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All's Well
All's Well | Mona Awad
From the critically acclaimed author of Bunny, a darkly funny novel about a theater professor suffering chronic pain, who in the process of staging a troubled production of Shakespeares most maligned play, suddenly and miraculously recovers. Miranda Fitchs life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now shes on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeares Alls Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers. Thats when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Mirandas past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get whats coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain thats kept her from the spotlight is made known. With prose Margaret Atwood has described as no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged...genius, Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. Alls Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.
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cariashley
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This is a tough one to rate, really wavering between so-so and pick so going with a low pick. Totally bizarre with lots of smart Shakespearean references and other devices that were mostly over my head. The portrayal of chronic pain was fascinating and terrifying, and gave me the humbling feeling that fiction isn‘t so far from reality for many. Book 7 down #TOB22

BarbaraBB I‘m not really tempted to read it but already ordered the paperback edition 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3d
cariashley @BarbaraBB yeah I‘m happy I got it from the library - I don‘t think it‘s out in paperback in the US yet. 3d
Ruthiella I really liked this one, especially how it got weirder and weirder. I understand some readers think Miranda hallucinated some/all of it due to all the meds. But I prefer to read it “straight” and accept the sorcery and magic of it. 3d
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4thhouseontheleft
All's Well | Mona Awad
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Mehso-so

The surrealism in this #tobshortlist novel is what I would imagine coming down from a bad high feels like. Certain aspects are expertly done. Awad really captures the experience of being a chronic pain sufferer, the misogyny that still exists when trying to seek treatment, and the disbelief by friends and family faced by many with chronic pain. The first 100 pages was fantastic. Then the book became a bit unmoored, in a WTF did I read kinda way.

Prairiegirl_reading After bunny I expect “unmoored, in a wtf did I read” from Mona Awad. 🤣 3d
4thhouseontheleft Also fills #pop22 quote from favorite author on cover of Amazon page (Margaret Atwood) 3d
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4thhouseontheleft @Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read Bunny! 3d
Zuhkeeyah @Prairiegirl_reading I felt the same by the end of Bunny. It started off great…then just drifted aimlessly. 3d
vivastory Did you see that you can pre-order igned copies of Atwood's upcoming book on B&N 3d
vivastory *signed 3d
Cinfhen This one was VERY Bunny-ish @Prairiegirl_reading but I liked it more. It‘s DEFINITELY odd & quirky 3d
4thhouseontheleft @vivastory 😍😍 I didn‘t. Thank you!! 3d
4thhouseontheleft @Zuhkeeyah the ending of All‘s Well kind of redeemed itself, there was a very vivid sequence that I thought was done very well. The middle part though, really started to drag. 3d
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen the Miranda after the golden drink, and how awful she became, really bothered me. But it is a book that makes you think! She definitely ranks up there on the list of most unreliable narrators. 3d
Cinfhen The parts you highlight in your review are the reasons I really enjoyed this book / I‘m not familiar enough with Shakespeare to understand all the hidden messages/ identities. I LOVE the cover design ❤️not a favorite for the shortlist - surprised it advanced 3d
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure if I‘ll read this. I didn‘t like Bunny at all and I don‘t know much Shakespeare. It‘s also not published over here until Feb. 3d
Suet624 I gave this a so-so as well. She captures the chronic sufferer aspect perfectly but the rest was a mess. 3d
Megabooks This was a low pick for me. Eh. I agree with much of what you‘re saying. 3d
Ruthiella I loved the messy, magical part of this one. @squirrelbrain I think you won‘t like this one much if you didn‘t like Bunny. It‘s equally bizarre. 3d
thebluestocking I usually don‘t go for this kind of weirdness, but it worked for me. I agree that the first 100 pages were the best. 3d
BarbaraBB Still need to read this one but love how different we all react to it! 3d
sarahbarnes Great review. I did love the weirdness even though I got a little lost in it. 3d
BkClubCare Honestly, I do not look forward to this one. 2d
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Addison_Reads
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I had to sit with this for a bit to really decide how I felt.

The main character annoyed me and I had a hard time even caring about her pain. I do appreciate the author addressing chronic pain and how doctors often dismiss a person's complaints. Also, the clever connection to Shakespeare saved a lot of this story for me.

I'm giving this a pick for its creativity, and I enjoyed most of it, but I didn't love it like I had hoped.

Bookboss I just picked this up from the library. 3d
Addison_Reads @Bookboss my only suggestion would be to not try and make sense of things as you read otherwise the surrealism might become overwhelming. The story has a certain flow of madness if you just let yourself ride the waves. 3d
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4thhouseontheleft
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This book is a bit bonkers. Usually I love the weird stories, but I am really struggling here. I‘m definitely getting deep into the surreal section, and I don‘t like it.

