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The Parking Lot Attendant
The Parking Lot Attendant: A Novel | Nafkote Tamirat
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A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston's tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world A haunting story of fatherhood, national identity, and what it means to be an immigrant in America today, The Parking Lot Attendant explores how who we love, the choices we make, and the places were from combine to make us who we are. The story begins on an undisclosed island where the unnamed narrator and her father are the two newest and least liked members of a commune that has taken up residence there. Though the commune was built on utopian principles, it quickly becomes clear that life here is not as harmonious as the founders intended. After immersing us in life on the island, our young heroine takes us back to Boston to recount the events that brought her here. Though she and her father belong to a wide Ethiopian network in the city, they mostly keep to themselves, which is how her father prefers it. This detached existence only makes Ayales arrival on the scene more intoxicating. The unofficial king of Bostons Ethiopian community, Ayale is a born hustlerwhen he turns his attention to the narrator, she feels seen for the first time. Ostensibly a parking lot attendant, Ayale soon proves to have other projects in the works, which the narrator becomes more and more entangled in to her fathers growing dismay. By the time the scope of Ayales schemesand their repercussionsbecome apparent, our narrator has unwittingly become complicit in something much bigger and darker than she ever imagined.
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scowler1
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Mehso-so

A bit boring really.

Cinfhen Good to know! 1mo
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JoyBlue
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Bailedbailed

bailed at 33% (2:08:23)

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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

A teenage girl gets sucked into a group of Ethiopian immigrants who come under the influence of a charismatic leader. A story about coming of age/unwittingly being drawn into a cult/cultural identity. The premise is interesting and parts of it are good, but it just didn‘t grab me. It hangs somewhere between so-so and pick, but I think if I hadn‘t been listening to Bahni Turpin narrate the audiobook, I might have bailed.

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britt_brooke
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An unnamed Ethiopian-American teen finds solace in her friendship with older, charismatic parking lot attendant, Ayale. He fills the gaps in her unstable home life, but he‘s not completely forthcoming with his business practices. He preys on her vulnerability. There‘s a pant load of ambiguity here, but it works. This is more than an immigrant story, it‘s about a cult. That‘s my theory anyway.

Bahni Turpin is brilliant as always.

Tamra I so want to listen to this one! 5mo
Megabooks Sounds really interesting!! #stacked 5mo
britt_brooke @Tamra The audio is so good!! 5mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks I think you might really like this one. 👍🏻 5mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

Well, I‘m up to page 51 and not really seeing the point of continuing. I‘m not invested in the characters and really not caring, plus I‘m excited about other books. So, I‘m cutting my losses and back to the library it goes!

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Cinfhen That‘s the beauty of the library!!!! 9mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I know! I‘m so much more reluctant to bail on a book I spent money on. Though I will do it. Too many books in the world to waste time on one that isn‘t working. 9mo
Notafraidofwords I bailed on this one too. 9mo
JoyBlue I'm with you—I just bailed around p 79. Oh, well! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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These both books are no favorites of mine in the #ToB2019. But I did like the tagged one when I read it whereas The Mars Room really was a meh read for me. So predictable, I felt like I had read or watched this story a thousand times before. So my vote goes to The Parking Lot Attendant. What about yours?

BkClubCare Mine, too. I enjoyed TPLA ok but didn‘t get to Mars Room so can‘t comment. 10mo
RidgewayGirl I loved The Mars Room. I hoping it moves forward. 10mo
merelybookish I haven't read either so 🤷 10mo
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thebluestocking I didn‘t get to Parking, and I thought Mars was just okay. No pony in this race for me! 10mo
Redwritinghood Didn‘t like The Parking Lot Attendant. Definitely hoping The Mars Room wins this round. 10mo
Rachel_nyc My vote went to Mars Room but I wasn‘t a huge fan of either of them. I expected to like the Parking Lot Attendant more since it started out strong but I thought it fell apart at the end. 10mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I agree on The Parking Lot Attendant. Both are no winners for me! 10mo
Ruthiella I was a big fan of The Mars Room so I‘m glad of the decision. I hope to read more from Tamirat in future though. I particularly thought the dialogue was strong.😀 10mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

Nafkote Tamirat's The Parking Lot Attendant is another book that I wish I'd read to pick up all of the details (rereading for clarification is SO much harder on audio). Anyway, I enjoyed The Parking Lot Attendant for its development of character and the insidious way that the unnamed narrator is drawn into a system that is beyond her capacity. ⠀

New note: after reading some reviews on Goodreads, maybe the things I missed just weren't there?

