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Telephone
Telephone | Percival Everett
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An astonishing new novel of loss and grief from "one of our culture's preeminent novelists" (Los Angeles Times)Zach Wells is a perpetually dissatisfied geologist-slash-paleobiologist. Expert in a very narrow area--the geological history of a cave forty-four meters above the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon--he is a laconic man who plays chess with his daughter, trades puns with his wife while she does yoga, and dodges committee work at the college where he teaches.After a field trip to the desert yields nothing more than a colleague with a tenure problem and a student with an unwelcome crush on him, Wells returns home to find his world crumbling. His daughter has lost her edge at chess, she has developed mysterious eye problems, and her memory has lost its grasp. Powerless in the face of his daughter's slow deterioration, he finds a mysterious note asking for help tucked into the pocket of a jacket he's ordered off eBay. Desperate for someone to save, he sets off to New Mexico in secret on a quixotic rescue mission.A deeply affecting story about the lengths to which loss and grief will drive us, Telephone is a Percival Everett novel we should have seen coming all along, one that will shake you to the core as it asks questions about the power of narrative to save.
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CSeydel
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Happy birthday @wanderinglynn !! And congratulations on your 300K, what an accomplishment 😃

#300Kbirthdaygiveaway

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 3w
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lele1432
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Eeeek!! I am SO excited about my #FallingForFallSwap box, thank you @rsteve388!! These are the perfect books that I‘ve had my eye on!! I‘m going to make some of the coffee in the morning before my meeting, the bookmark and magnet are awesome, and I‘ve never seen page pointers before but I love them already! Litsy friends find the coolest gadgets! Thank you for sharing a bit of Denver with the comfy socks that I will wear tonight! 💃🏽 #FFFS

rsteve388 I am glad you like it. 4mo
Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 love those socks!! 4mo
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Zoes_Human
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Exquisitely, painfully, beautifully sad. A story of grief and helplessness and finding our power where we can even when we can't find it where we want. Utterly gorgeous prose.

See Spoiler comment below for Content Advisory.

Zoes_Human CONTENT ADVISORY child disease and death, dementia 7mo
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Zoes_Human
Telephone | Percival Everett
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“Then it occurred to me that I was looking to simply blame some body for some thing, which was slightly different from blaming somebody for something.”

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Zoes_Human
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“There are many things that no one knows, which is comforting, up to a point.”

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Qpri
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Mehso-so

Beautiful pieces of writing… but poorly strung together.
I‘d try another book by Percival Everett, so pls feel free to drop recommendations in the comments 😬

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cdreincarnate
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Mehso-so

A sad and frustrating book with an unsatisfying ending.

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Elias1
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Pickpick

Perfect!

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cdreincarnate
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Ah, Sundays ☕️📖🌿🌞

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Pinta
Telephone | Percival Everett
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“Selfishly, I saw my world as illusory, fragile, existing only because others allowed it to exist. I realized that I was ever awaiting such a moment of loss, that I was in fact daily resigned to death but had never resigned to life.”

Parental anxiety.

Protagonist Zach is indeed selfish but questioning, attempts a selfless grand gesture (or dreams it?).

Some great language play, even silly phrases like ”pack rat middens,” fun on the tongue.

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Pinta
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Percival Everett plays w/ form again, this time w/ three different possible endings & interstitial passages relating to art, geology, chess—like blips of character‘s interior monologue. Curmudgeonly prof Zach Wells fiercely loves his daughter who is dying of genetic neurological disease. Other female characters mostly stereotypes. Wells‘ pain & helplessness=precisely rendered, crushing. The inwardness of grief, guilt. Odd plot, but memorable. 2020

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kwmg40
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Loved this book from the #TournamentOfBooks, even though the ending (one of 3, apparently) was unexpected and abrupt. #tob21

I‘m finishing off this month‘s #20in4 readathon with a total of 13 hours and 40 minutes. Not as much as I hoped, but I did finish a few books! Thanks to @Andrew65 for the encouragement!