Can someone tell me if it just keeps going down a rabbit hole? Miranda has turned into a major asshole. I‘m going to finish, because it‘s a #tobshortlist book that also fills a lot of prompts. But I may start skimming.

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh no! I loved this, but it is for sure going to be a decisive read because it is so surreal. 5d
vivastory I was just thinking that I need to read this because my current read reminds me of Bunny, not because it has a similar story but bc it's also conceptually unusual 5d
4thhouseontheleft @ChaoticMissAdventures I think I just need to accept the surrealism and go with it ☺️. I keep trying to make sense if it 😜 5d
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cariashley So funny, I‘m at EXACTLY the same point in the book, chapter 18. I‘m liking it but you‘re right that it‘s bonkers. I‘m just going along for the ride, wouldn‘t say I‘m loving it, but am finding it entertaining even if I don‘t know where it‘s going. 5d
Addison_Reads I just finished this one and I usually really enjoy the weird and surreal, but I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I'm going to have to sit with it a little before I review it. 5d
ChaoticMissAdventures @4thhouseontheleft I think that is the best way! Just read through and don't think much about it until you are done, then sit with it for a bit. But of course not all strangling books are for everyone! 5d
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Sophronisba
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Although All's Well is well-written and Miranda is certainly a vivid character, I mostly found the book an exercise in frustration. I found Miranda‘s complaints about her disappointments in life grating, and although I could sympathize with her chronic pain (and her truly terrible doctors), I found it hard to sympathize with her disdain for her students. And while the book is clearly intended to be humorous, I didn‘t think it was all that funny.

Suet624 I‘m remembering how frustrated I was with this book. 5d
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4thhouseontheleft
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Well, I did not end up reading next to the cats earlier today, but now I am settled in to my favorite chair next to the fireplace, with my new cozy sweater and favorite socks!

About 100 pages into this one and still on the fence about how I feel. As someone who dealt with chronic pain from endometriosis for years, I hope this book does justice to the subject of the obstacles chronic pain sufferers face.

#tob #tobshortlist

4thhouseontheleft And I had to laugh that at the top of my Litsy feed is a lot of cozy blankets! @Soubhiville @Amiable 🤣 looks like a cold night for many today! 7d
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft It‘s January in New England. There aren‘t too many nights that don‘t call for my trusty fleece blanket! 😀 7d
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I‘m in NC. It was almost 80 a week ago. Expecting snow this weekend. I‘m excited to finally be able to wear sweaters! 🤣 I do NOT miss the Northeast winters though. 7d
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Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I‘m a New England gal to the core. I can‘t stand the heat and humidity—I could never live in the south. If I could encase myself in fleece all the time I totally would! 😀 But that‘s why we have 50 states —there‘s one that‘s just right for everyone. 🙂 7d
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I do very much miss New England culture! Southerners are still sometimes confusing to me 🤣 7d
Soubhiville Honestly it‘s not that bad here in TX. Low 70‘s today. I‘m just a wimp. Plus the hairless cats, they always want blankets, even in the summer. 🤣🤷‍♀️ 7d
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft Are you from these parts up here? Where? When did you move to NC? My oldest son is stationed at the Marine air station in Jacksonville. He lives not too far from Topsail, I think? He‘s not a huge fan of NC—or at least, the part where he is. (He did like visiting Asheville, though.) (edited) 6d
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I grew up in PA, but I've also lived in MD, NY, and NJ! Moved to Charlotte from NJ in 2011 once my hubby finished residency. We do like it here but there are some things I really miss! If we ever move back, it would probably be to MA, it's one of my favorite states. Asheville is one of my favorite little cities! 6d
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I love MA, too! That‘s where my husband and I met in college and lived for almost 14 years. I‘d go back there in a heartbeat, too. 6d
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AlizaApp
All's Well | Mona Awad
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Another twisty novel from Awad. If you like weird, this one is for you. A former actress with a crippling chronic illness is trying to stage All‘s Well That Ends Well at the university where she works, but the mutinous students are dead-set on doing Macbeth instead. She makes a deal with a trio of strange men she meets in a local pub and it looks like things might be going her way for a change - or are they?