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one - I found it original and interesting with really lifelike characters. In terms of the other #tob2019 books though, I don‘t think it‘ll end up being a front runner for me just because it didn‘t wow me as much as some other ones. That doesn‘t mean I didn‘t really enjoy it though, I love Bildungsromans like this and the subject matter was really individual.

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Mindyrecycles
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First class dining for #litsypartyofone. 😂 I‘m paying a bit of attention to the game...essentially hate watching the tiresome Patriots. My husband is at a Super Bowl party, unlucky him!

Aims42 Same here! Hubs went to a party and I told him this is the one day of the year I give into my anti-social ness and stay home 🤣 12mo
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cathysaid
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Mehso-so

Second book finished in #24in48 #readathon and I‘m frankly not sure what I‘ve read. The plot made no sense to me, was full of holes, and was completely untenable. I feel as if I‘ve missed something everyone else understands about this book. Oh well, moving on. At least this checks off one of my #popsugarreadingchallenges

Tamra That‘s too bad - seems like mixed reactions to this one. I have it TBR. 12mo
cathysaid @Tamra To be fair, there are some quite well written passages. And the MC has some humorous observations. I think I struggled with the overall plot and storyline. 12mo
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cathysaid
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Ain‘t that the truth?

#24in48

Eggs Truth 12mo
readinginthedark Yessss 12mo
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cathysaid
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My selections for #24in48 Readathon starting tomorrow. Paired with my current favorite red wine. Notice my kindle in the middle of the stack ‘cause you never know...SQUIRREL!!

@24in48

inmegslibrary Love Cooper and Thief! Great pairing 😄 12mo
cathysaid @inmegslibrary Right? I‘m an addict. 12mo
RealLifeReading Nice selections! 12mo
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Bookish.SAM Love the 🍷 pairing... I might need to look into that for my #24in48 weekend! 12mo
cathysaid @RealLifeReading Thanks! All should work for the #popsugarreadingchallenge and the MMD. (edited) 12mo
cathysaid @Bookish.SAM It‘s a red wine blend aged in whiskey barrels. So yummy. 12mo
readordierachel I like the way you think! 12mo
Bookish.SAM Sounds fantastic! I‘m gonna check if our liquor store carries it. 12mo
Suet624 Lonesome dove is 💕💕💕 12mo
Tamra Red blends - yum. 12mo
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shaynarae
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Pickpick

Thanks to @Liberty for mentioning this amazing book on her All the Books podcast as one her favorites from 2018! It otherwise seemed to have slipped under my radar, which is unfortunate because it‘s so good! Definitely the best coming of age story I‘ve read in a long time. #catsoflitsy

Crazeedi Awwww, so adorable! ❤❤❤ 12mo
CoffeeNBooks Cute kitty! 12mo
shaynarae @Crazeedi @CoffeeNBooks Thank you! 😸 12mo
Soubhiville Oooo, thanks for putting it on MY radar! I‘ll look out for it. 💜😻 12mo
shaynarae @Soubhiville Gotta spread the good word. Hope you enjoy! 12mo
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BkClubCare
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So good! Tho, have to admit, I am not sure exactly what is happening on island B_. #dogsoflitsy #oscarassisting #tob

AceOnRoam I quite liked this one, probably not so much the ending.... 12mo
BkClubCare @AceOnRoam - the tone shift was brutal! 12mo
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Ruthiella
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Mehso-so

Part coming of age novel - part thriller this was an odd if interestingly told story of a young woman growing up in Boston the daughter of Ethiopian parents. Her life alters irrevocably when she meet Ayale, an older Ethiopian man who operates a downtown parking lot. #tob2019

thebluestocking Check another one off the #ToB list! Woot! 13mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking Thanks to the early release of the short list I was able to knock off three while off work! 😀 13mo
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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

#ToB2019 8/18

Up until the end I was not sure what to think of this well-written book in which an Ethiopian girl in Boston hangs out with the imposant parking lot attendant Ayale.
Their conversations are cool, their relationship is interesting. Slowly politics start taking over their personal acquintance however.
And then in the end the story suddenly really takes off - the ending did it for me.

