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Lindy

Lindy

Joined May 2016

I read a lot. https://lindypratch.blogspot.ca/ Edmonton AB
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Scary Monsters by Michelle De Kretser
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Companion Piece by Ali Smith
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Library by Michael Dumontier, Neil Farber
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Sentence by Louise Erdrich
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The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
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I was surprised by how much I could relate to in these 12 interconnected short stories about an Indigenous—Penobscot—family who live on a reservation in Maine, ie: driving over a solid mass of caterpillars on the road, or a car with a radio that goes on & off over bumps. I am fortunate that the serious problems in this book—living with addictions, family violence & poverty—are outside of my experience. Darrell Dennis narrates the fine audiobook.

merelybookish Your review makes me want to read this more. I was already intrigued by the title. 12h
Lindy @merelybookish I hope you will tag me if you read it. 😊 10h
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… Tabitha, an asshole everyone at the clinic knew, who threw up her liquid methadone and then sold it …

KathyR 😝 3h
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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#alphabetgame #letterE
Two of the 5-star books that I‘ve read in 2022 start with the letter E.
Debbie, thanks for tagging me. 🤗

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻📚thanks for playing! 3d
Lindy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a pleasure 😊 3d
batsy Elena Knows ❤️ 3d
BarbaraBB Such a good choice!! 3d
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A moving memoir about growing up lesbian in Jamaica, where homosexuality is illegal—men face 10 years in prison doing hard labour—and in a devout Christian family where homosexuality is sinful. Queer people meet each other using apps, which is how Angeline Jackson was targeted by a sexual predator. The “corrective rape” is not explicitly described; Jackson going to the police afterwards is very brave. Age 15 and up. #LGBTQ

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Taproot | Keezy Young
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A sweet all ages graphic novel about two boys in love. One is a ghost, and the other has been able to see ghosts all his life. Nice blend of cuteness—(not too cute)—and creepiness—(not too creepy). Trigger warning for insects!
Nonbinary creator Keezy Young has used a lovely palette of muted colours for one world and lots of black for a spooky connected world. #LGBTQ #AllAges #comics

Soubhiville Pretty! 3d
Lindy @Soubhiville Yes, I love the art. 😊 3d
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Taproot | Keezy Young
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Blue explains his nickname, then Hamal tells Blue that his name is also a nickname. That led me to wonder if Hamal is a trans boy. It‘s not explicitly stated anywhere, and I like the ambiguity.

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I talk about the tagged book and others in my latest video:

Friday Reads August 5 - queer books & translations + cake baking
https://youtu.be/qUHBWRoQNlg

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Taobao: Stories | Dan K Woo
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In this collection set in various locations in contemporary China, the characters are mostly unfortunate, some downright creepy. We see a lot of the underbelly of life. I‘m usually less interested in stories that focus on romantic relationships but the vivid sense of place & the cultural information—bridal customs; worker-boss dynamics; food—really held my attention. Misunderstandings are often central to the plot. #CanLit #ShadowGiller2022

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Taobao: Stories | Dan K Woo
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Her older sisters left for the big cities on the coast to look for jobs, husbands & money. The family needed money to send Jade‘s little brother to school, so it was a burden on the daughters, who dropped out & went to work at factories or massage parlours, sending most of their pay back home.
Jade stayed at home to care for her parents & little brother. The parents wished her to marry while she was young & could get a good bride price, which ⬇️

Lindy (Continued) would be saved & then used when her younger brother wanted a wife. That was how the world worked. The daughters were yaoqianshu, a money tree. 5d
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Taproot | Keezy Young
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“I was just wondering how often I should be watering this orchid?”

Serendipity: I was gifted an orchid yesterday and this book that I started today opens with advice on caring for an orchid.

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The good cake book | Diana Dalsass
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Gingerbread cake from the tagged cookbook, baked for my friend‘s 80th birthday.

StaceGhost Absolutely gorgeous! And a happy birthday to your friend 💐 (edited) 5d
batsy How lovely! 5d
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Hooked_on_books What a gorgeous spread! 5d
tpixie Yum 😋 5d
mcctrish What a gorgeous cake! Happy Birthday to your friend 🎉 5d
Lindy @batsy @Hooked_on_books @tpixie @mcctrish Thanks, everyone. We had a good time, even though we had to hold it indoors instead of in my garden, on account of the weather. One of the guests will be 90 next week. We all used to work at the same library branch. 5d
tpixie @Lindy it sounds like it was a lovely day!! 5d
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Eartheater: A Novel | Dolores Reyes
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Gritty realism with fantastical elements. I was spellbound by this Argentinian novel about a barrio girl whose clairvoyant abilities are connected to eating earth. She helps people find their missing or dead loved ones, but at great cost to herself. The writing is punchy & skips along quickly through several years, pausing on scenes sometimes quotidian, like playing video games, & sometimes momentous, like murder. #Translation by Julia Sanches.