BarbaraBB Still need to pick this one up. A bit hesitant after Bunny! 1w
AlizaApp @BarbaraBB I didn‘t think this was quite as “out there” as Bunny, but I did like both 6d
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sarahbarnes
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Although I‘m not quite sure what happened at the end (🤷🏻‍♀️), I really liked this dark and sinister tale of the female experience with pain and the value placed on youthful beauty. I didn‘t read Bunny, but now I‘m going to have to check it out. #ToB2022

Booksarelifeaddict I just started bunny 🐰 1w
sarahbarnes @Booksarelifeaddict I checked it out from the library today! 1w
Booksarelifeaddict I just started bunny yesterday so I‘m only a few chapters in so far it‘s going good! Hopefully we both love it 😉 @sarahbarnes 1w
BarbaraBB Now I‘m actually looking forward to this one (I didn‘t like Bunny much) 1w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I‘m going to give Bunny a try. I remember hearing mixed reviews. Will be interested to see what you think of this one. 7d
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merelybookish
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There is such daring to Awad's writing I cant help but admire it. Because this novel (like Bunny) is unapologetically nuts. Painridden drama professor Miranda, makes a proverbial deal with the devil, not unlike a certain doomed Scottish king. And then strange things begin to happen. Playing with fantasy lets Awad explore how crazy pain can make us and the lengths we would go to avoid it. Tying it all to Shakespeare is just plain clever. As 👇

merelybookish With Bunny, I found the first 2/3 much more engaging and then my interest lagged as the resolution seems to require a lot of action along with a suspension of disbelief. I end up unsure as to what exactly happened. 2w
vivastory Great review 👏👏 I really do need to read this, as I did really love Bunny 2w
Alfoster It was unusual but interesting!👍 2w
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merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! There is definitely a similar manic energy and a sense of things getting out of control. I probably preferred Bunny as that creative writing cohort was just too enjoyable. But Awad has fun skewering academia in this one too. 2w
vivastory I will adjust my expectations, but I think her writing about Shakespeare will be really interesting too. 2w
thebluestocking I really liked this one too. I haven‘t read any of her others, and I‘m thinking I need to read Bunny. 💙 2w
Ruthiella Unapologetically NUTS! This is what I have loved about the two Awad titles I‘ve read. And she can write. The first part was so hard to read because of all the pain. 2w
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to it- despite Bunny 😀 2w
merelybookish @vivastory I would say all the things that made Bunny are in this one too. 2w
merelybookish @Alfoster Haha.😁 Indeed! 2w
merelybookish @thebluestocking If you liked this one then yes, you should definitely read Bunny! 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes, she can write. Like she has a style that is all her own. And I caught myself like others in the book, just wishing Miranda would pull herself together. So she did a good job writing pain and how unsympathetic we can be to people in pain. 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I am excited to see what you think! 2w
readordierachel Yay! I loved Bunny and am really looking forward to this one especially after this review. 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel I am excited to hear what you think! 2w
BiblioLitten ‘Unapologetically nuts‘ perfectly sums up Awad‘s writing. 2w
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thebluestocking
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect with this book. It did get weird. No doubt. But I really enjoyed the writing and the twists and turns. The descriptions of chronic pain and useless treatments were particularly visceral. And it made me want to read Shakespeare. A win for me.

#tob #tob2022 #tob22

BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one, reviews are so intriguing! 2w
merelybookish Great review! The pain was visceral! 2w
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thebluestocking
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01. All‘s Well; Libertie
02. All‘s Well
03. New books coming from Hanya Yanagihara and Emily St. John Mandel

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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merelybookish
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How I'm spending the evening. Happy New Year everyone! 🥂🎉🎊 Wishing us all lots of peace, joy, and good books in 2022!

RaeLovesToRead Happy New Year!!! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Ruthiella Happy New Year!🥳🥂 3w
thebluestocking I‘m diving in to this one tomorrow! 💙 3w
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MaureenMc Happy New Year! 🎆 3w
vivastory Happy New Year 🎉🍾📚 3w
Reggie Happy New Year! 3w
CarolynM Happy New Year 3w
readordierachel Happy New Year! (I love this cover 😍 Hadn‘t seen this version before) 3w
Cathythoughts Happy New Year ❤️ 3w
batsy That's my kind of NYE! Happy New Year, Margot! ❤️ 3w
youneverarrived Happy New Year 🥂 3w
merelybookish @thebluestocking I'm 100 pages in and enjoying so far..waiting for things to get weird, as they tend to do in Awad's novels. 3w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 3w
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Melismatic
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If you loved Bunny (as I did), I think you‘ll like this. Not as left-field bizarre but heavy on the “what” and “is any of this really happening” that Awad does so well.

