came in very handy when recovering from jet lag - I was here at 5am. 😝

wanderinglynn A 24hr bookstore?!? 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! 5mo
vivastory This is the dream!! 5mo
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BarbaraBB You are in Taipei, wow! How long will you be staying there? 5mo
sarahbarnes @barbarabb I am here until Monday. It‘s beautiful! 5mo
batsy That is so awesome! An Eslite branch recently opened here but I haven't checked it out properly yet (sadly not 24 hours 😆) Enjoy your trip! 5mo
BarbaraBB So cool! Enjoy! 5mo
sarahbarnes @batsy so cool! I was really impressed by their inventory - so many great books. Maybe they‘ll decide to start staying open 24 hours at some point? You could make the suggestion. 😆 5mo
Reggie Very cool. 5mo
batsy @sarahbarnes *cracks knuckles, gets ready to type suggestion email* 😂 5mo
sarahbarnes @batsy ✊✊😂😂 5mo
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An unpopular opinion based on other Litsy reviews, but I enjoyed most of these stories. I loved their strangeness and occasional creepiness. A couple were a miss for me, but I loved The White Cat‘s Divorce, Prince Hat, The White Road and Skinner‘s Veil. Finished these while at a conference in Atlanta.

Billypar I haven't read this yet, but I'm a huge fan based on the two collections I have read. Strange about the tepid Litsy reviews because it's got the highest avg GR rating so far compared to her others. But the Litsy reviews are only a handful, so it's a small sample I guess. 6mo
sarahbarnes @Billypar that is interesting. I will say that I am going to immediately track down her other collections after reading these. Good to know that you‘re a fan based on what you‘ve read! 6mo
Hooked_on_books This didn‘t work for me, but not because I thought it was a bad book by any means. It‘s good to find a writer that hits your kind of weird! 6mo
sarahbarnes @Hooked_on_books I wholeheartedly agree! 6mo
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The House of Doors | Tan Twan Eng
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I enjoyed this slowly unfolding story of love, loyalty, art and politics set in 1920s Malaysia. I was drawn in by the beautiful descriptions of setting and the dreamlike pace of the story. It makes me want to read his other books.

batsy I must check this out! 6mo
sarahbarnes @batsy he doesn‘t shy away from the racism, colonialism and homophobia that were present there (as everywhere else), but it is a beautiful story. 6mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB adding that one to my list now! 6mo
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Kairos: Roman | Jenny Erpenbeck
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A story of a troubling relationship between a young girl and older man with lasting impacts. I think Erpenbeck is a brilliant writer and loved the structure of this book as told through a series of boxes of documents. Also the parallels between their relationship and the context of East/West Berlin and the Soviet Union when the story takes place are very powerful. Unsettling and moving.

BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I‘ll be reading this soon too, thanks for the heads up (edited) 6mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I‘ll be really interested to hear your thoughts! 6mo
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I liked this! I read it based on so many positive Litsy reviews and I wasn‘t disappointed. I really liked the incorporation of the script format throughout the story. The metaphor of animal mutations works surprisingly well. I will say I liked the last part of the novel less than the first two parts.

squirrelbrain I really need to get to this one - so many great reviews from Littens! 6mo
BarbaraBB I feel the same @squirrelbrain 6mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I‘ll be very interested to hear your thoughts on it! 6mo
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This story felt (sadly) less dystopian and more a story about a likely series of events as the impact of climate change becomes more severe. It started out a bit slow but then picked up and I was hooked and couldn‘t look away. I‘m not sure I would describe the book as “fun” like some reviews; I found it very sad most of the time. But the descriptions of food, love and intimacy were exquisite. Overall a pick.

BarbaraBB I bailed on this one but now I feel I should have tried harder. Maybe I‘ll give it another try. 6mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I did feel like it took me a bit to get into the story at the beginning. 6mo
squirrelbrain It was a slow start, wasn‘t it, but it did pick up later on. Having said that, I can‘t remember much about it a few weeks later! 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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What a wonderful surprise to come home to on a Monday @BarbaraBB!! Thank you so much for all of the lovely gifts! I‘m so excited to have these books from my TBR. ♥️ I love Atwood and have been wanting to read Lively for a long time. And thank you for the fun treats and socks - so perfect for this time of year! Thank you so much, friend! 😊 #BBgiveaway

LeahBergen How lovely! 🥰 7mo
Aimeesue Wow! Those are both such great books! And pretty, too. 7mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 7mo
BarbaraBB Glad they arrived safely and rather soon! I hope yours will arrive one of these days too @LeahBergen but my tracking information is a bit vague 🤞🏽 7mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB No worries! Canada Post is notoriously slow. 😆 7mo
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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This book was a page turner from start to finish. I was sucked into the story and couldn‘t put it down; I definitely stayed up too late a couple of nights this week to finish it. I really, really disliked Mrs. Price - a sign of excellent character development on Chidgey‘s part. I am really a fan of her writing.