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳🎉😊 2y
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sarahbarnes
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So glad I‘m finally reading this book! 😊 ☀️

BarbaraBB Hope you‘ll enjoy it 🤍 2y
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I really love it! 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one too ❤️👍🏻 2y
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vivastory Hope that you're doing well! 2y
sarahbarnes Thank you @vivastory! I definitely feel like I‘ve hit a wall lately. But spring is here and I finally got a vax appointment. So things are looking up. 😃 Hope you‘re doing well! 2y
vivastory Happy to hear about the vaccine appointment! 👏👏I understand about hitting a wall. I hear you about spring. It seems like the weather here can't make up it's mind. 2y
sarahbarnes @vivastory so true about the weather! We‘ve had some nice days but next week more snow. It‘s par for the course this time of year here, too. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Percival Everett wrote and published three versions of this novel. Such an interesting idea. I enjoyed my version ... but now I want to read the other two! 😫

BarbaraBB If you scroll to @Cinfhen ‘s review of the book we‘ve discussed all three endings in the comments below it. (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts Three endings !! Oh no 🤦🏼‍♀️, I want to read this one , didn‘t realize this little detail 2y
Well-ReadNeck @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘ll check that out! 2y
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Readerann
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I did like this, but it left me wanting...something. #ToB

BkClubCare Great discussion in the Tournament of Books. Look for The Morning News links. 😊📚 2y
Readerann @BkClubCare Yes, now that I‘ve finished I definitely want to read the ToB discussion! 2y
BarbaraBB If you scroll to @Cinfhen ‘s review of the book we‘ve discussed all three endings in the comments below it. 2y
Readerann @BarbaraBB Thank you! I was wondering how to find out what the other endings were. 🙏 2y
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BarbaraBB
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This is the #ToB21 at its best again, always surprising! The judge prefers Telephone over Shuggie Bain! In our #LitsyToB21 Shuggie is the winner, although some of us will be happy to see Telephone at least make it to the next round of the official Tournament: @vivastory @BkClubCare @Hooked_on_books and I voted for Percival Everett.

BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books You have a perfect bracket so far! 👌🏽 2y
Cinfhen I‘m really surprised by the judges pick but after reading her verdict/ I totally agree!! I‘m excited to see Telephone advance in the “real” #ToB but kind of excited to see how our version will go. Good stuff 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo @Hooked_on_books 🥳🥳🥳 2y
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I agree, she is so weight when pointing out that reading Shuggie once is ‘more than enough‘ while she can imagine reading Telephone again and keep discovering new things. I‘s sorry to see it go in our #LitsyToB21. I didn‘t even Zombie it! 2y
BarbaraBB Also I had to laugh out loud when someone in the comments came up with the term ‘misery-porn‘ in describing Shuggie. Exactly the word I had been looking for. (edited) 2y
Ruthiella I love it when there are upsets like this in the Tournament ! 😀 2y
vivastory I think that overall SB is a better book in some ways, but when you have won the MB you don't need anymore recognition. I definitely agree that I would probably never reread SB whereas Telephone really tempts me with the different outcomes. It's really in a way the perfect book club book. I really appreciated the adventurous spirit of Everett, even if it didn't always work out 2y
Megabooks I meant to change my vote to telephone. I continue to reflect on telephone in a way I don‘t with SB. 2y
BkClubCare Yes, I appreciate the judge‘s criteria for best book for a reread: Telephone all the way! It was “challenging” on many different levels. SB was challenging just to endure. 2y
Megabooks And yes, SB is definitely misery porn!! 2y
Kalalalatja I have a serious case of FOMO with Telephone, I really need to find it as an audio somewhere! 2y
Readerann Misery porn! Ha ha. I have Shuggie Bain on my desk so I will read it, but I‘m halfway through Telephone and liking it a lot. I‘m definitely not sorry to see it move on. And yay, @Hooked_on_books! 2y
Well-ReadNeck I have to admit, I haven‘t read Telephone, but after this verdict I‘ll definitely read (one version?!) of it before the next round!!!! 2y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Well-ReadNeck I hope you‘ll like it as much as I did when you get to it! 2y
Cathythoughts I must stack Telephone then 2y
sarahbarnes I‘m irrationally happy about this verdict given that I haven‘t read either one. 😂 But I was very biased toward Telephone and really need to get my hands on it soon! 2y
Hooked_on_books Really??? That‘s cool! I just went for my own preferences and actually would have filled it out differently if I was trying to guess what I thought the judges would pick. Apparently I should trust my own judgment! 😂 Thanks Barbara, @Cinfhen and @Readerann ! 🥳 2y
cariashley Wow, really surprised at this one but the judgment was spot on! I fell hard for Shuggie, but would never want to reread it - too painful. Telephone was so unique and while it went over my head a bit, it definitely made me think, so I get it. This really is quite the TOB this year, I‘m loving it. 2y
BarbaraBB @cariashley I love it because it is always unconventional! Like the judge says: Who am I to decide about the Booker winner? And yet she does 👌🏽 2y
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts You must, you‘ve loved Shuggie so much. Keep the judge‘s reasoning in mind though, the books couldn‘t be more different. 2y
kwmg40 Both these books are among the 5 I've not finished yet. I hope that I'll be able to finish at least one of them before the tournament is over. They both sound worthy, and it's nice that they'll both advance, one in the official ToB and one in our parallel ToB. 2y
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 I hope you‘ll get to Telephone 😉 2y
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vivastory
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“What if we just walked forever?“ I said.
Sarah turned to look at me.
“What if we never went back to our hotel or back home?“ I stepped forward to hold her hand. “What if we simply walked and walked forever?“
“To the horizon,“ Sarah said.“ “That would be perfect.“
The snow fell a little harder.