Definitely liked this more than the play it pays homage to - All‘s Well That Ends Well - but I think it makes sense to read/get the gist of that play before reading. Odd? Yes. Satisfying? In its own way. #ShakespeareReadalong

rachelm I liked this one 1mo
merelybookish Starting this one today! Interested to see how it reimagines that pretty awful Shakespearean plot. 3w
Melismatic @merelybookish enjoy! It gets wild! 3w
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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-13-21: My 125th finished book of 2021! This one was weird!! A woman, Miranda, suffering chronic pain and abusing her pain meds, while directing a production of All‘s Well That Ends Well by Shakespeare at a small college, meets 3 strange men who change her life and her pain threshold. This book felt like a fever dream! I was waiting for the character to wake up and say it never happened. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣2️⃣5️⃣

BarbaraBB Great review! 1mo
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Melismatic
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About to start my 100th (& probably final) book of 2021. What a crazy year. 🙈🤷🏻‍♀️😂

DivineDiana 👏🏻💯 📚 1mo
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Suet624
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I only read this because it‘s on the #TOB22 shortlist. Every year the Tournament of Books provides me with at least one book where, when finished, I scratch my head and say, “what the hell WAS that?” If you want to read an exquisite account of living with chronic pain, the first 100 pages is perfection. After that it goes off the rails and I‘m not sure what the point of it all is. It‘s not a pan, but it‘s not one I‘d recommend to anyone either.

sarahbarnes 😂😂 I‘m picking this one up at the library tomorrow. We‘ll…see how it goes! 1mo
Ruthiella I think it takes its cue from the Shakespeare play in that it purposefully does not add up at the end. 1mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes it‘s on several lists as a book to read. Hopefully you‘ll really enjoy it! 1mo
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Suet624 @Ruthiella oh! Well then she‘s done a great job. 😄🥴 1mo
ReadingEnvy I bailed! 🥴 1mo
Suet624 @ReadingEnvy You are clearly smarter than I am. 1mo
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Librarybelle
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It‘s hard to review such an odd book, though I did not find it as odd as Bunny, which I surprisingly liked. This one I liked too because it is so different. Unreliable narrator, suffering from chronic pain, who meets three mysterious men who offer her a different path. It‘s hard to understand everything taking place, but I could also feel the levels of despair and elation throughout the novel.

Be prepared for an odd adventure with this one!

Cinfhen Great review 😊definitely a strange book but easier to follow than Bunny 🐰 2mo
squirrelbrain Good to know it‘s not quite as weird as Bunny, which I didn‘t like! 2mo
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Librarybelle @squirrelbrain It‘s still a bit strange, but definitely not as weird as Bunny! 2mo
Ruthiella I LOVED Bunny and liked this one a lot too! I really want to read her debut novel now. (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle @Ruthiella I‘m curious about her debut novel too! 2mo
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Taylor
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I would say this book is only so-so, except there were some genuinely riveting moments of tension, and I can‘t take that away from it. Most of these moments didn‘t come to much though, for me, unfortunately.

It also made me think about some cool stuff regarding characters/characterization, with much of this being tied into Shakespeare specifically. (I love Shakespeare.)

Awad is a cool writer, but I don‘t think I‘d read more of her work.

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Taylor
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And now for a totally random book that the only reason I‘m reading it is ‘cause my godmother wants me to.

It‘s fine; it‘s not like I have a near-endless list of novels I want to read for myself.

(I‘m actually liking it pretty well so far (I‘m also a good ways through it). It‘s much better than most stuff I find myself reading because people lend it to me.)

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HeatherBookNerd
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This is one weird book. It has its good points - sharp, darkly amusing, insightful writing. Awad just nails the experience of chronic illness and pain. But then it takes a turn and we go from one extreme to another. The story gets more nebulous, blurring the lines of reality. It just got exhausting and repetitive - all the extremes. It would have made a bold novella or short story. Very bizarre.

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vlwelser
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There is something brilliant about this that I can't quite put my finger on. And I definitely preferred Bunny. This is centered around a college production of All's Well That Ends Well and the director who is dealing with chronic pain. It's hard to explain but by the end, the author has your brain turned upside down and you wonder if you're the one that's crazy.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much @AmyG You are also my favorite swap partner. I love everything. The books are great, I'm especially looking forward to All's Well. The lotion and candle smell so good. The cards and and notepad are really cute. I'm looking forward to trying the coffee and I guess I need to bake cookies now 👻
#LLFS #LitsyLoveFallSwap
@Bookgoil @rsteve388

AmyG You are so welcome!!! 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Jen2
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So creepy

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Awad‘s writing - original, biting, trippy, and darkly funny, it‘s easy to get swept up in the madness. I enjoyed Miranda‘s voice and the commentary on the denial of women‘s pain, although as the book went on, her descent into mania made me inwardly cringe. (Maybe that‘s part of the point - how we often want to look away from other‘s suffering?) I‘m still not sure what was reality, but I know I‘ll be thinking about this for awhile.

