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So Lucky: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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From the author of Hild, a fierce and urgent autobiographical novel about a woman facing down a formidable foe So Lucky is the sharp, surprising new novel by Nicola Griffiththe profoundly personal and emphatically political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in the space of a single week her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Mara Tagarelli is, professionally, the head of a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation; personally, she is a committed martial artist. But her life has turned inside out like a sock. She cant rely on family, her body is letting her down, and friends and colleagues are turning awaythey treat her like a victim. She needs to break that narrative: build her own community, learn new strengths, and fight. But what do you do when you find out that the story youve been told, the story youve told yourself, is not true? How can you fight if you cant trust your body? Who can you rely on if those around you dont have your best interests at heart, and the systems designed to help do more harm than good? Mara makes a decision and acts, but her actions unleash monsters aimed squarely at the heart of her new community. This is fiction from the front lines, incandescent and urgent, a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of Americas treatment of the disabled and chronically ill. But So Lucky also blazes with hope and a ferocious love of self, of the life that becomes possible when we stop believing lies.
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bookwrm526
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This book ripped my heart out and stomped on it a few times before eventually putting it back only a little shattered. It was a quick read, but intense!!

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Readerann
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Using #24in48 to catch up on some #TournamentOfBooks reads. That‘s what I love about the #ToB - discovering some gems like this that I would not otherwise have picked up. I‘m at 5 hr 41 min so far.

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BarbaraBB
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The House of Broken Angels, my favourite, must win today. Obviously 🤞🤞! #ToB2019

Redwritinghood Didn‘t read it yet, but I was lukewarm on So Lucky. 10mo
Rachel_nyc Whew, the beginning of the analysis had me very nervous! I have Angel going to the finals! Not sure it can win against Milkman but I loved both so I‘d love to see them go head to head and won‘t be upset regardless of the outcome. 10mo
merelybookish I read So Lucky and thought the reviewer described the reading experience well! I'm not surprised House won. 10mo
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batsy You're getting these predictions right! 🙌🏽 😁 10mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc @merelybookish @batsy Yes she wasn‘t that enthusiastic about Angels and based on the whole review it could have lost just as easily! 😅 (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood Me too. Are you going to read Angels? 10mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Yes. Thank god for that wonderful ending that clinched it. 10mo
Ruthiella I would have advanced Angels over Lucky too. I enjoyed both but Angels was such a rich and immersive experience. So Lucky was too brief for me. 10mo
thebluestocking I thought So Lucky was okay, but the serial killer subplot really didn‘t work for me. I just finished Angels yesterday on audio. It took me a while to get into it, but I did love the ending! The Angels v. Overstory battle will be an interesting one. 10mo
Redwritinghood @BarbaraBB Some day I‘m sure! 10mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Yeah, that serial killer, strange storyline! Glad you liked Angels. I‘m all for it against Overstory! 10mo
BkClubCare I want to try Angel on audio. 10mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Lots of great #KindleDailyDeals today!

bookandcat I ADORED So Lucky 10mo
Megabooks Thanks for the heads up! 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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This was individual, brave, bleak and odd. A woman whose wife has just moved to another country is diagnosed with MS and considers how to live with it while being tortured by her thoughts about members of her disabled community being attacked. I was impressed by the warmth of the writer‘s style even though the subject was so dark, and I‘m very pleased to see honest books about disabled people telling their own stories.

