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Salt Slow
Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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'Armfield is an enormous, gut-wrenching talent.' Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under 'salt slow is exemplary. A distinct new gothic, melancholy, powerful and poised.' China Miville, author of The City & The City This collection of short stories is about women and their experiences in society, about bodies and the bodily, mapping the skin and bones of its characters through their experiences of isolation, obsession and love. Throughout the collection, women become insects, men turn to stone, a city becomes insomniac and bodies are picked apart to make up better ones. The mundane worlds of schools and sea side towns are invaded and transformed, creating a landscape which is constantly shifting to hold on to the bodies of its inhabitants. Blending the mythic and the gothic, the collection considers characters in motion - turning away, turning back or simply turning into something new. From Julia Armfield, the winner of The White Review Short Story Prize 2018, Salt Slow is an extraordinary collection of short stories that are sure to dazzle and shock.
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Bibliogeekery
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This collection of short stories is beautifully written and bizarre. Some of the stories are downright creepy and unsettling. They centre on women's bodies in inventive and sometimes unexpected ways. It was thoroughly enjoyable to read! I will definitely come back to it! #queerbooks

RiaWritten My hold for this one just came in at the library. I'm really looking forward to diving in! 6d
BooksForEmpathy Beautiful cover! Wow. 6d
Bibliogeekery @BooksForEmpathy it's quite lovely, isn't it? 6d
Kalalalatja What a cover 😍 6d
Cathythoughts Fab cover 👍🏻❤️ 6d
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Bibliogeekery
Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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Enjoying this creepy, beautiful book! #queerbooks

valeriegeary I love this cover. It looks like a book cake. 🎂😆 2w
EliNeedsMoreShelves Just got this from the library - it sounds fantastic. 2w
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lele1432
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Loved! 4.25⭐️s! Continuing my mini-reviews of each story below & in comments.

Smack: Armfield's strength at writing gross, yet captivating descriptions with a sense of foreboding is on full display here. A woman going through a divorce barricades herself inside the beach house where a smack of jellyfish continuously invade the shore, bursting open.

Cassandra After: A woman is visited by her dead girlfriend in this sad tale of shame & regret.👇🏽

lele1432 Formerly Feral: Could not be a more accurate title! Grotesque, unsettling, and filled with olfactory details that will make you want to shower immediately, this was a strange tale about an unlikely pair of sisters. (edited) 3w
lele1432 Granite: Slightly depressing. A woman ignores unsolicited opinions from other women and chooses between solitude and love on her own terms. 3w
lele1432 Salt Slow: A pregnant woman gives birth while living out at sea with her boyfriend, surrounded by monsters in some post-apocalyptic altered present. Great example of writing that shows rather than tells. 3w
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When the neighbors called to complain about the smell, Miriam told them with great dignity that we were purging ourselves of evil spirits.
“Well I‘m sorry you‘ve had to close your windows, Mrs. Adams, but that‘s the price one pays for catharsis.”

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lele1432
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Finally finishing this one! Some more highlights:

The Collectables: began with an eerie sinister feeling, & ended with a shocking "oh sh*t!"? Lol this was about 3 friends moving on from their boyfriends, while trying to decide what would make the "perfect man." Turns out there's more going on than meets the eye.

Stop your women's ears with wax: explores female fandom of a female band & how their music turned young girls into the fans from hell.

vivastory This collection sounds like a If you like Black Mirror, Read this book 3w
lele1432 @vivastory ha! It's so funny you say that because a friend of mine has said she thinks I'll love Black Mirror! 😂 I need to go ahead and start watching it! 3w
vivastory I think you will. It can be a bit hit & miss, but there's episodes I watched years ago I haven't forgotten. 3w
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lele1432 @vivastory okay I have some time off coming up so I may just binge watch it! 3w
arubabookwoman I love the cover, but unfortunately the book doesn‘t sound like one I‘d like. 3w
lele1432 @arubabookwoman lol! It is not entirely rooted in reality so I would say pass. It's not quite as extreme as Red Birds was lol, but it's kind of out there! Although out of the 9 stories you could possibly find one or two intriguing...😊 3w
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lele1432
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The Great Awake: a strange phenomenon occurs where people's sleep-state removes itself from their bodies, resulting in the owners never being able to sleep. I loved this one. It was surreal, absurd, yet riddled with humor and truths of human nature. Reminiscent of Her Body and Other Parties, Severance, The Need, and Dark Matter all wrapped into one fine-tuned package of fabulism.