ChaoticMissAdventures I loved this one too! So creative and just weird enough. 4mo
ICantImReading @ChaoticMissAdventures have you read Bunny yet? I loved that one, too! 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @ICantImReading I have not! It kept going on and off my TBR, but after this one it is firmly On. It seems to be a special kind of audience for her books. 4mo
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Ericalambbrown
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I really wanted to like this book. I love Shakespeare and magical realism is typically my jam, but this one left me cold. I didn‘t like any of the characters and really didn‘t care about any of them. I‘m not even sure why I trudged on with it. I guess I kept hoping it would pay off but it just did not for me.

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Booknerd222
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ICantImReading
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My newest #authenticbooks box! I loved the weirdness of Bunny and am looking forward to this! They sent a calla lily and white currant candle, a “bard of soap” (lol), a French rose clay facial bar, a sheet mask, a maple cinnamon cocktail mixer, a book playlist, and recipes! Ahh bring on the fall vibes!! 🍁 🍂 #bookmail

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KarenUK
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Like Mona Awad‘s last novel ‘Bunny‘, this novel is full of wit, and teeters on a thin line between fantasy and fiction. Dark academia, Shakespearean comedy/drama and strange magic combine in this fever dream of a novel. But it was Miranda‘s daily struggles that I found so heartbreaking. Awad brilliantly portrays the awful, dismissive way people (often women) with an ‘invisible‘ condition can be treated by medical professionals,and even loved ones.

Ruthiella I liked this one a lot too. The first few chapters were rough because Miranda‘s pain was so palpable. 4mo
ICantImReading I just got this today, I‘m looking forward to it! It makes me excited to see good reviews. I loved Bunny! 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘m still hesitating because of 4mo
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KarenUK @BarbaraBB mmmmm if you didn‘t like Bunny, I would skip this for sure. 4mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, it‘s always a relief to not have to read something 🤣😘 4mo
CarolynM I'm looking forward to this. It's not out here yet. 4mo
kspenmoll Great review! 4mo
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Booknerd222
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BookishTrish
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This book was my staycation treat and while I didn‘t love it as much as I love Bunny (which I‘ve read 3x), it‘s still amazing. Sharp writing, dark magic, and Shakespearean themes are just three of the reasons I‘d recommend it. The first 100 pages are an almost too intense description of living with chronic pain - the writing is that masterful.

vlwelser I think I'm mostly impressed that you read Bunny 3 times. 5mo
BookishTrish @vlwelser I truly feel Bunny is a gift and I‘ll undoubtedly read it again. Have you read it? 4mo
vlwelser Only once so far. There really is nothing else quite like it. But I'm also intrigued by this new book. 4mo
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Booknerd222
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#literallydeadbookclub September pick and I‘m so exited!!

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Bookalong
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5🌟A riveting, kaleidoscopic ride! Centering on women's pain and the gas lighting of chronic pain in the medical profession and society in general. Love how Awad crafted Miranda's character. I related to Miranda's suffering and understood her contempt. Then as she starts losing her mind and will do anything to remain whole she transcends into villain hood and being in her head was like some sort of bad drug trip. #bookreview #canlit

Cathythoughts Greaff review 👍🏻 I have this one stacked already 5mo
Bookalong @Cathythoughts thanks! Hope you enjoy! 5mo
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Lindy
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Which cover do you prefer?
Left, Simon & Schuster USA; right, Penguin Random House Canada

Cathythoughts That‘s a tough choice !! I‘m going with the one on the right .. and I‘m looking forward to it 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 5mo
vivastory I used to really dislike the one on the left, but it's grown on me. 5mo
xicanti I think I‘m gonna go with the one on the right. It gives me St Sebastian vibes. 5mo
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TrishB The right 👍🏻 5mo
Ruthiella The left. It makes more sense in the context of the novel. 5mo
Megabooks The USA cover, but they‘re both good! 5mo
FelinesAndFelonies The right. ❤️ 5mo
MeganAnn I‘m definitely more drawn to the right cover. I‘m not a fan of the one on the left and nearly cringe every time I see a post with it, but I also haven‘t read the book so I can‘t speak to the context. 5mo
batsy At first glance, the US cover, but the Canadian one grows on me the more I look at it. 5mo
Lesliereads I can‘t choose! Is the mask one made of pills? 5mo
Lindy @Lesliereads Yes, it‘s hard to see in such a small image, but you are correct: the mask is made of pills. 5mo
Lindy @xicanti Martyr vibes draw me in too. 🙃 5mo
Lindy @Lesliereads @batsy @MeganAnn @FelinesAndFelonies @Megabooks @Ruthiella @TrishB @xicanti @vivastory Poll results: 6 for the Canadian cover on the right; 3 for the mask cover on the left; 2 unsure/undeclared. 5mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Hank the Book Sniffer and I are starting a new book tonight since we can‘t sleep. Sleep well (or read well?), Littens.

