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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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Desire Cordier - mild-mannered former librarian, put-upon husband, lover of boules - is losing his mind. Or is he? Happily tucked away in the Winterlight Home for the Elderly, Desire is looking forward to a quiet retirement with the other forgetful residents, safe in the knowledge that no one knows he's faking his memory loss. And as if there weren't reasons enough to opt out of the modern world, it would be worth it just to see Rosa Rozendaal again - the love of Desire's youth, the one who got away. But dementia isn't all fun and games. There's a former war criminal hiding out in the home; once-beautiful Rosa might be too far gone to return Desire's ardour; and our hero soon begins to suspect he might not be the only one in Winterlight who's acting a part. A tender love story of demented minds and honourable hearts, and a razor-sharp satire of the indignities of old age and the callousness of caregiving,The Latecomer excoriates our society and asks: might we all be better off forgetting?
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
Oops I meant to do this yesterday but reading distracted me. 🤦

1.Goodreads goal was 85 and I just finished #220. I need two more on my MBC reading list and am a bit over half done with #nonfiction2019
2.I'm obsessed with researching and identifying bugs even though they terrify me. My friend used to send me pics of bugs he'd find on his walks to work in Ghana & ask for help id'ing them.
4.I have none
5. ✋

The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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I'm clearly very late to this--haven't had time for Litsy the past couple days.
1- I love books that make me forget whatever has been consuming my thoughts lately. Also books that I can't stop thinking about when I'm doing other things.
2- I don't really collect things (except maybe dust bunnies). 😉
3- Cookbook? Lately Door Dash has been providing most of my meals.
4- I have never really gotten in to poetry.
5- Hmmm...

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

cherinium Thanks for the tag @TheEllieMo ! 😁 8mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗🤗 8mo
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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So far from Wednesday, but still! 😂
1. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
2. The Bell Jar
3. Goodreads. I buy those list pads but I keep failing.
4. Here's a lovely charcoal yogurt I had the other day! Topped with spiced cookie sauce and with kiwis and mango fruits 😋
#wondrouswednesday @eggs
Thanks for the tag, @batsy

Eggs Oh yes From the MU Files of mrs basil e frankweiler-that book is comforting to me. Have read it many times. Thanks for joining in 🤗💗 9mo
batsy Love those two books and mmm spiced cookie sauce! At the Llao Llao chain here my favourite is the similar sounding cookie sauce. 9mo
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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I know that I‘m late but I just want you all to know that your cards brightened my holiday season. ❤️ #jb

Lovesbooks87 🎄💚🎄💚 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Kaye Same here. Sorry I haven‘t posted Thank yous sooner. I‘ve been living in the Land Of Funk and just came out the other side. 13mo
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CareBear @kaye that‘s exactly how I feel. Like I‘m finally starting to feel human again. Glad you made it out the other side! 13mo
Kaye Same to you @CareBear 💕 13mo
Jas16 ❤️ 13mo
AmyG 😘 13mo
Mimi28 Yea!! I‘m glad you got it!! Happy New Year!! ❤️❤️ 13mo
BookwormAHN 😺😺 13mo
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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@Avanders I guess it should get there today now lol. Darn busy season 🤣 #SSS

Avanders 🤗🥰 I got it!! I'll post soon.. yesterday was a whirlwind! 🌪 14mo
Jennick2004 Yay @Avanders so glad it made it! 14mo
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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I don't take selfies because I never really know where to look! 😂 Snagged this at an event at a local amusement park last month on an exceptionally chilly night! I've got my purple Hockey Fights Cancer Devils hat on, I made my scarf for crocheting class AND wrote the pattern and both my daughter and I made it off the swings without getting sick! 😂
#lateasusual @howjessreads #FriYayIntro #butonaSaturday

Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
IamIamIam @Reviewsbylola 💜🤗💜 1y
TheBookKeepers Adorable! 1y
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IamIamIam @TheBookKeepers Awww, thanks!!! 💜 1y
Trashcanman Great picture Jessica, nice to put a name to the face. 💕 1y
IamIamIam @Trashcanman Thanks, GL!!! 🤗🤗 1y
Soubhiville Yay! Go Devils! You guys look like you‘re having a great time 😊 1y
IamIamIam @Soubhiville Haha, I get a lot of flack living on Long Island but I don't care! 🏒🏒 1y
Soubhiville Oh I bet you do! I‘m in TX where almost no one cares about hockey, the only people we talk 🏒 with are other transplants from all over, so instead of rivalry we just have solidarity in the sport 🤗 1y
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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Thanks for the tag @LazyDays I‘m a day late
1. So far for 2018 Circe by Madeline Miller is still my favorite read
2. I am at 46 and counting
3. My promotion into back office, I am no longer on the teller line!
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn
4. Fall, my birthday in 25 days

wanderinglynn Congrats on your promotion! And thanks for playing! 👋🏻😀 1y
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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1. Made chili!
2. Lasagna
3. Portland! Will see @That-Bookish-Hiker on Sunday before we leave!
4. Stephen King or Melanie Benjamin
5. Leaves changing, crisp smell tp the air and fall foods!

The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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A day late with this one!
1. Tome. The longer the better!!
2. Neither!! They are not my preferred genre at all
3. I switch between both!
4. Iced coffee 🥤 even on the darkest coldest day of winter
5. King is my all-time favorite author!

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 1y
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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Hello Littens! I'm so sorry I have been AWOL for quite a while, I discovered that my shoulder injury was much worse than previously assumed 😞
I'm somewhat out of my fog and wanted to post my swaps and tracking information because they are to be delivered by May 9th - just in the nick of time! 🎉
@JenlovesJT47 Thanks so much for organizing this!!

@PathfinderNicole #keychainswap

tammysue Oh no. Wishing you a speedy recovery! 🤗 2y
JenlovesJT47 Hope you feel better!! 2y
Eggs Hope things are getting better for you 😊😉 2y
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irre Feel better 💕 2y
JennyBookworm @whatshesreadingnow @JenlovesJT47 @Eggs @irre Thank you all so much! I can't wait to be back in working order again 🙂 2y
PathfinderNicole Exciting!! Thank you so much! Hope you feel better! I‘m waiting at the post office now to send your last out! :D 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I hope you get well soon. 2y
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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@4thhouseontheleft - just wanted to let you know that the #listygoespostaljr book is going to be a bit late. I lost track of the days and forgot to mail it by 3/10 so am hoping to get to the post office tomorrow or Tuesday the latest! Sorry😞 but Maya's book will be there soon! 😀

4thhouseontheleft That‘s ok! Lol, I just saw this now...I was out of town anyway. 😃 2y
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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Thanks for tagging me @KrystleTheBookSlayer and so sorry my Tuesday tidbits stretched into Friday 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️
1. Every Winnie the Pooh story and the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary
2. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
3. I love to hate Moriarty
4. I don‘t like most literary fiction, especially if it has a romantic storyline 🤢
5. Anyone who is a latecomer like me!

The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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A short novel with a great premise: a man fakes dementia to escape his domineering wife and moves into a nursing home. The writing is clean and crisp, and the protagonist's dry sense of humour & the situations he contrives to appear senile had me laughing out loud. His sad resignation to his marriage (until now) is familiar & well done, but the bitter hatred of his wife & his attitude to women generally troubled me. A pick but unsettling.

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