#MrBook1InAMillion #24b4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne #readathon

vivastory Sold! 1mo
lele1432 @vivastory 🤗 I'm still working through the other stories but I am so pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it is! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @lele1432 Stacked! The artwork is arresting! 1mo
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lele1432 @Come-read-with-me it's a Google image that I loved but is similar to the author's description of the disembodied sleep-states! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @lele1432 Based on what you described it fits the book beautifully. You chose wisely! 1mo
lele1432 @Come-read-with-me thanks! 😊 1mo
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Mantis is the first in this collection, and it's a visceral story detailing a young woman's ailing skin condition, while highlighting all the ways in which young girls love to hate their bodies. Becoming increasingly grotesque, by the end reality had slipped and I was unsure if this was metaphor or real, but I enjoyed it.

#MrBook1InAMillion #litsypartyofone #24b4monday #readathon

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lele1432
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A little late to the party, but I'm excited about this #readathon! Here are some of my weekend #TBR choices. Currently 2 hrs in and enjoying the tagged collection of ethereal short stories! Also have my #LMPBC choices I may get through for #Round7 #GroupI and #GroupC, and my next #NFNov pick. Need to break out my snacks! 🤗

#MrBook1InAMillion #LitsyPartyofOne #24B4Monday

MrBook Wooo-weeee, you are full up! 😆👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
lele1432 @MrBook haha yep it's the perfect weekend for a readathon! 😂 1mo
jb72 I‘ve been wanting to read 1mo
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lele1432 @jb72 I've put off reading it since it came out! I have an unrepentant sweet toothe lol but I think he gives some valuable information in it. I'll listen to it as I eat my sugary snacks.😂 1mo
Andrew65 Sugar is such a dangerous thing as I have found out recently. 1mo
lele1432 @Andrew65 I believe it! It's going to be such a hard habit for me to kick, but I'm not getting any younger and I at least need to reduce my intake. 😩 1mo
Andrew65 @lele1432 I‘m having to do the same at the moment. July 19th Last date I ate a cake. 😳 (edited) 1mo
lele1432 @Andrew65 wow! Congrats on that!! That's gotta take some willpower lol 1mo
Andrew65 @lele1432 Yes, now trying to reduce my carbohydrates. Necessity is the mother of invention. Those carbohydrates and my liver weren‘t liking each other. 1mo
lele1432 @Andrew65 shoot, I'm sure that's hard but you're right at the end of the day what matters most is your health! No matter how enticing those carbs may be! 😩 1mo
Andrew65 @lele1432 Get really frustrated when food shopping in the supermarket! But as you say health most important! 1mo
lele1432 @Andrew65 I can relate to that! I was making myself sick and destroying my gut for a while after developing a gluten allergy because I didn't want to give up my pastas, breads, and cakes! 😩 Thankfully these days they have more gluten-free options available. 1mo
Clwojick 😃1 pt. And great time so far! Keep it up! 🙌 1mo
lele1432 @Clwojick thanks! 😊 1mo
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Redwritinghood
Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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This was an excellent short story collection focused on women, their relationships, and bodily transformations. Wonderful writing and weird but intelligent stories about how women face society and are impacted by it. Highly recommend. 5⭐️

RachelO And a gorgeous cover to boot! 1mo
Redwritinghood @RachelO Yes! It‘s unfortunate that I only have the ebook. 1mo
Reggie Sounds good! 1mo
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readordierachel Happy birthday! 📚🎉💕 1mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🍷🧁♥️ 1mo
charl08 Love the cover (and felicitations!) 1mo
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thewallflower0707
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Salt Slow is a beautiful series of female centric and mostly queer short stories, with always a touch of mouth-opening fantasy in it. I advise to read only one chapter a day because you want to savour it and the effect of the conclusions is so much better.

#saltslow #shortstory #signed

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thewallflower0707
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My purchases from the Gay‘s the word bookstore, Salt Slow was recommended by it and even signed!

#newbooks #london