#HankTheBulldog

ShelleyBooksie Adorable 5mo
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SomedayAlmost
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Wow! May be reviewing this poignant, strange, darkly funny book for a colleague‘s speculative fiction journal, so for now I will just say “Wow!” #specfic #unique

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Palimpsest
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Mehso-so

Started off strong and then as I continued to read I really didn‘t care and almost bailed. I wonder if I would have liked it if I had read Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well that Ends Well, if I was missing something because I don‘t know that story, but as much as I love allusion I think a book should stand alone. The main character was manic and I didn‘t care about her. I like books that skew magic with psychology, but this wasn‘t for me “am I right?”

Palimpsest Just wanted to say that I loved her book Bunny. 5mo
Palimpsest One more thought. I thought it was an odd choice to name this MC Miranda, who is the heroine from Shakespeare‘s Tempest (read)when she already using All‘s Well and Macbeth(also read) it just muddied it. I guess it was supposed to be funny that all the drs. and PT were named for the writers of the gospels, but..eh. Also found other scenes problematic, gross, or annoying like the constant use of “am I right?” which made me want to throw this book. 5mo
Megabooks This wasn‘t as good as Bunny, and I noticed that about the various names as well. I haven‘t read Macbeth in years, but I was wondering if you think the three devils in the bar are related to the three witches in Macbeth?? 5mo
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Palimpsest @Megabooks, I do think the three witches relate to the three men in the bar, although it‘s been a few years since I‘ve read Macbeth myself other than I remember they made a prediction about who would be king. I didn‘t mean to be so harsh, but I didn‘t get the baby Ellie dream sequence (although I figured the baths were magic or that she thought that) and I‘m not a prude, but all the sex and speculation about the students and sex, was weird to me. 5mo
Megabooks It‘s definitely fine to be harsh. I didn‘t particularly like the mixed Shakespeare/biblical references either. I think I liked it a bit more than you, but I was hoping she‘d go in a different direction from Bunny, especially since her story collection was so different, but this felt like a watered down, recycled Bunny. I found the fever dreams very similar in style if not in content. I agree this is much more overtly sexual. 5mo
Megabooks All‘s Well is also a fairly obscure play to riff on. I mainly enjoyed how correct she got the experiences of chronic pain. I think that‘s what pushed this into pick territory for me. 5mo
Palimpsest @megabooks I agree she got the pain right as well. I get migraines which a lot of people I know brush off as just a headache when it‘s a full body experience. Also had a terrible experience with a doctor who wouldn‘t listen & my issue still isn‘t diagnosed. And from what I‘ve read it‘s mostly women who get their pain brushed off so I applaud the book for that. I was surprised by the lack of empathy Miranda had after, but guess the spell stop her (edited) 5mo
Megabooks Totally agree re: migraines. I‘ve gotten hormonal ones since starting menopause and have had A LOT of trouble with drs!! I know more about them than they do usually. I also related to that terrible PT person in the book (Mark) as I have had more bad than good related to nerve and spine problems. As far as empathy, I definitely find I relate more to other people with chronic conditions (like this exchange 💜) so I was surprised by that part too. 5mo
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Twocougs
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this but it was just too trippy for me, which makes me sad because I love anything that brings in Shakespeare.

Taylor If possible, please read my book, “Economic Despair,” which brings in Shakespeare. Sorry for dropping an ad in your comments! https://www.amazon.com/Economic-Despair-Taylor-Napolsky/dp/B09FS59236/ref=sr_1_5... 3mo
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Pickpick

Just finished this book, perfect timing since today is pub day! Awad captures the MC‘s pain & desperation to rid herself of it so accurately. Miranda wants to believe that she can be cured of her chronic ailments, but is starting to lose faith in all the experts. Then, she meets some strange fellows and her tale takes a twist. My thanks to NetGalley & Penguin Random House Canada for an advanced copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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Palimpsest
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Ha! I put this book on hold at my library and think I was fourth in line for it. However, I went into my library today and it was on the new release shelf and patrons of their home library get first dibs before they send new books out for holds at other libraries within the system, so I lucked out! I‘m about fifty pages into it and it reminds me of the style of Bunny which I really liked. So far so good! 😁