Forty-two year old professor of geology & paleobiology & family man, Zach Wells, is our narrator in Everett's latest novel. At the beginning of👇

vivastory Telephone Everett comes across as painfully honest & direct with his colleagues & students, causing minor tensions in his professional life. The real drama is when he discovers a mysterious note inside of a pre-owned jacket that he has purchased off of ebay. At the same time, his beloved daughter Sarah is beginning to have seizures & her vision is starting to fail. I found Telephone to be uneven. There are certain aspects that frankly just 2y
vivastory didn't work for me, esp a very dramatic scene in Paris. At times Telephone seemed to have a lot of moving parts & I'm amazed that Everett managed to resolve all of them in 200 pages. However, I loved the portrait of the relationship between Zach & Sarah. The way Everett portrayed the emotional devastation was memorable & as controversial as the three different endings might be, it felt like an enactment of the loss of memory that occurs during (edited) 2y
vivastory the story. This was my first Everett, it def. won't be my last. #tob21
Link to NY Times Article that speaks about the different endings. Includes images of 3 different covers:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/books/percival-everett-telephone.html
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Megabooks What was your ending??? We‘ve all been comparing. 2y
vivastory @Megabooks In my ending Zach makes it to the border with the women, waves to the Mexican detective & it ends with him talking about how he saw the bear 🐻. I admit, for a second it made me think that maybe his rescue was a dream. Dreams played an important part in Telephone & the rescue itself involving a group of poets (when his wife is a poet) seemed to have the logic of dreams. I don't think it was, but I can see someone making a case that 👇 2y
vivastory @Megabooks he dreamt the entire rescue as he sat by his daughters side as she was dying. What was your ending? 2y
Ruthiella In my version, he has to stop at an Urgent Care because one of the rescued women is bleeding from a gunshot wound. He also mercy kills his daughter in mine. I like your idea that the rescue is a dream. For sure the novel is about our helplessness as humans and how it pains us. Fantasies of how we might have done differently helps us work through trauma. 2y
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BkClubCare
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Second to last of my remaining #TOB21 books (not counting play-in round). I have Tender is the Flesh on order. #DogsofLitsy #EstherAssisting

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vivastory
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Thanks for the tag @truthinfiction
1) It's going to be a busy week at work, but I do plan on wrapping up the #tob21 shortlist with the tagged book & Breasts & Eggs.
2) Not at the moment. I've been thinking about adopting a cat.
3) Probably 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Several of my favorites could keep me company.
@Cupcake12 #MotivationalMonday
I'm a day late, but if you haven't posted yet, I tag you.