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Emilymdxn
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Next up for #tob2019

I think this looks bleak and quite frightening but also very original, hopefully it‘ll live up to my expectations

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BkClubCare
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Sending So Lucky to @amyrabbitt because it was sent to me by the generous @thebluestocking !! #payingitforward
I liked it and tbh, it is a visceral uncomfortable reading experience but one I am appreciating more as time goes by and I continue to ask, “Did I *like* this book? Did I?”
It had so much anger, such scary stuff, mind-messing qualities!
#tob #tob2019 #rooster #OscarAssisting #DogsofLitsy (the mc didn‘t like dogs 🐶) #pieinliterature

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BkClubCare
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So lucky! I am so lucky to have friends to chat up books, to exchange books, to share books, to mail books. 😍🥰 Thanks @thebluestocking Jessica! TY card on its way to you tomorrow, which is first day of #LetterMo!

thebluestocking I‘m glad it arrived safely! I‘m so happy to pass it on to a good home. Enjoy! And I love mail! 12mo
BkClubCare Sending another note tomorrow! 10mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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Book 5 complete ✅
An #ownvoices book about the main character losing a lot (wife/job) but learning to adjust to living with a disease where your mind and body can let you down. Such an important book to read to have a different perspective.
#24in48 #24in48ausnz

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Croissants, dogs and books? What more could a girl need?

I started this morning with Book 5 - So Lucky, about Mara who has her wife leave her, a diagnosis of MS and loses her job all in the same week.

#24in48 #24in48ausnz

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cocomass
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My fat stack of slim books for #24in48. I‘m really excited this time around, as I‘ve decided to focus on short books (between 100-200 pages) to keep the variety going. And just in case that‘s not enough I have a few comic book series to catch up on, some short story collections, and two audiobooks I‘m loving. So ready to read all weekend 💕 📚

Mdargusch That‘s my strategy too - I read short books or graphic novels. 12mo
merelybookish Great selection! 12mo
lele1432 That's a really good idea! 12mo
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thebluestocking
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Hey, #tob2019 friends. I bought and read this book and would now love to pass it on to one of you who doesn‘t have access to it. #tob

(Or, I‘m still looking for The Parking Lot Attendant, The House of Broken Angels, and The Golden State, if anyone wants to trade.)

BkClubCare Me? And if Barnes and Noble has the Golden State book, I will send it to you. 12mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Absolutely. You definitely do not need to buy me a book. I‘m thrilled to pass this on! I think I may have it somewhere from blogging history past, but will you shoot me your address? My gmail is thebluestockingsociety. 12mo
BkClubCare Received!! 12mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Yay! I‘m glad you got it. I look forward to seeing what you think about it. 12mo
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Redwritinghood
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The MC is hit with multiple major setbacks at practically the same time - her wife leaves her, she is diagnosed with MS, and loses her job. The MC is understandably very angry, and a lot of the book is devoted to how she channels that anger. There are also some strange supernatural elements to the story. Ultimately, though, I did not appreciate some of the language used to describe the disabled or the helpless portrayal of people with MS. 3⭐️ #TOB

BarbaraBB Not my favorite either for the Rooster 🐓 12mo
Redwritinghood @BarbaraBB So far, my TOB reading has been pretty underwhelming. Nothing has really stood out for me so far. 12mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood Me too, so far I have no real favorite but I do have some that I really don‘t want to win. 12mo
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bookandcat
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Book 7 packed a WALLOP. 5 🌟 for how much it affected me, though I thought that the ending was not as strong as the rest of the book (it felt like it was reaching for plot and to resolve this plot rather than remaining in the visceral). The protagonist is diagnosed with MS and the book covers her transition to an identity as someone with a disability and the changes in her body and how people around her see her. It is based on the author.

bookandcat #LitsyAtoZ (G for Griffith), #readingwomenchallenge (borrowed in 2019), #tob #tournamentofbooks 2019 pick, #popsugarreadingchallenge (advanced prompt - no chapters) 12mo
bookandcat Forgot to mention this is also an #ownvoices book! 12mo
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thebluestocking
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I got this in the mail yesterday and promptly sat down and read it cover to cover. The book opens with Mara in a tough week: among other things, she is diagnosed with MS, loses her job, and is headed toward divorce. I enjoyed the exploration of the loss and anger that comes with illness and from how people treat the sick. The “thriller” aspect didn‘t really work for me, but I loved the writing. I‘m excited to see how the #tob treats it. #tob2019

cathysaid Sounds great. #ToB2019 is my go to list right now for library books. (edited) 12mo
thebluestocking @cathysaid Me too! It‘s such a fun time of year. 12mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg I'm gonna sound so ignorant and I feel so stupid for asking this, but what's #tob? 12mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz No worries at all! It‘s the Tournament of Books, a super-cool March Madness-style tournament where books face off. It‘s done by themorningnews.org. 12mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking ohhhh! Got it! Thank you! ❤️ 12mo
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AutumnRLS
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More Christmas books I bought myself.