Ruthiella I should be getting the ebook from my library in about a week. I loved Bunny and am really looking forward to this! 5mo
mhillis Nice! I can‘t wait to read this one too 5mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella I think you‘ll like it if you liked Bunny. I did wish that I‘d read Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well that Ends Well because I‘m not sure what references I might be missing or important clues. 5mo
Palimpsest @mhillis I somehow missed that this book was coming out until quite recently! It‘s feels a little repetitive, but that may be because I‘ve been reading this exclusively and I usually read a few books at a time. I still can‘t wait to find out where it‘s going! 😊 5mo
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Melismatic
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Just watched a fab Zoom panel with the author thru my local bookstore. This book sounds really fun — a story-within-a-story take on Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well That Ends Well, which coincidentally I just finished with the #ShakespeareReadAlong group.

I loved ‘Bunny‘ so much - I‘m ready to devour all of this woman‘s books. 👻

merelybookish That is intriguing! A fun play to rewrite since it clearly has so many issues. If you read it, give us an update! 5mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It was okay. I don‘t think this is something the Giller Jury would see as Longlist worthy, but I‘ve been so very wrong in the past.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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First up since it's a 7-day loan only. #ShadowGiller
@Lindy

Cathythoughts Oh I‘m looking forward to this one 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Cathythoughts so far it‘s been very amusing! 5mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Picked up my batch of library holds! 3 of the 4 are #CanLit - in time to start ramping up my #ShadowGiller reading with @Lindy 🍁

Lindy I‘m looking forward to your thoughts on Awad‘s book. My library doesn‘t have copies yet. 5mo
Lindy I picked up a couple of #shadowgiller2021 possibles at the library today, both are short story collections. Papamarko‘s Radium Girl and 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy nice! I think those are 2 that my library doesn't have yet! 😜 5mo
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Megabooks
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I loved Bunny. I thought it was really original. This is similar enough in its particular fever dream qualities and academia setting that it just didn‘t strike me as different enough. It would‘ve help to have more Shakespeare knowledge, too.

However, I feel she got a lot about chronic pain right - how doctors don‘t listen, the people who don‘t want you to get better, how painful PT is, etc. and that angle kept my interest. #audiobook

Cinfhen How was the narration?!! I agree, this was Bunny lite - less weird but still sharp 6mo
Cinfhen And that cover is EVERYTHING!!!! 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this stacked since @Cinfhen review … looking forward to it 6mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen agree re: Bunny, and the cover is wonderful!! The narration is excellent. Great pairing of book to VO artist. 6mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts enjoy! I‘m interested to read more reviews as they roll in. 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious to see more reviews too, Meg ❣️ 6mo
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Megabooks
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At Camp Key, we like #audiowalks! I listened to the tagged book while I walked around my neighborhood this morning. I‘ve been sleeping in too late to walk recently, so it was nice to get out.

#LitsySummerCamp #Day5 @ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ Your neighborhood looks so sweet! 6mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful neighborhood 💫 6mo
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Centique That looks so pretty! 6mo
Megabooks @Centique thanks! I love my neighborhood! 6mo
BarbaraBB It looks beautiful 😍 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank friend! It is a great neighborhood to live in. I‘m very lucky! 5mo
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Cinfhen
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Mona Awad is a trippy writer, and I mean that as a compliment. Her prose, humor and insightfulness is razor sharp. Not quite as confusing as Bunny but definitely a book that pushes boundaries. The subtle play on academia & Shakespearean literature is really fun. A definite novel worth exploring with a bookclub. It‘s a solid pick!! Publishes this TUESDAY!! Also, for anyone who suffers with debilitating chronic pain, Awad hits all the right notes.

