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The Ash Family
The Ash Family: A Novel | Molly Dektar
11 posts | 13 read | 19 to read
When a young woman leaves her familyand the civilized worldto join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost, in this lush and searing debut novel. At nineteen, Berie encounters a seductive and mysterious man at a bus station near her home in North Carolina. Shut off from the people around her, she finds herself compelled by his promise of a new life. He ferries her into a place of order and chaos: the Ash Family farm. There, she joins an intentional community living off the fertile land of the mountains, bound together by high ideals and through relationships she cant untangle. Berienow renamed Harmonyrenounces her old life and settles into her new one on the farm. She begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear. Thrilling and profound, The Ash Family explores what we will sacrifice in the search for happiness, and the beautiful and grotesque power of the human spirit as it seeks its ultimate place of belonging.
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DebinHawaii
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#24in48 #readathon
17 hours & some change into the readathon. Still not sure if I'll make it to 24 hours but I am going to try.

Finished Book # 5 & it's a so-so leaning pick.😉The pick for the writing & vivid imagery the author paints about cult life & the compound in the Blue Ridge Mountains with all its ugly beauty & also for the premise. The so-so is for the main character who I just didn't attach to & because I wanted more from the story.🤔

Megabooks You can do it!! 6mo
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DebinHawaii
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#24in#48. #readathon. #24in48readathon
It's about 1:00 AM & I must sleep. I got about half-way through this one, book # 5. I was hoping to get another hour in but there is always tomorrow.
Good night everyone. 😴

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, you did great! Well done!👍🏽 6mo
thecurlybookworm Super impressive! 🎉 6mo
mrp27 Great time! 6mo
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DebinHawaii
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#24in48 #readathon #24in48readathon
On the upper patio of my usual Saturday breakfast place & fueling up for a few errands & plenty reading with avocado toast & cold brew with coconut milk. I'm about to dig into Last Summer so I can finish but I was vetting my next e-book & this library e-book caught my eye the other day. I am a sucker for books fiction & non-fiction centered around cults. 📚🥑🍞☕️😋

UwannaPublishme Your Avocado toast always looks so good. Happy Readathoning! 6mo
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Manoshgirl51
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Belletrist April Pick

This novel may change your life. Okay, maybe I'm a little dramatic, but I learned so much after finishing this story. Berie's journey of arriving at the farm as a prospective member of the community will keep you wanting to read more. As the months grow longer, Berie realizes that everything is not what it seems, and she may have to make a decision that will change who she is forever.

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ReadingEnvy
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A girl is supposed to be heading to college but gets sidetracked by a cultish commune in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville. I read this for the setting since I live an hour south of Asheville and have driven around tiny mountain towns with lots of nooks and crannies, even stumbled on what looked like a commune outside Gerton at one point. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy What I love about this book is how the author captures the internal emotional turmoil of someone who is being brainwashed, it's astounding and unnerving and kept me reading to the end.
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cathysaid You had this North Georgia girl at Blue Ridge Mountains. *insert dramatic sigh* 8mo
Soubhiville Asheville is my favorite town, and I‘ve been to some of those nearby communities! Not cultish religion wise, but kind of cultish when it comes to environmentalism and living off the grid. I want to read this now! Thanks! 8mo
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Amiable I‘ve never been to Asheville but it‘s been on my short list to visit ever since my oldest son spent a weekend there and called me to say “Mom, you have to come here—this place is made for you!” I‘m dying to go now! 8mo
ReadingEnvy @cathysaid it's a beautiful place! I'm just over the border in Greenville! 8mo
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville so this community creates "intentional action" aka small acts of terrorism against corporations... So not just living off the grid, although the main character is not usually included in it, in another weird phase of mental games. 8mo
ReadingEnvy @Amiable Asheville and the surrounding WNC area is so beautiful. And Asheville has good bookstores! 8mo
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TheLibrarian
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Princess kind of approves of my B&N haul. She‘s just probably wondering when I‘m going to stop buying books 😂

Karkar Never Princess...never... 😁 8mo
MySharonaK 😻 8mo
rretzler 😻 8mo
ravenlee Polaris Rising is my favorite book so far this year. I hope you enjoy it! Sequel is due out this fall. 8mo
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valeriegeary
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Eyelit You‘ve prepared yourself for anything 😁 (I‘m going to be at the large branch of the library tomorrow and I‘m already dreading the amount of books I‘m inevitably going to borrow!) 9mo
JennyM Ha!! I love this! #librarylove ♥️📚 9mo
valeriegeary @Eyelit it's half for research, half for fun...I don't think I'll be bored anytime soon, that's for sure. Tag me if you post about your 9mo
valeriegeary @Eyelit 👆 my finger slipped. 😁 Tag me when you post about your stack tomorrow so I don't miss it! 😄 9mo
valeriegeary @JennyM I just can't get enough 😂 9mo
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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an advanced readers copy of this book. I was really excited about this book as the subject of cults fascinates me. Unfortunately this book was lacking. I found I did not care about the characters or the purpose of the cult. I do not think I will remember this book in a few days.

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ReadingisMyPassion
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Bailedbailed

I really dislike writing negative reviews but, with this book, I can‘t see any way around it. I could not finish this book. The cult members and “false world” references completely turned me off. (For me personally, the frequent use of the term “false world” brought to mind “fake news”.) I could not muster up any compassion for the characters in this story. In addition, the writing itself really needed some work.

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mauveandrosysky
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There‘s something inherently fascinating about cult stories. Dektar creates such a vivid setting, atmosphere and mood. There‘s a subtle feeling of ominous tension that she teases out, while simultaneously lending insight into Berie‘s desperate need for belonging. Her ambivalence is what keeps her so interesting as a character: constantly teetering between what she wants to do and what she feels like she ought to do—often confusing the two.

BooksForEmpathy Hiiii! What is going on!? Missing you! 11mo
BarbaraBB Hi! Just checking in. Missing your posts. Hope all is well! 8mo
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