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Eartheater: A Novel | Dolores Reyes
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Her bones weren‘t meek like domesticated animals. They stalked me and their fury contained the devastating force of those who seek justice.

Alfoster Cool pic!😱❤️ 6d
kspenmoll Scary!! 6d
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A quiet, character-based novel about a group of four nuns who run a halfway house, as seen through the eyes of one of them, who happens to be a lesbian. Agatha loves their close companionship, yet chafes when the others refuse to question the misogynistic attitudes & criminal behaviours of the men of the church. I really enjoyed the audiobook read by Hillary Huber & cheered Agatha on as she started thinking & acting more independently. #LGBTQ

LeahBergen This sounds good. 👍 1w
Lindy @LeahBergen yes, I think it would suit your tastes, Leah. 😊 1w
Leftcoastzen That sounds really cool! 1w
batsy Great review! I have it on my list. Fab cover, too. 1w
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It‘s easy to be fooled by joy, to think it will never abandon you, never leave room for hunger and fear.

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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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If my classmate and his wife decided to leave China, they would have to face the unavoidable hardships of emigration, like solitude, humiliation, and monotony, like repetitiveness, directionlessness, and helplessness. These were problems that could not be solved by money, difficulties that no frame of mind could counteract.

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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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This novel‘s emotional restraint suits the cold Montreal winter setting of this story about an immigrant‘s loneliness after his wife dies & his daughter moves out. Two different women help him come to terms with his situation, while both withhold secrets connected to his birth country, China. I am giving it a pick for its ideas & bookishness, but the jealousy & romance passages… not so much. #Translation by Stephen Nashef. #shadowgiller2022

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Ok. Good to know. I had highish hopes for this one, but sounds like it‘s a long shot eh? I just added more books to my library list from the Craving CanLit site. Looks like the year of the short story! 7d
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It‘s a long longshot, maybe somewhere towards the middle of the pile 7d
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Speaking of short stories, I‘m currently reading a good collection but it‘s not jumping up to scream Giller: 7d
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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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I was disappointed by the outdated portrayal of a young disabled woman in this contemporary novel:

“I love cooking,” she said shyly. “Were it not for my accident I would have made an excellent housewife.”

5feet.of.fury Yikes 😳 1w
SW-T 🙄😳 1w
KathyWheeler All righty then. That‘s pretty awful. 1w
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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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Celia thought that reading was a sign of someone‘s worth, that a life without reading was not worth living. My wife, on the other hand, thought my interest in reading was a sign of my irresponsible attitude.

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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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You can only understand the meaning of life if you can see the bigger picture, and without understanding the meaning of life you cannot live a meaningful life.
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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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I would sometimes feel lonely so I decided to reread Animal Farm. From the very beginning I discovered there was more to the text than I had gotten the first time, to the extent that I almost felt as if I were reading a different book. I knew it wasn‘t simply a question of my language capability having improved or my surroundings having changed. It was a testament to the mysterious power of rereading.

rockpools The universe is telling me to start rereading! I‘d literally just replied to Meg asking how she manages it. I think I might be missing out! 1w
Lindy @rockpools I only reread 1 or 2 books a month, but I always get a lot out of the experience. I would reread more if I could overcome my attraction to shiny new-to-me books. 😁 1w
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If you are a fan of Jenny Offill or Lucy Ellmann, I think this feminist novel published in 1970 will appeal. I enjoyed the compressed timeline—a single evening—and the stream of consciousness style. Minn is hugely pregnant (an IUD failure); her 3 kids are asleep; her war reporter husband is away; & party guests she doesn‘t know have taken over the crumbling mansion that she & her husband rent in Toronto. Amusing, introspective #CanLit.

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Eartheater: A Novel | Dolores Reyes
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Then she opened her purse and pulled out a can of beer.
I eyed the can, a pitiful amount for the two of us, but she smiled so hard I didn‘t care.
“On birthdays,” she said, “it‘s allowed.”
And the can popped open with that sound I loved.