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Kempfme
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This was an interesting look into the life of someone that has just found out that she has MS. The writing was brilliant despite the brevity of the story. The character's were so relatable and there was really emotion that moved the story along smoothly.

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RealBooks4ever
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I‘m glad I read this. We all need to focus and really listen to stories of all kinds of societies to make this a better world and this story reminded me to keep looking disabled people in the eye and smile.

thebluestocking This is high on my ToB priority list! 12mo
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AceOnRoam
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I've been reading my little heart out and on the final day of 2018 I'm reading one from the #tob2019 shortlist So Lucky by Nicola Griffith. Will this be my last book of the year? I hope not, I have a long day ahead yet!

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid #24B42019

Andrew65 Good luck for those last reads in 2018. I‘ve got 3 or 4 I hope to finish during 31st! 13mo
AceOnRoam @Andrew65 3 or 4 books in a day - Amazing. 13mo
Andrew65 @AceOnRoam Three are very close to finishing, and the other is around half way (that‘s the one I‘m not sure I will finish). 13mo
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AceOnRoam @Andrew65 Good luck Andrew and have a Happy New Year! 13mo
Andrew65 @AceOnRoam You too, best wishes for a great 2019. 🍾🥂🥳 13mo
thebluestocking So Lucky is the one I‘m currently the most intrigued by on the ToB list. I hope you like it. Happy New Year! 🎉 13mo
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So Lucky was an interesting listen for me. I really liked the focus on Mara's MS diagnosis and her journey toward advocacy. I've realized that this probably would have been clearer (again, for me) if I had read with my eyes instead of my ears--the surreal elements were tougher for me to follow (because I'm not a great audiobook listener). I'm not sure how this will do in the Tournament of Books, but it was certainly compelling!

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BarbaraBB
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#ToB2019 7/18

How to deal with a sudden diagnose of MS when you‘re young and strong and dealing with a broken heart? Nicola Griffith tells about the first year after she got diagnosed with MS. The anger, the fighting, the despair and the loneliness. The book reads like a journal, distant and very intimate at the same time. She‘s so tough but she can‘t fight this disease all by herself 💔. A decent read for the ToB

(Pic: Lake Geneva, Switzerland)

Lindy Enjoy your holiday! 13mo
CouronneDhiver Stacked! 13mo
Leftcoastzen I really liked it. 13mo
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Tanisha_A Lake Geneva! Have such fond memories from the trip back in October this year! ☺️ 13mo
youneverarrived Switzerland is so beautiful 💙 13mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen I liked your review of it! 13mo
Kalalalatja That view 😍😍 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I thought it was going to be a lot more speculative than it actually was. It's mostly a realist, visceral tale of a woman's first year after being diagnosed with MS. I loved how full of anger she was--at having MS, at the casually ableist world she abruptly collides with, at violence against people with disabilities and/or women--and how Griffith wasn't concerned with making her likable. Her relationships with the women in her life felt very real.

RanaElizabeth Love this book so much, such a great look at disability and sickness. 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Working at a library is so bad for working on reading the books you already own! But I am nevertheless excited about this one. I've been meaning to read Nicola Griffith for years. #QueerBooks

Bookzombie I don‘t even work at a library and it‘s bad for reading the books I own. 🙂 13mo
Ruthiella I‘ve had her book Hild on my TBR for forever! 😀 13mo
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Leftcoastzen
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This short autobiographical novel shows how someone with many challenges coming at her all at once can shift gears and still have positive things in her life.Sharp writing and insight on how many begin to judge you by your illness or disability rather than seeing the whole person.

