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The Natural Way of Things
The Natural Way of Things | Charlotte Wood
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She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.' The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.'Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue -- but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.With extraordinary echoes of The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies, The Natural Way of Things is a compulsively readable, scarifying and deeply moving contemporary novel. It confirms Charlotte Wood's position as one of our most thoughtful, provocative and fearless truth-tellers, as she unflinchingly reveals us and our world to ourselves.'As a man, to read it is as unsettling as receiving one piece of bad news after another. It is confronting. Yet anyone who reads it, man or woman, is going to be left with a sense that a long-hidden truth has been revealed to them. The Natural Way of Things is a brave, brilliant book. I would defy anyone to read it and not come out a changed person.' Malcolm Knox, author of The Wonder Lover'This is a stunning exploration of ambiguities - of power, of morality, of judgment. With a fearless clarity, Wood's elegantly spare and brutal prose dissects humanity, hatreds, our ambivalent capacities for friendship and betrayal, and the powerful appearance - always - of moments of grace and great beauty. The book's ending undid me through the shape of the world it reveals as much as its revisions of escape and survival. It will not leave you easily; it took my breath away.' Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman's Wife
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LapReader
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Another heavenly day at a writer‘s festival. 1st up this morning was Tony Birch (I ❤️ the sound of his voice), then a shop at the farmer‘s market (on the same site) where I got all the ingredients for a feast that we ate tonight. I love me some Buratta. Then the lecture in the pic where I caught up with a family friend before and after, then last but not least Clementine Ford and a new discovery for me, Brodie Jabour who I need to investigate.

Jeg As I read each of your reflections I‘m getting envious. Sounds so good. . 3mo
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JennyBondBooks
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‘Poxy bonnet on its hook.‘

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azulaco
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This book was so disturbing. First, the premise that these women are imprisoned in a work camp for having (often unconsensual) sex; second, that they are abandoned in their prison in the middle of nowhere, and then everything goes all Lord of the Flies. And so many unresolved questions - who is this corporation that runs the prison? What‘s going to happen to the women after the novel ends? Creepy, semi-apocalyptic, and compelling.

Cinfhen Sounds too terrifying 3y
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azulaco
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This came up in my recommendations after checking out The Water Cure, and wow, this is more than I was expecting. Intense, harsh, hard to read. I‘m going to have to read this one slowly, in small increments.

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rockpools
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Apparently I have a LOT of #greencovers #deardecember @Eggs

Eggs So pretty 💚💚💚💚 3y
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Rissreads
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What a powerful but difficult read. So much of this book is devastating but still relevant today in our society. Where women of scandals are humiliated, blamed and hated instead of being treated like the victims that they are.
10 girls all involved in 'sex' scandals are drugged and sent to an old isolated sheep station in the middle of nowhere surrounded by an electric fence. They are put to work, hard labour to teach them a lesson. ⬇️

Rissreads This book is all the more shocking because some aspects of it are actually based on the Hay institution for girls in Australia in the 60's. 3y
Crazeedi Sounds like a hard book to read💔 3y
Rissreads @Crazeedi hard but also important. 3y
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Crazeedi @Rissreads absolutely 😪 3y
Rissreads @Crazeedi Sorry I havn't written in awhile! Life's very busy and I'm finding it hard to keep up with the Litsylove group. 💛 3y
TheBookAddict Oh my. Scary to think that it‘s similar to things that have happened and are happening today. 😔 😢 3y
TheBookAddict Glad to see you back in the Litsyverse. Life does that quite often, it throws a wrench in your plans. All we can do is pick it up, dust ourselves of, and keep on moving. 🙂👋🏽 3y
Crazeedi @Rissreads it's a no stress group, remember that! It's not a problem, I'm behind too. Just know I see you here, I'll be writing soon too. Take care my friend!❤❤ 3y
Rissreads @Crazeedi you too! 😘 3y
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WellReadCatLady
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Continuing my challenge to reading women around the world with this book for Australia

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LapReader
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Mehso-so

This could have been so much better. The idea of it sucked me in as it resembled A Handmaid‘s Tale but it was no Atwood. The cover and these flowers are divine.

BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one. 4y
LeeRHarry With you on this one - I thought her other books were better. 4y
LapReader I will give her another chance then @LeeRHarry 4y
LeeRHarry @LapReader this one comes to mind first 😊 4y
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shawnmooney
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Oh my god what an inferior piece of garbage. It was nonsensical—offensive, even—that a group of ten or so young women would allow themselves to be controlled and abused by a trio of pathetic, idiotic captors wielding a grand total of one baton between the three of them. Just effing stupid. Electrified fence notwithstanding. What a waste of valuable reading time. Bailed two-thirds of the way in. Did I mention that I hated it?

MrsMalaprop I wish you‘d be more honest with your posts 😂. I really liked this book. 4y
Lindy @MrsMalaprop I loved it too. Other people in my lesbian book club hated it, although I don‘t think any of them felt as strongly as Shawn about it. 4y
TrishB I‘ve missed your reviews 😘 4y
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LeeRHarry I detested this one too but I‘ve liked others by this author 😏 4y
Reviewsbylola Ummmmm I own this one but you have me seriously rethinking that decision. 😂 4y
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣👏🏻👏🏻 @MrsMalaprop 4y
Anna40 Great review! 😂😂😂 4y
LeahBergen What @TrishB said! I need to see more of your bail reviews here. 😆😆 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Aw, bummer. I have this one on my wishlist, but I trust your reviews! 4y
Cinfhen So, it‘s not a pick!?!!! 😂🤣😂😘 4y
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ThePurpleSponge
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Mehso-so

"When I watch you read this book, it's like you're forcing yourself to eat a bad sandwich" -my partner watching me read this book. It did bring on some stank face - violence, gore, dead baby rabbits... It felt like Lord of the Flies but more devistating and with rape and the occasional mention of modern tech. It grew on me toward the end, and you can get some kind of girl power from it, but it was not a pleasure to read. Happy to be done!

ThePurpleSponge #24in48 about 9 hours of reading logged 😁📚 4y
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Jokila
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8leagueboot This looks so intense! Your photo is giving me the happiest spring vibes 💞 4y
Jokila I hope you enjoy if you read it! @8leagueboot It‘s kind of funny the book‘s cover is so happy! 😆 4y
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Cassandra_L
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Great read. Proof that a compelling story can outweigh stylistic distractions.

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Cassandra_L
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Halfway through, and I am enjoying it, but books that constantly change tense in a simultaneous narrative make me sad. Pulls me out of the story every damn time.

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tif
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Gotta get my butt in gear...

Casmt This was my first Litsy review! I loved it!! 4y
tif @Casmt hopefully I will too! 😊 4y
Casmt Let us know. I can‘t say anything more than I loved it 🤐 4y
tif @Casmt will do! 4y
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LapReader
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Thankyou so very much for my gifts for #secretsantagoespostal. You get me. I love all of the books, teas and chocolate. Merry Xmas to you.

Katiesbookishlife Merry Christmas to you too ! I‘m so Glad you like the book choices 😊 5y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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Abailliekaras
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I‘m glad I persevered with this. Not my usual fare (dystopian, nightmarish, violent) but important. Dark & slow plot-wise: the women are imprisoned, & it doesn‘t have the tension of an escape story. It tackles misogyny head-on, with controlled rage. I didn‘t enjoy this but it‘s tightly written, powerful & I‘ll remember it for a long time: testament to its originality & the strength of the writing. A pick for all too real dystopia; so-so for me.

Cinfhen Great review 💚 5y
Cinfhen Beautiful cover 5y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen thanks! It‘s always hard to review a book that everyone should read but won‘t necessarily enjoy. 😬I know, that cover though... 5y
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Redheadrambles Argh yeah this book was a struggle for me. Never has a cover been so opposite to what‘s inside. 5y
Abailliekaras @Redheadrambles yes the cover is so beautiful. The rabbit is there though 😬😉 5y
Redheadrambles @Abailliekaras oh you know I never noticed that until now ! I was all “ oh what lovely flowers” 5y
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BarbaraBB
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Ten young women are kidnapped and taken to a desolate prison camp. Their ‘crime‘ is they have been involved in sex scandals. They do hard, pointless labour and are being systematically degraded.
How does a woman survive this? I was eager to find out but was ultimately disappointed by the many open ends and the lack of depth in the book‘s main characters.