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White towels in the bathroom, still. Colours are vulgar and their purpose is to disguise dirt.

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Love was an idea you lived through and came out on the other side of. It was slowly replaced by the necessities of devotion and duty. But it manifested itself periodically in little misplaced surges of carnality and went away again. The spirit nourished on Lorna Doone & Jane Eyre & Le Grand Meaulnes did not give up adventure easily.

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I haven‘t thought of anything so complex for years. […]
Did I love my husband! Well, I said, what‘s that got to do with anything?

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Funny, before she went to France she hadn‘t known that films had directors the way books have authors. You learned a lot, growing up in a place like Godwin and moving on to a provincial university; you learned a lot, say, about the dear old nineteenth century. But not that films have directors.

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My Volcano | John Elizabeth Stintzi
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July has been a great reading month. Lots of queer authors and Canadian writing.

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Juice had many health benefits, Mrs Scrimshaw told them, but when they asked what they were, she said she couldn‘t remember the specifics but she knew she‘d seen it in a headline.

charl08 Sounds like me 🤣 1w
Lindy @charl08 😉 1w
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She asked how my first class had gone. Then, before I could find a way to ask her if and when and how teaching would get easier, she said, “You look like you need a doughnut.”

ShyBookOwl Aaaand now I want a doughnut 😅 1w
batsy Mmmm 🍩🍩🍩 1w
Lindy @ShyBookOwl @batsy My work here is done. 😉 1w
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Five books that I‘ve read recently:

Saturday Reads July 30 with shoutouts to booktube influence on my reading choices
https://youtu.be/yObjzyOpFfU

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Here‘s a link to my Friday Reads, which includes a tour of my front garden. I am delighted that it is nominated for Front Yards in Bloom.

Friday Reads July 29: Authors from Burma, Malaysia, Tibet, Iran and Canada.
https://youtu.be/LDARReM_P1I

DivineDiana Congratulations on your garden‘s nomination!👏🏻💐👏🏻 (edited) 1w
vivastory Congrats on the nomination! 👏 🌷 1w
Lindy @DivineDiana @vivastory Thanks ☺️🌳💚 1w
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Lori Fox, a nonbinary journalist in Whitehorse, holds strong opinions about many things in these essays. They can spin a spellbinding tale, whether it‘s about working as a fruit-picker, being assaulted on the job as a server, or recounting their father‘s belief that he‘d found a portal to hell. They have a wrathful burn-it-all-down approach to fixing capitalism that seems naïve, but perhaps I‘m the one that needs more anarchy in my thinking. LGBTQ

TrishB And I am immediately attracted to the burn it all down. Stacked as I would read but my son‘s partner will love this. 1w
Lindy @TrishB Ha! I checked in with my queer nephew who lives in the same town as Lori Fox. “Peak queer gossip fodder” and also “a cool human” are his comments about them. 1w
TrishB Well they sound fun! 1w
Lindy @TrishB 😜 1w
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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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Strange ideas would occur to me, such as the notion that the Old Summer Palace had always been destined to be sacked & burned by foreign powers, that it was this act that had allowed it to become the true Old Summer Palace. But such thoughts quickly made me uncomfortable. So much of what was “true” in history was built on a foundation of destruction—this was its tragedy.

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!!! Tell us how you really feel, Lori Fox!

Lindy Later on in the same chapter that contains the quote pictured, Fox says: “I don‘t mean to detract from Atwood‘s work, which I personally think has about as much colour and personality as an old plastic bag; she has her fans, though her work clearly isn‘t for me.” 2w
Graywacke Such a well stated comment, but not to an author anyone else would apply it to. I mean Atwood can be a little slow at times. But, weird. Which book led to that rant? 2w
Lindy @Graywacke Fox mentioned The Handmaid‘s Tale and The Testaments in a discussion about dystopian fiction by cis women, but I think her comments about Atwood‘s writing were directed towards her oeuvre. 2w
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Graywacke @Lindy It feels so beyond reasonable to me. Maybe because I‘m lacking the context. 2w
Lindy @Graywacke The context is straightforward: Fox really dislikes Atwood‘s writing. It comes up as an aside during a critique of feminist dystopian novels. Her stance is over-the-top… but unequivocal. 2w
Graywacke @Lindy ok. I certainly agree with your assessment. 🙂 2w
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The people with money have their money, in part, because they don‘t pay their workers what their labour is actually worth. Part of how they get away with doing that is by telling working-class people that not only is their work not worth very much, neither are they.