Cupcake12 Thank you for playing x 2y
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Cinfhen
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F@CK!!! That ending 😡😩!!!Total #PetPeeve I can‘t stand #UnfinishedBusiness Damn!!! Not sure what to say/ loved this book until the author pulled that crap 😭 #ToB21 Its a pick with reservations

Caroline2 Arghhhhhhh!!!! I HATE that!!! 😠 2y
Cinfhen Me too!! Im still pissed @Caroline2 3 hours later 😆 2y
BarbaraBB You‘re so right! The ending didn‘t live up to the rest of the book. I was pissed too. 2y
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Cinfhen Im JUST NOW remembering this book was written with three different endings!!! If you‘ve read the book please share your ending below 👇🏽 2y
Cinfhen Which ending did u get @BarbaraBB 2y
Megabooks Yeah my ending dropped it to a so-so. 2y
Cinfhen Did your book end with Zach showing up at an urgent care clinic @Megabooks @BarbaraBB before getting to Mexico?? (edited) 2y
Ruthiella I think the ending is the same in all three versions. The differences are more subtle and are in various places in the book. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Hmmm @Ruthiella it‘s a cool idea but a little frustrating/ have u read this one?? 2y
Ruthiella Yeah. I read the same version as you, judging by the cover you showed. Barbara has a different version, I remember. I loved So Much Blue by Everett but was a little nonplussed by Telephone. 2y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Ruthiella @Cinfhen I have a different edition but as far as I remember the ending is the same. I read some articles about it. I enjoyed this book a lot but you are right Ruthiella about 2y
Cinfhen The difference in the cover @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB is which direction the top compass is pointing/ it‘s very subtle and I had to really stare at each cover intently to see the difference. So perhaps the differences are just as subtle within the story. I‘ll have to read the book you both mentioned 2y
cariashley I read the same version and also didn‘t like the ending - I kept flipping back and forth from that page to the acknowledgments saying what?!!? That‘s it?? I‘ve seen rave reviews about one of the other versions 😒 2y
Cinfhen I feel jipped @cariashley I‘m dying to know the other versions 2y
BkClubCare Oh dear 2y
Cinfhen I need to check out a bookstore @BkClubCare and see if I can find the other endings 😉 2y
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - yes! I will try to remember to do this when my next book order arrives. 🤩 2y
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - just finished! I ... need to know how yours ended. ❓ 🧐 2y
Cinfhen @BkClubCare he gets the women into the bus but before he can cross the boarder the one who‘s been shot is in terrible shape so he stops at an urgent care and walks her in. 2y
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - testing, is the poisonous ☠️ invoke spoiler mode? 2y
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - yay! It does. So cool. OK. Whoa!!! I can see why that would be a exasperating. In mine, he makes it across the bridge and waves at the Mexican cop. I thought it a fine ending. I released a breathe I hadn‘t realized I was holding. The last page was odd. Titled “Rain”, the scene is looking out the window of their house, at their CA mountain scenery. But it‘s not raining. Approximately one paragraph. I assumed (?!) he made it home. 2y
Cinfhen Whoa! That‘s sooooooo cool....you had a different ending @BkClubCare I‘m tagging the others, who shared my ending.... by the way, what does that mean??? Rain, but it‘s not raining?! You‘re ending is so much more satisfying 😀 @cariashley @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Megabooks check out the above spoiler tag from @BkClubCare 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I had @BkClubCare ‘s ending, but I will have to double check when I get home! (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @cariashley @Ruthiella @Megabooks In mine he sees the Mexican cop at last, who talks to the border police and waves the women into their country. He stays behind, watching them and he remembers having seen a bear (last sentence)! (edited) 2y
Ruthiella @BkClubCare @BarbaraBB @cariashley @Megabooks @Cinfhen SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT ENDINGS? I like the other two better than mine and Cindy‘s. I would love to see the other version of the books, but don‘t want to buy them. But my library has no copy (yet at least). 2y
Cinfhen That is SO CRAZZZY @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @BkClubCare @cariashley @Megabooks I wonder what the bear signifies??? And the rain???? What was the author trying to tell us!?!??? 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @cariashley @Ruthiella Mine is the one where she makes it across the bridge to the cop and they nod at each other. Then the last chapter is called Rain. It is raining AND they are looking for bears. @Cinfhen can you go into more detail about yours?? (edited) 2y