#ReadAroundTheWorld Australia

Cinfhen This sounds like a tough read....NOT for me 😫 5y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No need to. “So many books, so little time”, to quote yourself 😀 5y
Cinfhen Exactly 😂😘 5y
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kate_reads
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This week‘s freaking beautiful cover award:

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Lindy
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I was shocked to hear that Charlotte Wood's dystopian setting was based on a real 1960s era prison, the Hay Institute for Girls. There's a documentary about the horrors of that place: Exposed to Moral Damage. Wood said their crimes were that they had reported being raped, rather than keeping quiet. They were treated worse than Wood's fictional characters.
Kim Hill interviewed Wood on Radio NZ on August 18; you can search for the podcast version.

saresmoore Oh, how awful! 5y
MandaChittles I have never heard of the Hay Institute!!! 5y
Lindy @saresmoore I know! The conditions are brutal in the novel, but Wood said the reality was worse. It's like what Atwood said about her own science fiction: she's writing about horrible things that have actually happened. 5y
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Lindy @MandaChittles It was a decommissioned men's prison in Australia. Declared unfit for use, so they put young women in it, aged 14-18. (edited) 5y
LauraBrook Wow, I've never heard of this before! Hello Internet rabbit hole! 😳 5y
MandaChittles Omg!!! Awful!! 5y
Cassandra_L Wow, thanks for the info. Definitely looking this up. 4y
Lindy @Cassandra_L You‘re welcome. 👍 4y
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MutinyOnTheBeagle
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I was looking forward to this but found it a bit 'meh' I think it was aimed more as a contemplative thinkpiece, and a book to be analysed, and I was expecting a proper story

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Abailliekaras
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More #junetunz ...Australian #cruelsummer books - this is still on my TBR shelf but I'm daunted by its tough premise. And now that I'm on a roll ...Picnic at Hanging Rock!

RealLifeReading Nice cover! 5y
Marchpane Hanging Rock is a great choice - stockings and gloves in the summer! 5y
batsy Loved the movie of Picnic at Hanging Rock! Still need to read the book. And I hope to get around to this one soon. 5y
Simona I really didn't like this story ... looking forward for your thoughts! 5y
Abailliekaras @RealLifeReading it's beautiful isn't it! @Marchpane @batsy an oldie but a goodie. They're re-making the movie too (that music is so iconic though, how will they improve it?). @Simona I'm full of trepidation! 😬 5y
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IndyHannaJones The girl with all the gifts 5y
IndyHannaJones @Moray_Reads I've been thinking about this one... 5y
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IndyHannaJones OMG NO YOU HAVE TO READ MARGARET ATWOOD's MADDADDAM TRILOGY!!!! 5y
Moray_Reads @Hyaeger it's a tough one and the are some fairly graphic scenes but I thought it was pretty powerful. The Handmaid's Tale is almost idyllic by comparison! 5y
coffeenebula Am assuming this one falls under "obvious classics" but it bears repeating! 5y
vivastory @jenp I can't wait to read that one 5y
rachellayown Seconding Station Eleven!! 5y
mauveandrosysky @CherylDeFranceschi @rachellayown loooved Station Eleven. I wish I could think of more that are similar to it! 5y
mauveandrosysky @JenP dying to read The Power but have to wait until October 😭we're already planning ahead for it for my book club though, haha 5y
LeahBergen I had a friend recommend this one but I haven't read it 5y
JenP @vivastory @mauveandrosysky I caved and ordered it from the U.K. because I was too impatient to wait 5y
Sha0102 Stephen King's The stand? Havent read myself yet. 5y
Sha0102 Havent read yet. 5y
BooksForEmpathy Hi! Just came across this and thought you might want to take a look! There's some great ones on this list. http://ew.com/books/handmaids-tale-books-to-read/invasion-of-the-tearling-by-eri... (edited) 5y
mauveandrosysky @BooksForEmpathy awesome, thank you!! 💕 5y
Yournewfriendsams I dunno if these fit the bill the Hugh Howey series (Wool, Dust, Shift) has really stuck with me. (edited) 5y
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bitterbear
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Nebklvr
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A very beautiful cover for a book about an ugly subject. What happens when you become a very public embarrassment to very powerful men? These young women find out... A very brutal story.

bitterbear It was brutal but I loved it... 5y
bitterbear I loved that one and she's Australian too. 5y
Nebklvr @bitterbear Thanks for the book rec? Have you read 5y
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Conservio
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It was okay. A 3/5 for me. I'm more of a genre reader and I think this was more of a "literary" book.

