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The Bobcat
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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Haunting and lyrical, The Bobcat is Katherine Forbes Rileys magical debut novel in which Laurelie, a young art student who suffers in the aftermath of a sexual assault, has grown progressively more isolated and fearful. She transfers from her busy city university to a small college in rural Vermont, where she retreats into her vivid imagination, experiencing the world through her art. Most comfortable in the company of the child for whom she babysits, and most at ease in the woods, Laurelie has shunned any connection with her peers. One day, while exploring the woods, she and her young charge encounter an injured pregnant bobcat and the hiker who has been following it for hundreds of miles. In the hiker and his feline companion Laurelie recognizes someone as reclusive and wary as herself. The hiker, too, finds human companionship painful to endure, yet he is drawn to wounded Laurelie the way he is drawn to the bobcat. As Laurelie moves toward recovery and reconnection she also finds her voice as an artist, and a sense of purpose, maybe even a future, comes into sight. Then the child goes missing in the woods, threatening the bobcat, the hiker, and the fragile peace Laurelie has constructed. With the hypnotic intensity of Emily Fridlunds The History of Wolves and Fiona McFarlanes The Night Guest, Riley has created a mesmerizing love story, in lush, gorgeous prose, that examines art, science, and the magic of human chemistry.
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valeriegeary
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I didn't expect this book. I picked it up b/c of the cover. 😍 I don't remember reading the description. I had a vague recollection it was about a girl, a bobcat, nature. It's that + so much more. A girl reeling from trauma, trying to pick up the pieces, encounters a bobcat & a hiker w/his own secrets & her whole life changes. It's a story about healing, connection, love, 2nd chances. And the prose, oh! Delicate, trembling w/life, vibrating color.

britt_brooke Nice review! 2mo
JennyM How can I not stack when you are swooning over the prose! And great photo! 2mo
valeriegeary @JennyM thank you! 🤗 There's a lovely surrealness to it too but I ran out of space 2mo
valeriegeary @JennyM and I just hit send too soon.... 🤦 Anyway. It's a strange and affecting little book and I hope you enjoy it! 😆 2mo
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valeriegeary
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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I'm kicking off my weekend a little early! How was everyone's week? I've been a bit of a homebody, though we did book a vacation to Hawaii next month! 🌴 I also wrote a couple thousand words for a new book project but today find myself very distracted, my brain flighty so I'm clocking out early. Hoping that a long weekend snuggling with books will help me refocus. What are you all up to?

DivineDiana Hawaii! Now there‘s something to look forward to! 3mo
valeriegeary @DivineDiana Aren't you in Hawaii? We're going to Oahu. Any recs for me? 🤗 2mo
DivineDiana Unfortunately, not I. I am outside of Philadelphia. You might be thinking of @DebinHawaii 2mo
valeriegeary @DivineDiana 😳🤦 yes. Thank you. 😂 2mo
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TheLibrarian
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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Day 2 - #7days7covers #coverlove

If you haven‘t played, join in on the fun!

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TheLibrarian
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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My #top6reads so far this year! This was harder than I thought it would be.

What are your top 6 reads of the first half of the year?

Tashreads I also have Daisy Jones on my list. Also The Heart‘s Invisible Furies, Hum If You Don‘t Know The Words, The Doll Factory. 5mo
Avanders Oh yay! I know we‘re getting American Hippo for #LMPBC.. can‘t wait! 5mo
Cinfhen Love to see all the recommendations 5mo
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CouronneDhiver Those bottom three all have pretty similar covers... funny how that works! 5mo
TheLibrarian @CouronneDhiver Good eye! I didn‘t even notice until you pointed it out. 5mo
TheLibrarian @Tashreads I need to check out the others you listed! 5mo
TheLibrarian @Avanders Hope you enjoy it! I might be a little bias since I love hippos 🦛 5mo
TheLibrarian @Cinfhen Me too!! 5mo
Avanders I bet I will ☺️☺️ 5mo
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ReadingEnvy
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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Laurelie is an art student more comfortable on her own, and even more so after experiencing a sexual assault. She relocates to finish college and encounters a hiker who is even more connected to the natural world than she is.

Healing through nature, finding a voice in art, the power of connection.... And just enough strangeness to keep me guessing. I'm still thinking about the end.

ReadingEnvy @Lindy I particularly feel interested in your take on this one! 6mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy It sounds good! I will let you know what I think when/if I read it. 😊 6mo
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TheLibrarian
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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1. The Bobcat was my most recent 5 star read (my cheat way of picking a favorite)
2. Melmoth or Looker
3. Hmmm...let‘s go with Wayward Son
4. Yes, read 65 books and I‘m 23 ahead of schedule
5. Tagging whoever wants to play!

#thursdaysurvey

BiblioLitten Sounds really interesting. 6mo
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Hazel0303
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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This is a special book. There is so much packed into 160 pages that it still has my head spinning. What a beautiful prose and message.

Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2757075555

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TheLibrarian
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May wrap up! Only 9 books read (4 print and 5 NetGally books) but some of them were great!

Favorite: The Bobcat
Least favorite: Melmoth

diananissan3 What is net galley? 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like a great month! 💖📚💖 6mo
TheLibrarian @diananissan3 A place where you can request electronic versions of advanced readers copies for review. https://www.netgalley.com/ 6mo
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diananissan3 Oh wow, thank you! 6mo
akckitty I have to know... How was Melmoth? :) 6mo
TheLibrarian @diananissan3 You‘re welcome! 6mo
TheLibrarian @akckitty I would have bailed on it if it wasn‘t for a postal book club. 6mo
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Hazel0303
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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Almost halfway through this short, debut novel. The writing is INSANE.

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TheLibrarian
The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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A “haunting and lyrical” short novel that packs a punch. This beautifully written debut novel follows Laurelie, an art student, who suffers from the aftermath of a sexual assault. She transfers from a city university to a rural small school in Vermont. Hiding from human connections, she finds a likeness in a hiker following a pregnant bobcat. ❤️

Published 6/5/19

#NetGalley #arc

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