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Capitalism is not simply an economic system; capitalism is culture. Specifically, capitalism is *our* culture. And under capitalism—within our culture—working-class bodies are property.

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Prophetess | Baharan Baniahmadi
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Sara is 7 and lives in the slums of Tehran when she witnesses the murder of her 9-year-old sister. From that point onward, Sara is changed in unusual ways. She faints & sprouts facial hair if men get too close. She turns to the Quran & the mosque… but actually she is the one with answers. Eventually, she encompasses millions of other women within herself. Fierce and surreal, this short novel is about how to live with trauma. #CanadianAuthor

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Prophetess | Baharan Baniahmadi
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Holding a grudge feels like prison. Hatred is poisonous and kills you slowly.

TheSpineView Truth! 2w
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Prophetess | Baharan Baniahmadi
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One day I will explode. Just like the hairy gland that grows under my skin every time I feel threatened, which repulses everyone with its acidic smell and the hair on my chin.

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A gripping, eye-opening look at illegal logging: its staggering extent, effects and causes. 30% of the world‘s wood trade is illegal. 80% of Amazonian wood is poached. I was impressed by the author‘s efforts to get to know some of the people in the Pacific Northwest who steal trees & why. Prevention of tree poaching in this area is best dealt with by addressing socio-economic factors that encourage poaching. #CanadianAuthor

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Corporations continue to cut as much as they can in the Amazon today—by some accounts, the area of a soccer field every minute. […]
By the summer of 2021, so much damage had been done to the Amazon rain forest that it began to emit more carbon than it stores.

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Big trees (those with trunks more than 21” diameter) have a particular power to curb climate change: because they have reached full root, bark & canopy development, they store more carbon than younger, still-developing new growth. A study in 2018 found that the world‘s widest trees hold about half of all the carbon stored in global forests.

charl08 😍 2w
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… meth had originally been developed as a worker‘s drug.

SamAnne In my hometown mill town meth and uppers were used to keep up in the mills. My town was a sitting duck when the newer, cheaper and more destructive versions became widespread. Had family members and classmates struggle with it. 2w
Lindy @SamAnne I‘m sorry 😞 2w
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Automation, globalization & increased education requirements—compounded by failures in government & institutions—have given rise to a generation of disconnected & fearful people. The number of men who have dropped out of the labour force & stopped looking for work has quintupled since the 1950s. ⬇️

Lindy The result is a form of community trauma deeply felt in many rural areas: intergenerational poverty, long-term unemployment , degraded environments, disconnected social relationships, and destructive social norms. 2w
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Within its boundaries, Redwood National and State Parks holds 45% of the world‘s remaining old-growth coast redwood forest & the planet‘s tallest tree. Of the 2 million acres of coast redwoods that once carpeted the region, just 4% (along a 450-mile-long stretch) remains.

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I clearly remember the half-year of continuous protest in 1993 when the BC government planned to open two-thirds of the old growth in Clayoquot Sound region to logging. “It would become the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.”
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SamAnne I remember that has well. I was working on forest protection in the U.S. 2w
Lindy @SamAnne 🌲🌳💚 2w
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In my government there‘d be compulsory downstairs bathrooms for all mothers, and a squad of government housekeepers on motorcycles, old women who‘d flap in, pounce on the children, crying, “I love this one, oh, isn‘t that one wonderful, can I have them for a day, the darlings?” holiday help by lottery, abortion on demand, cheap nationalised shoes. In my government…

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From 1960, when Chinese soldiers forced them to flee to Nepal, this immersive novel follows 3 generations of women in a Tibetan family. While studying at university in present day Canada, the youngest of these recognizes a holy artifact, a ku, in a private collection.
I felt deeply moved by this story of stateless Tibetans & their desire to return to their homeland. An excellent audiobook production with 3 narrators. #ShadowGiller2022

SamAnne Thank you for always introducing me to new, interesting books off the beaten path. 2w
Lindy @SamAnne It‘s my pleasure 😇 2w
booksandsympathy I've never heard of this before. It sounds amazing. 2w
Lindy @booksandsympathy It‘s a recent release, based partly on the author‘s family and also growing up as a human rights activist. 2w
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This is how you break a heart: with a wire fence that shows everything that cannot be touched.

(Internet photo of border between Nepal and Chinese-occupied Tibet)