Cinfhen My book has him rescuing the girls @Megabooks but one gets shot while they are trying to flee, as he‘s driving the bus towards Mexico the women is getting weaker. He calls the cop to say he‘s going to be later than he hoped then he pulls up to an urgent care and enters with the women. That‘s literally how it ends. Am I right @Ruthiella The nurse at urgent care asks women‘s occupation and he states slave. I think that‘s the last line 2y
Cinfhen Actually the last line is “I looked across the parking lot. It was raining again.” @Megabooks 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen fuck! That‘s terrible!!! I‘d be so pissed if I had that ending!! Your anger is justified!!! I much prefer bears and rain. Didn‘t know how good I had it. 😂 2y
Megabooks What is his hard on for rain? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Ruthiella @Megabooks @Cinfhen Yes. But also interesting to note, it‘s raining too! Last line, “The clerk stared at me. I looked away, out the window, at the parking lot, at the moving cars. It was raining again.” 2y
Cinfhen I‘m not sure I get the rain reference at all??? Do you @Ruthiella @Megabooks @BkClubCare @BarbaraBB (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks @BkClubCare @Ruthiella I don‘t have the rain reference. Just the bear which I don‘t get at all. But I am happy with the bear in relation to your ending Cindy. That really sucks. 2y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @BkClubCare @Megabooks Well, it could symbolize tears/sadness. Or maybe rejuvenation. But also sometimes a pipe is just a pipe. 🤔 2y
BkClubCare @Megabooks - right? I really enjoyed this but what really is the point of different endings? (And if it is to have a small group of dedicated readers have THIS discussion - I am good with that 🤣) 2y
BkClubCare Bears signify a challenge that you must deal with (in dreams) and rain can symbolize sadness. 2y
BkClubCare When Zach sees the bear at the care facility but his daughter cannot see/process the bear and share in the experience of seeing the bear, Zach realizes (or wants) it just to be over. It is a challenge to keep “living”. 2y
BkClubCare Rain: the Rain title but no rain in the scene (but looking for rain AND BEARS?) means that “Life” is learning to deal with and realizing that life will always have rain and bears. Maybe? 2y
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I think you‘re on to something with these explanations, they are quite plausible. Like you I‘m not sure what Everett wanted to accomplish with these different endings, but I like this discussion! One more question: why the title Telephone?? @Megabooks @Ruthiella @Cinfhen (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I think the title Telephone signifies that children‘s game where you whisper a secret in someone‘s ear and it‘s then passed down a line each person whispering what they thought they heard until the last person repeats the “secret” out loud. The object is to see if words get changed in the process. So perhaps the point of the novel and the multiple endings is to see how/where things can get muddled or become lost @BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @Ruthiella 2y
Cinfhen See above @Megabooks ♥️ 2y
Cinfhen I love your ideas @BkClubCare @Ruthiella about bears and rain ~ I had forgotten his daughter‘s inability to see the bear @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 2y
Cinfhen When Zach leaves to rescue the women it seems to indicate his daughter is still alive but she doesn‘t recognize her parents any longer / right?? See, im forgetting already!!@BkClubCare @Megabooks @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB 2y
Megabooks First, y‘all remember a lot more than I do! This is 60 books ago to me. 😂 Second I think both @BkClubCare and @Cinfhen are on to something with the symbolism and title!! I had not though about that with the title, Cindy!! 👍🏻 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 2y
Cinfhen I‘d love a sit down with the author @Megabooks @Ruthiella @BkClubCare @BarbaraBB there‘s a lot going on in this slim little book 2y
BarbaraBB Very good thought Cindy and it explains the different endings ☎️ I‘d love that sir down too! 2y
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - oh yea. I forgot to wonder about the book title. ☎️📞 2y
kwmg40 I just finished Telephone and thought I‘d come here to read about the other endings. My copy had the ending that most readers seemed to hate, but I loved the book all the same! 2y
Cinfhen The different endings definitely makes for interesting discussions @kwmg40 I wish Telephone would‘ve gone further in the #ToB21 2y
Suet624 I just finished reading this novel and really enjoyed all of the discussion in this post. ❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen Did u enjoy the book @Suet624 ?? Which ending did you get?? 12mo
Suet624 I did enjoy it. My version was @BarbaraBB‘s version. 12mo
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Cinfhen
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Just read the first chapter! Im totally in 💯 #ToB21 I‘m sad it‘s up against Shuggie Bain 😩