(Pic: Skiing piste Chatel, France)

merelybookish This has been low on my #tob pile so I guess I'll bump it up. 13mo
Reggie Man, I wish they gave us more time to read all the long list books before they do the shortlist. 13mo
saresmoore Gorgeous setting! 13mo
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Zelma Wow, great photo. So jealous! 13mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish It‘s good. Not great. 13mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie Yeah me too. The longlist is way better 😉 13mo
Ruthiella I admired parts of this book but I didn‘t quite work as a whole for me. 🤔 13mo
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Kempfme
Pickpick

This is a coming of age story of an Ethiopian girl that hangs out with a parking lot attendant, who gets her involved with a revolution. The writing moves the story along well and the characters are relatable.

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Jason7
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Mehso-so

The Parking Lot Attendant takes awhile to get going, and it never really takes off. This novel is on the Tournament of Books Long List for 2019, and that and the novel‘s description caused me to give it a shot. I can‘t see it beating out any of the other novels on The List, though I‘ve only read a few of the others. The narrator of this audiobook, Bahni Turpin, is fantastic as always. Overall rating: 3.15 stars

BarbaraBB I just bought this one, just because it‘s shortlisted for the ToB... 13mo
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

An odd but captivating little book... It seemed to really pick up pace towards the end, I would have preferred if there was a bit more exposition because I‘m still not sure I have it all figured out? But lovely writing and I surprisingly enjoyed the ending (I don‘t typically go for endings of this kind...)

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janeycanuck
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A gorgeous night for an #audiowalk. I haven‘t been doing well at all with print books during this #boutofbooks but I‘ve had lots of quality time with my audios.

DivineDiana Pretty walking path! 1y
janeycanuck @DivineDiana we have an awesome trail system in our neighbourhood - perfect for walks with an audio book!! 1y
DivineDiana So nice! 👏🏻 1y
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McFarchie
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Just started this 🤘🏼

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SandraG
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Pickpick

Here‘s my library haul for the week!📚I picked up a few large print books and a couple YA titles! The Parking lot Attendant and Jazz Owls are tops on my TBR pile!📚

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BooksForEmpathy
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Again I‘m struggling with picking a book and sticking to it. Nothing is sounding good and I feel like I‘m wasting time!

But I did make myself a beautiful lunch filled with some of my favorite things 🥓🍃🍅🥑🥖.

Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 this one could help with this reading slump!? Any other recommendations!?

DivineDiana Your lunch looks so fresh and yummy! 2y
DreesReads Yummy! I enjoyed this one. 2y
JSW Sometimes I use a slump to reread a favorite. It can help me to remember why I love reading. 😘 2y
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Hollie Yummy! 2y
Nute I hope that book is good, but what I‘m really interested in is YOUR LUNCH.🥗 Wow...it looks delicious! 2y
ReadingEnvy I can‘t help, I bailed on that book, haha 2y
mauveandrosysky I just finished this one and loved it! 2y
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Booksnchill
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My dark and stormy lunchtime tea and library hold haul- the tagged book was a recent @Liberty rave so #BlameItOnLiberty!

rubyslippersreads Lovely teapot and cup! 2y
Booksnchill @rubyslippersreads thanks it‘s a Waterford cup I got on a visit to Cornwall and I treat myself to an after lunch “cuppa” to make the day brighter🇬🇧 2y
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Liberty
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Day 20 of the #Riotgrams Challenge: book you‘ve reread! I rarely used to reread books, except THE SECRET HISTORY, which I have read every year since it came out (26 times now!). But in the last couple years I have found great joy in rereading. I‘ve read MOUNT CHAR 14 times since it was released, and THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT 3 times this year. I imprinted on these books, I love them so, and I find something new I love each time I read them. ❤️📚❤️