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Leftcoastzen
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I‘m only a few pages in to this book.Mara is a successful woman , runs a major AIDS foundation,but in rapid succession,her wife leaves her, her closest friend must fly to New Zealand to continue her post doc work,and Mara is diagnosed with MS.Mara is very capable and I have the feeling #shewill be able to fight to make the best of what life has handed her. #NoFemmeber

Melissa_J I think this book is closely modeled after Griffith‘s own life. (edited) 1y
Billypar I like it when novels zero in on a moment in a character's life where a bunch of things go wrong at the same time and you witness how they fight through the bleak circumstances. 1y
Leftcoastzen @Billypar I‘m almost done ,that is what it‘s like.very good. 1y
Cinfhen Sounds depressing as hell 😫 1y
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mreads
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The novel So Lucky describes the autobiographical experience of highly able-bodied woman receiving a MS diagnosis and through what could be compared to the seven stages of grief. There is a thriller side plot that could have been left out IMO.

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MadCatRamble
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Nicola Griffith did something powerful in So Lucky. She allowed a queer woman with a history of trauma spend most of her novel bitter and deeply angry. Mara‘s anger is ugly and frustrated and justified, and Griffith allows it to play out against a tense and emotionally isolated backdrop. While I can‘t say I “enjoyed” it, I was deeply compelled and, though it became a bit ham fisted towards the end, impressed by its taut elegance.

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Lindy
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If you enjoy Lisa Genova‘s novels that explore what it‘s like to live with debilitating medical conditions, check out Nicola Griffith‘s So Lucky. 👍

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Lindy
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I was blown away by the emotional impact of this short, sharp autobiographical novel about a lesbian dealing with newly-diagnosed MS. I could identify with the MC‘s bitterness & rage at suddenly finding herself weak & dependant upon others. The thriller subplot is a bonus. #Audiobook (5 hours) narrated by the author. #LGBTQ

julesG Oh, I should get the audiobook. 2y
Lindy @julesG 👍😁 2y
emtobiasz Another of her novels has been on my TBR forever: 2y
Lindy @emtobiasz Hild is really good too. Long and immersive in an earlier world. 2y
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Lindy
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Cursory research showed it was a repurposed German psoriasis drug, which itself was a repurposed furniture fumigant. [...]

The neurologist took me off Rebif and put me on Tecfidera, an oral drug that cost $66,000 a year.

[internet photo]

Rcoco Unreal. Is this in the US? 2y
Lindy @Rcoco Yes. Author has MS and this is an autobiographical novel set in USA. 2y
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Lindy
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I was listening to Griffith narrate her own #audiobook while gardening today and look what I found hidden in a cinquefoil shrub. I‘m so lucky!

TheBookKeepers That‘s so cool!!! 2y
Jennick2004 Oh beautiful. Robins right? 2y
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Lindy @Jennick2004 No. It‘s a sparrow nest. You can‘t really see the scale from the photo; they are tiny eggs. 2y
Alfoster Oh, love bird nests!😍😍 2y
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DGRachel
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I am not sure how to rate this. It was a quick read, but the author used the word cripple or some form of it on nearly every page and it really got under my skin. I get the anger the MC feels because of her MS diagnosis, but I wouldn‘t stomach a book that used “retard” or the n-word this much, either. The mystery plot wrapped up too neatly and almost seemed out of place. Overall, just an odd, angry book that I think could have been more.