Kalalalatja Some of the pairings in #ToB are so tough 😫 2y
Cinfhen Have you read this one @Kalalalatja ?? I know/ I‘m so sad that some of my favorites are up against each other... are u planning on reading the play-ins?? I wasn‘t going to but maybe I will if I can #BorrowNotBuy 2y
Kalalalatja I haven‘t, I can‘t find it on audio, and libraries are still closed here 😫 I have read The Resisters, and really liked it, but haven‘t read the other two. I have found them on audio, though, so I might give them a go 2y
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Cinfhen I had to buy the kindle version @Kalalalatja it was my ONLY option 2y
vivastory I'm *really* looking forward to reading this one. I plan on reading Down Days next. Afterwards I believe the only ones I'll have left are Breasts & Eggs & Telephone. 2y
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on both books @vivastory 2y
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cariashley
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Was not prepared for how devastatingly sad this was. How is this author so under-read? I liked this a lot but can‘t help but wonder if I would have felt more satisfied if I‘d read a different version (there are three versions, each with a different ending - fascinating publishing concept in itself). Book 8 of 18 for this year‘s #TOB21 done.

Cinfhen What a cool concept. Definitely intrigued #stacked 2y
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emilyhaldi
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This really speaks to me 😆

LeahBergen Yep. 😆 2y
Reviewsbylola 😂😂 I can‘t tell whether I agree or find it a tad too pessimistic. 2y
Megabooks Great quote! I‘m still thinking about this book. 2y
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batsy Same 😂 2y
BarbaraBB I hope you like the book. I did enjoy it a lot although the ending felt a bit hasty. 2y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope you have a lovely day! 📚❤️📚❤️ 2y
batsy Happy birthday! Have a fabulous one 🎈🧁📚📚 2y
emilyhaldi Thank you both sweet friends!!! ❤️ @LeahBergen @batsy 2y
cariashley I just started this and SAME. Happy belated! 2y
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KatieB
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I loved the writing (how have I not heard of this author?) and felt very connected to the characters but the story was just a so-so for me. This is not the book I wanted for those characters. The ending was also disappointed. One of the 2 storylines was wrapped up but not the one I wanted. I have heard that different versions of this book have different endings so maybe I was just unlucky?! I will definitely read another book from this author

BarbaraBB I felt the same, I loved the characters but the wrap up was a bit disappointing. I thought only the covers differed but I am not sure. 2y
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Megabooks
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At its heart, this novel is about a father who wants to save someone, anyone while daughter dies from a genetic disease. He can‘t face his own reality, so he intrudes, welcome or unwelcome, on others. However, the author left some unresolved characters scattershot through MC Zach‘s wake. That was frustrating. A lot of underdeveloped potential here. Still, I‘m glad I read it. Just under a pick. #tob

Cinfhen I think I‘m gonna take a pass 🙄too many other books I‘d rather read 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. I see what you mean regarding the plot but I am willing to forgive Everett anything because of the way he writes 😊 2y
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I can see that but you‘ve been a reading machine so far this year!! Great job!! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB true. There were so many wonderful details, especially those touches between sections. It‘s such a well planned book in some ways that I originally thought 3.5⭐️, but on reflection, the details made the unresolved issues more frustrating. I understand it could be, and probably is, purposeful, but that doesn‘t mean I have to like it. 2y
Cinfhen Now I‘m curious as you and @BarbaraBB discuss the merits... I‘ll keep my eyes out for it as a #BorrowNotBuy 😂 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen it would be a good one to watch for borrowing or a kindle deal. I can see both my and Barbara‘s perspectives. It‘s a thoughtful book in a lot of ways. 2y
Kalalalatja Interesting review. I‘m not rushing to read it, but I‘ll definitely try to get to it before March 👍 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Megabooks @Kalalalatja yeah, I think read Barbara‘s review for a counterpoint. She is correct that after 30 books there are things he is a master at. 2y
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks yesssss!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
vivastory Thanks for tagging me! I definitely plan on reading this one soon. I haven't read Everett yet & am curious 2y
Megabooks @vivastory I hope you enjoy it. It was well written but I found it frustrating. Still trying to decide if that‘s good or bad. Have a nice week. 2y
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Megabooks
Telephone | Percival Everett
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My new headlamp for reading at night with paperbacks. I swear it‘s not as disturbingly bright as it appears! Night everyone, unless it‘s morning or afternoon where you are, then I wish you a happy Saturday. ❤️