CindyMyLifeIsLit I can definitely see finding something new in Char after 14 readings—that book is AMAZING!!! 2y
KarenUK The Secret History is my most re-read too 👍💕 2y
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EKonrad
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Mehso-so

There were definitely things to like about this story of a young girl who becomes enamored with a mysterious man who works as a parking attendant. I loved the characters because of their over-the-top qualities. However, I was disappointed in the ending - it seemed like all of the excitement happened in the very last quarter, and there was very little resolution. I can see this writer's work improving in the future. #arc #poc ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

To be honest, I‘m not exactly sure what happened in this book. Things go from vaguely suspicious to dead serious without much clarity. I was ok with the writing and the story between the father and daughter, but there was just too much left out from the plot for this to be a pick. I kept expecting more of a reveal that never came in the end.

Cinfhen Helpful review, thanks!!! 2y
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Abby2
Mehso-so

I did not really get this book. The characters motivations and actions didn‘t always make sense to me. The writing was great tho.

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EricaReads
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1. My last 2 days of work before getting to rest until baby comes! (And shh there‘s nothing left to do at work so I‘ll be reading!)
2. Donuts but it‘s impossible to get good ones here 😭
3. Tagged. It was so so
4. Being sent home from the hospital because I was not in labour, phew!
5. My newest follower: @MoBee
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

MoBee Thank you 💖 2y
MoBee Work, donuts, no not yet, getting ask on a date.. My answers :-) 2y
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LibrarianChels
Pickpick

This book was evenly paced until the end when it all came to a head. My favorite theme is parental love, which inevitably exists even when a parent appears to be absent. The plot was twisted, but not so strange as to be impossible. And it leaves you with a cliffhanger that makes me want a sequel.

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LibrarianChels
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Did I leave the bar to come do this? Yep. Strange take so far.

rather_be_reading 😂😂 2y
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wistfulthinking
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I try to control myself when shopping for books, so I usually go to a shop with a book already in mind. I spotted these beauties while searching for "The Mothers." It was so hard not to pick these up too! I'm definitely adding these to my TBR list, as the summary of each interested me.

mrozzz I‘m also looking forward to getting my hands on this one! 2y
wistfulthinking @mrozzz Me too! I've heard great reviews so far. 2y
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Mitch
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Congratulations @Wanderingwithwords on your milestone. Theses three are speaking to me at the moment!

#wwwmilestoneGA

Sophoclessweetheart Thank you. Good luck! 2y
SilversReviews CONGRATS!! 2y
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susanw
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I picked this up because @Liberty tweeted she‘s already read this for a second time. I knew nothing else about it going in. And it‘s like nothing else you will read. A book about fathers and daughters. And yet more. A coming of age story. Odd friendships that end badly, and revolutionaries. Beautifully written with touches of humour.
This book deserves much more attention. 5⭐️

Liberty Yessssssssss. 🎉 2y
DivineDiana Love your photo! 2y
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Mitch
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Congratulations @BookaholicNatty - for your milestone, super amounts of fun with your bookish friends.
My top 3 TBR :-
1- The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat - an immigrant story based in an undisclosed island & Boston
2- Brass by Xhenet Aliu - mothers and daughters with alternating POV.
3- The English Wife by Lauren Willig - cross Atlantic historical saga.

#Nattys25KGiveaway

BookaholicNatty Thank you sooo much @Mitch and thanks for entering too!! Adding some of the books you shared to my ever growing TBR list! 😂😂📚❤️ 2y
Mitch I know @BookaholicNatty I promise myself daily I won‘t add - but inevitably I always do! 2y
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DreesReads
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This entire book has a creepy, impending doom feeling. The narrator, an unnamed high school student and Ethiopian immigrant in Boston, is a good student with a college sponsorship. And she is naive and very much an American. The ending surprised me. A good first novel. #arc

Tamra Stacked! 2y
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DreesReads
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Next up for current fiction. I have no idea what to expect from this #arc

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GidgetsTreasures75
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From 1-18-18: #scenesfromabook Parking Place 🚘

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DreesReads
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Book mail! It was extra exciting to get a package that really was for me!

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