LeahBergen Oh, good to hear! I‘m looking forward to this one. 7mo
AnneCecilie I loved this as well, the tension was amazing. 7mo
sarahbarnes @LeahBergen I hope you like it! 7mo
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sarahbarnes @AnneCecilie it was incredible that it lasted throughout the book! 7mo
BarbaraBB Stacking immediately 🤍 7mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I think you‘ll really like it! 7mo
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Notes of a Crocodile | Qiu Miaojin
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I‘m traveling to Taiwan in December and so I‘m reading some fiction by Taiwanese writers. This was my first, and I‘ll admit I wasn‘t as able to connect with it as much as I‘d hoped. I liked the crocodile in human suits metaphor a lot, though. Any recommendations for books to read, please send them my way. 😁

batsy How exciting! I'm not well-versed in Taiwanese literature, and I think I enjoyed this more than most. It's a bit of an odd book, so I get it 😁 7mo
BarbaraBB Exciting indeed! I was there for work twice and Taipei is amazing! And I agree on the book. It was a so-so for me too. 7mo
Reggie I liked this book but it got under my skin. I hope you have great travels! 7mo
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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So glad I finally got to this book on my shelf. I love the way Offill uses short paragraphs and sparse writing to explore such deeply human experiences - relationships, parenting, pain and loss, love. I think I liked this one even better than Weather, and now may have to pick up Last Things because I love her writing.

Liz_M I also liked this more than weather. 7mo
BarbaraBB Like @Liz_M I thought this was better than Weather. Much better even! 7mo
SamAnne I just convinced my IRL book club to read this for November. I absolutely loved Weather. Looking forward to this one! 7mo
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Billypar Great review! I read this in September and loved it as well. I kept procrastinating on my Litsy review though. Maybe I'll still get to it? 🤔 7mo
sarahbarnes @barbarabb @Liz_M I read Weather quite a while ago and don‘t remember it very well. But glad to know we are in agreement! 7mo
sarahbarnes @SamAnne great choice! I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
BarbaraBB Of course we are 👯‍♀️ 7mo
sarahbarnes @Billypar so glad you also loved it! I‘d love to hear your thoughts on it. 😊 7mo
sarahbarnes @barbarabb 👯‍♀️ indeed! ♥️ 7mo
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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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A story of interconnected characters and events in a small Maine town. The kind of book I really enjoy and I did enjoy this one, a portrait of the daily, imperfect lives of people, private and yet never really private in a town this size.

BarbaraBB I love the cover! 😍 7mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB me too - the cover was definitely one of the things that caught my eye! 7mo
Suet624 Oh, that cover! I love it too. Stacked! 7mo
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The Trio | Johanna Hedman
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I enjoyed this book, which reminded me a little of Sally Rooney (but no one can quite write these types of stories like she does). Wonderful character development and I loved how the story progressed as told from three different perspectives until the end. A portrait of the small ways we make decisions in our lives that don‘t always make sense.

BarbaraBB Such a coincidence, I just bought this one! 7mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB ah, such a coincidence! 😊 I think you‘ll like it! 7mo
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Weasels in the Attic | Hiroko Oyamada
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This book embodies the weirdness I love in Japanese fiction. Oyamada‘s books are full of unsettling strange events and bizarre dialogue between characters. Along with detailed food descriptions I can‘t get enough of. The three long chapters in the book look at relationships and children in some very interesting ways.

batsy I really want to read this! Glad to see it was a pick for you. 8mo
sarahbarnes @batsy I think you‘ll like it! I really enjoyed her other two books and this one is just as good. 8mo
BarbaraBB This looks so good! Like @batsy I really want to read it. I haven‘t read her before, any suggestions where to start? 7mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I definitely think you would love her! I really liked The Hole, maybe I would start there? 7mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, will try that one first! I‘ll probably love her if you say so! 7mo
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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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What a book. Such beautiful writing and descriptions in the midst of unimaginable horror. The character development is impeccable. I was sad when it ended and will be thinking about Tommy and his family for a long time. I‘m officially a Rebecca Wait fan after this one.

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squirrelbrain So good! ❤️ 8mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain truly! ♥️ 8mo
Aimeesue Such great writing in this one! 8mo
BarbaraBB I am a Wait fan too now! 8mo
jlhammar What a book, indeed! Great review. I'm so glad we chose this for #EuropaCollective. I'll definitely be reading more Wait. 7mo
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