BarbaraBB I am sorry you are sleeping so little lately. I know the view though, I often read by the light of a flashlight app on my phone. Listening to podcasts also helps me to fall asleep 😴 2y
Cathythoughts Happy Saturday 😘 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m sleeping a lot during the day, unfortunately. 2y
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Anna40 Where did you buy it? Was it expensive? 2y
Megabooks @Anna40 Amazon. They had 2 for $14. It isn‘t fancy, but it‘s lightweight, works well, is rechargeable, and has an adjustable spotlight. I just checked and this exact one is no longer available, but there are similar ones there now. 2y
Anna40 Great! Thanks 2y
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Telephone | Percival Everett
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I had a long day out, but it‘s always good to come home to some blame-it-on- @BarbaraBB #bookmail! ❤️😘

Now to finish We Ride Upon Sticks...

#tob #tob2021

BarbaraBB It‘s another good one! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I started some nonfiction atm, but I think I‘m going to start the year with fiction. Still finalizing my bookspin list, though! 2y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to it! 2y
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Telephone | Percival Everett
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#BookReport 51/20

It has been the week that I wished for. So much time to read. The highlights were both the #ToB21 books. Another week of reading ahead.

Cinfhen Ohhhhhh, one of those books looks #SuperChunky 😱 I‘m excited to read 2y
squirrelbrain A great week! I also have Interior Chinatown on my TBR.... 2y
Kalalalatja Glad you had a good week! 2y
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TrishB A good week definitely 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks Fantastic week!! 2y
rockpools Wonderful! You might have thrown me slightly though - I had no idea it was Saturday 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
BarbaraBB It is, isn‘t it @rockpools ? I start to doubt it now 🤣 2y
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BarbaraBB
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Part western, part campus novel, but mostly a heartbreaking book of a father losing his daughter. Reproaching himself for not being able to safe her, professor Zach Wells is determined to safe some Mexican women kept hostage in a clothing warehouse in New Mexico.
I am becoming a real fan of Everett and this book is my favorite of the #ToB21 shortlist so far. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB Also it is interesting that Everett published three versions of the novel (the covers vary slightly). I am eager to know the differences! 2y
Kalalalatja Okay, that does sound pretty cool! 2y
Ruthiella We will have to compare notes when I read it. The difference is in the position of the compass in the red/brown circle on the cover. My copy is different from yours I noticed! 2y
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LeahBergen Oh, that sounds cool! I want to know how they differ now. 🤔 2y
vivastory I should be getting this in the next few days. Will definitely be making it a priority after this review! 2y
Megabooks Okay, you‘ve convinced me. #stacked! 2y
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja It is intriguing! I see that @CindyE09 (review below mine) has a different cover too if you compare the upper compasses. (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB @vivastory I think it‘s your kind of book too but keep in mind it‘s only my fourth book of the shortlist so far! (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s the least I could do 😉. Have you read any of his books? He write so good. 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB no I have not! I‘m interested to see what I think of my first. 👍🏻 2y
batsy So glad for your positive review! I really want to read this and didn't know that it has several different variations. That's so cool; he's an amazing writer. 2y
BarbaraBB @batsy He really is, he gets under my skin in a positive way. I haven‘t read much of him though. Do you have a recommendation except for So Much Blue - that I read and loved? (edited) 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB Haha, no! That's the only one I've read, too, and I've deemed him an amazing writer just based on that one 🙈 2y
BarbaraBB @batsy Me too and I was afraid I‘d have too high expectations for this one but he easily lived up to them! 2y
sarahbarnes This is one on the shortlist that I‘m really intrigued by. Your review makes me even more excited to read it! 2y
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CindyE09
Telephone | Percival Everett
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Super sad but moving novel about a university professor whose 12 year old daughter is diagnosed with a terminal neurological degenerative disorder. This is the second novel I have read from Everett and I think he is a really underrated author. His writing is beautiful and poignant and I want to start to read some of his immense backlog. Highly recommend this one, be prepared to cry a little.

BarbaraBB I read another Everett that I loved and ever since meant to read more by him. Thanks for bringing this up! #stacked (edited) 3y
CindyE09 @BarbaraBB That is the other novel of his that I read and really enjoyed. I liked this one even better though. 3y
BarbaraBB That is quite a recommendation! Thanks! 3y
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