Ruthiella Sounds great! I loved Bunny and also want to go back and read her debut novel too. 6mo
Cinfhen If you loved Bunny @Ruthiella than I think you‘ll appreciate what Mona Awad did with this new novel🎭 6mo
TrishB Not out until next Feb here 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Cinfhen Hmmmmm, according to my #NetGalley it publishes this Tuesday @TrishB I guess US gets treated before the UK 😘 6mo
Cathythoughts Stacking …. I loved Bunny too @Ruthiella 6mo
squirrelbrain Sounds like it‘s worth a read, even if I didn‘t like 🐰! 6mo
Megabooks I‘ve preordered this on audible now. Thanks! 💜 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you saw my review @Megabooks I think you‘ll appreciate the urgency Awad shares about understanding and living with chronic pain ~ some GoodReads reviewers thought she trivialized their pain but I didn‘t read it that way. 6mo
Cinfhen Who‘s the narrator @Megabooks ?? 6mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize you loved Bunny @Cathythoughts I‘m glad you did and I think you‘ll enjoy this one too!! I think you will as well @squirrelbrain 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen chronic pain is so unique to each sufferer, and I think people can get really territorial about experiencing it the “right way” - at least this has been my experience when I‘ve talked with other patients in groups and individually. Anyway, I try to read about others experiences, fiction or NF, with an open mind, but I definitely have opinions, too. 😂 We‘ll see. Narrator is the same as Bunny, but not someone I‘m familiar with. 6mo
Megabooks Sophie Amoss is the narrator. I didn‘t listen to Bunny. I had a print copy. So I‘m curious about how the audiobook will be. 🤔 6mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I liked Bunny even though I'm sure I didn't really understand it. I'm stacking this and I'm going to suggest it to my book group on Monday night🙂 6mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, I‘m curious to see/hear what a bookclub has to say!!! I‘m pretty sure my ladies would be very divided on this one @CarolynM It‘s definitely out of our normal reading comfort zone. 6mo
Cinfhen I get that about chronic pain…so I‘m curious to hear your thoughts. I think I did a combination of audio and print for Bunny @Megabooks and I think I liked the audio…I can‘t remember 😬 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Wow, what a gorgeous description of pain.
“My body is a black sky filled with bright stars of pain.”
As someone with chronic lower back pain, I‘m finding this book very accurate in its descriptions of constant discomfort and pain. So far @TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @bio_chem06 I‘m enamored with this book. Mona Awad‘s dark prose and snarky tone is working for me.

KathyWheeler I did not really care for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, but I might check this one out. 6mo
squirrelbrain Fingers crossed it continues to be good! 🤞🏻 6mo
BarbaraBB I am glad you dared try her again after Bunny - and that it paid off! 6mo
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TrishB That does sound interesting 😁 (and quite Plath like). 6mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I feel like that today. Migraine hell since June 24 … a few good days but mostly not. 😓 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry to hear that my dear friend 😔sending much love and gentle care your way @BarbaraTheBibliophage xxxx 6mo
Cinfhen So far it‘s holding my attention and we haven‘t entered WONDERLAND @TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB BUT I‘m prepared for the other shoe to drop @KathyWheeler I‘ve only read Bunny 🐰 but I did see mixed reviews on 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thank you! 💕 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Wish me luck 🍀 I‘m about to re-enter the Mona Awad rabbit hole. Set again, in a fictionalized New England private college, Miranda a once actress, is now teaching theatre, as she lost her intended career path after an accident which left her with chronic pain. I will say the cover is AMAZING 🤩

TrishB Will await your review. Please let me know f anything like Bunny!! 6mo
Cathythoughts Oh interesting!! Bunny was really quite a read 😳😂 6mo
Cinfhen Exactly @Cathythoughts @TrishB one BUNNY read was quite enough…im nervous for this one !!! So far, it‘s like Bunny but not quite like Bunny 🐰 although based on reviews it gets DARK and CONFUSING 6mo
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squirrelbrain I agree - great cover! I might give it a go if it‘s not too similar to Bunny! 🤪 6mo
bio_chem06 I don‘t know anything about Bunny, but you guys have my interested peaked 🤣 6mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @bio_chem06 Bunny was an interesting read 6mo
Kappadeemom I agree, super cool cover. And Bunny was crazy!!🤣 6mo
vlwelser The Bunny read was awesome. It's hard to believe that was almost a year ago. I'm going to need to read this new book. The pills on the cover make it seem like this is another crazy read. 6mo
ChaoticMissAdventures All's Well was my first by her, I kept getting scared off by reviews of Bunny but I loved this one, her language is incredible. 6mo
Cinfhen You‘re right @vlwelser it is nearly a year ago😱😱😱time flies 🦢🐰This one is similar to Bunny @Kappadeemom definitely trippy but not as out there!!! I liked it a lot @ChaoticMissAdventures although I‘m still not 💯 sure of what I just read 🙈🙊🤪🤪 6mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cinfhen yes!! Whole passages I was thinking IDK what is going on but I might like it? 😂 6mo
Cinfhen @ChaoticMissAdventures EXACTLY ❣️❣️❣️😂😂 6mo
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rachelm
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My two current reads are definitely connected to Shakespeare! Enjoying them both. The tagged book is a novel by the same author of Bunny, which is a bonkers novel I loved. This one is about a theater professor who suffers from chronic pain and the way her performance/teaching and life are spinning out of control

tpixie Sounds like you need to read next 6mo
rachelm Loooved Hamnet! So good (and I cried so hard) 6mo
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