Aimeesue Cripple? Ewww. Though I guess people can refer to *themselves* any way they want. Odd, angry seeming choice, though. 2y
DGRachel @Aimeesue It really bothered me, especially because she used it so much. I understand the author wanted to convey the MC‘s anger as she struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis, and I admired the MC‘s determination to not be a victim, but I just can‘t get past that language. This had great potential, but I think the important message gets lost in the anger. 2y
Aimeesue It's an interesting choice. Maybe that's the point, though? Than when you're diagnosed with a progressive, disability causing illness, that's all most people see about you at first glance? It is a problem. Less so these days, but it still happens. Hmmmmm. 2y
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sloanghost Some physically disabled ppl reclaim cripple and crip (check out the cripple punk movement) but it's always kind of a complicated issue when a disabled character from a non disabled author does...I tend to fall on your side which is to say that word doesn't belong in her mouth. 2y
DGRachel @sloanghost This is an #ownvoices novel, as Nicola Griffith has MS, but it still makes my teeth clench. I don‘t like reading novels where characters use racist language, even when they are written by people of color. I think I see the point and what the author is trying to convey, I just wish she‘d expressed the anger differently. Maybe because my grandfather and uncle both died from complications of MS, this is more sensitive to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
sloanghost I think #ownvoices skews it for me a bit. I can see how it's uncomfortable to read, but that's generally the point. So it kinda becomes "do I want to read a book that's deliberately making me uncomfortable", which imho is a thing to do with care and deliberation. And having a personal history with the illness featured of COURSE would swing it too in your case. 2y
sloanghost But like as a white person racist language used by authors of color is none of my business unless it's like actively perpetuating bigotry against another race (as opposed to a reclamation, linguistic challenge, emphasis, etc). And I know enough crips personally to feel the validity of using that language to various purposes (though I don't personally ID as crip myself). 2y
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DGRachel
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Another Saturday, another mini #libraryhaul. 😊 Now I just have to find the time to read all the library books. 🤪

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ablachly
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I‘m not entirely sure yet how I feel about this book. It‘s well written, and reads almost more like a memoir than a novel at times. It‘s successful in conveying the anger and fear that accompany the narrator‘s MS, and I WANT to like it but I think it just doesn‘t have enough of a plot, and the mystery piece seems out of place.

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Booksnchill
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I cannot do better than this from the blurb “a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of the experience of being disabled and chronically ill in America” . Under 200 pages and own voices with LGBTQ character diagnosed with MS and learning how to find herself and fight being “less”. Highly recommended and fulfills reads for chronic illness and pride month. 4⭐️

Cinfhen @julesG I think u were looking for books about MS 2y
julesG Thanks! 2y
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Booksnchill
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Next up reading for Gay Pride Month

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Jeg
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I‘m still not too sure how I‘m feeling about this book. For me it really fell flat. Also for me it was the first time I‘ve read a book that seemed to be so angry. I don‘t cope well with anger in others and situations in real life but this is the first time I‘ve encountered it in a book and it was uncomfortable , the same as in real life.
A good insight into MS and trying to navigate the system. @MrsMalaprop
Liked her other writing more.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Griffith, herself a sufferer of MS, has put together a short novel that reads like a memoir. The narrative takes the reader deep into the experience of being an MS patient. But, I felt that the potential for an intriguing mystery or a romance were both abandoned and, it fell flat without some narrative purpose. #netgalley #netgalleyTBRattack

Clwojick 🙌🙌 thanks for the review! I was thinking about requesting this one, but I think I have too many on my plate already if it‘s a so-so 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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hissingpotatoes I love Nicola Griffith! 2y
Clwojick 🙌🙌🙌 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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A feisty, personal novel about MS and the importance of building community. Out May 15.

Coleen I like the cover! 2y
ReadingEnvy @Coleen yeah it's cool and relates to something in the book in a small way 2y
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Liberty
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SO LUCKY INDEED! 🔥🖤🔥

Lindy What! Griffith has a new one? 😍 2y
Liberty @Lindy May 15! 2y
Lindy @Liberty Thanks 2y
Alfrazier21 Ooo I like this cover!! 2y
MasteMind The cover is so mesmerizing! 2y
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