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The Book of X
The Book of X | Sarah Rose Etter
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A surreal exploration of one woman's life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men. The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday -- school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents -- with the surreal -- rivers of thighs, men for sale and fields of throats -- Cassie's realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.
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decembersveryown
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About to begin this book which I‘ve been meaning to get to for the longest time!

Calming my heart, taking deep breaths.

Sometimes highly anticipated books do that to you, am I right? 😊🤓

SarahHarts_books So true!! I get very excited when I finally get to sit down and read a book I've been waiting a long to for. It's like Christmas morning! Lol 😆 4mo
decembersveryown @SarahHarts_books haha exactly! What a glorious feeling to behold when talking about books! 😇 4mo
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sakeriver
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‪Surreal, grotesque, gripping—this was a hell of a book. Often I found myself unsure whether I wanted to laugh or cry or both. I have been shaken by this book. Going to need to spend some time thinking about it.‬

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BookAlongBlog
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READ - THIS - BOOK! Seriously if you read anything for the rest of the summer let it be this! I love love loved it so much! It was so different from anything I have read....ever! Such an wonderful, perceptive look at the female experience. The narrative is so powerful and her prose are beautiful. The imagery she creates with her words blew me away. Reminiscent of Carmen Maria Machado, Samantha Schweblin's work.
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ReadingEnvy
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Cassie is born with a knot, just like her mother and grandmother. She enters a world of bullying, inadequate medical care, isolation and boredom. Outside of school her life seems intended for repetition of pain and cleaning the walls with lemons, while her father and brother work in the meat quarry, but her life is vivid with visions that provide some form of escape, although it isn't always positive. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy (It's fascinating to read interviews with the author because she was incredibly isolated in Iceland while writing most of this. The landscape feels unworldly in that way that only Iceland can.)

The cover is striking. When I saw it online I thought it was sunset in a valley, then I realized it's hair and a woman in the center, but now that I've read it I realize it is both and also probably the meat quarry.
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ReadingEnvy The feeling of the novel kept making me think of Kassandra and the Wolf by Margarita Karapanou, mixed with The Yellow Wallpaper. 7mo
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?Coming July 2019?
"Etter brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world, what it means to hurt, to need, to want, so much it consumes everything.”
—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist ?

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