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Conservio
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Oops tagged this under the wrong title. Time for a survival story! Told from the viewpoint of two young woman whom wake up in an unknown room. Only to find themselves with other women that were kidnapped. Takes place in Australia #Australia #TBR #survival

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Joanne1
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Oh boy, the most exciting thing happened to me this afternoon. I was listening to the latest #readingwomen podcast and they mentioned me (well my maiden name because I still use it for my email address)!! I had emailed them about the Australian women's writing award the Stellar Prize and they were talking about a past winner (see comment) so I reckoned this book which is just incredible and won last year. I think that means I'm famous right?

Joanne1 Also check out stellar winner 5y
Joanne1 And this year's winner which I'm about to read 5y
Cinfhen That's wonderful 5y
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ClairesReads Love this book so 5y
MrsMalaprop Cool! Read them both. Loved them both. Haven't read The Strays yet though. 5y
Sace Totally famous 😊 5y
thereadingwomen You're totally famous. 😊 5y
Joanne1 @ClairesReads so good!! @MrsMalaprop I'm so looking forward The Strays and The Museum of Modern Love. I have them both loaded onto my kindle. 5y
Victoria_Clyne Oh wow. Definitely famous. 5y
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Reagan
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I'm recovering. When I finished, I was reading a review and it referred to this book as feminist horror, and that hit the nail on the head. I'm not sure what the beep I just read, but I liked it. Style wise, the writing kind of reminded me of The Enchanted which is one of my all time faves. Weird. Read it, and enjoy the depressing and beautiful ride.

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Reagan
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I have a question on a take home midterm about library layout. Since this is basically my second home, I'll just read and soak in the ambiance while the little plays on the computer. 📚💤😴

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Reagan
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What is happening!

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mostlycatsandcoffee
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Wow. This was quite a read. Not for the faint of heart, I tell ya. Gritty. Raw. A dystopian commentary on the female sex.

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Bookish_AF
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I really enjoyed this book. It is reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies" in a bleak (so very bleak) modern day dystopia full of patriarchy and policing of women's bodies. Hard to put down despite the disturbing nature. A dark, visceral read that is a bit too close to real life for comfort.

Nebklvr That ending!?! 5y
Bookish_AF @Nebklvr I know what you mean!!! 5y
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Bookish_AF
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Started reading this last weekend and then depressingly enough I had almost no time at all to read during the week. Excited for the weekend so I can get some reading in!

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Women wake up drugged and imprisoned in remote Australia. Why? How? This dystopian novel is not my usual read AT ALL but today this spoke to me. It fits the sort of mood I am in right now. Here's a review from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2016/07/26/487485581/dystopian-novel-challenges-misogyny-as-t... #feministreads

Zelma I heard this was pretty harrowing. The cover is amazing and Europa always published great books but I don't think I can do this one. 6y
BookishMarginalia @Zelma I would have said the same thing, but it called to me. I'll give it a try and see how it goes. 6y
feministtexican Ooh, I've actually been meaning to pick this one up. 6y
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Gleefulreader I have this on my shelf and am looking forward to it! 6y
AAdamson Do report back. I wasn't sure I could do this one. Will wait and see what you think. 6y
LeahBergen I thought this one sounded good, too. 👍🏼 6y
Lauredhel This book is intense but amazing. A worthy Stella winner. 🏆 6y
lauralovesbooks1 Got this one for Christmas. Looking forward to ot! 6y
[DELETED] 3323341091 it is a great read. 6y
Cinfhen I can't handle books that harm young girls, sounds like this may be one of those kinds!?!? Let me know because otherwise I'm so in! 6y
MrsMalaprop It is intense and harrowing but Charlotte Wood's writing is such that it's not too much IMO @Cinfhen @AAdamson @Zelma. I've read three of her books and would recommend Animal People to those who read and liked this one @Lauredhel @fern. 6y
bitterbear This had an Atwood feel... I loved it. 6y
bitterbear @SMW Awesome I'm definitely going to check this out... I sorta felt this novel was an allegory for rape.. It broke my heart. The things we do to survive. 6y
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bitterbear
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Ecuadorian chocolate and an Australian novel... aren't I international. @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled #24in48

Christine I really want to read this one! Looking forward to your thoughts/review. :) 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled So glad youre fortified with dark chocolate for the #24in48!! 😋 6y
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Truth bombs... #24in48

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Babs_book_obsession
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Wow! This is dark and intense and amazing. I loved the writing, I was there. This was gripping.

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DogMomIrene
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Love these, but here's a great example of my out-of-control TBR pile. I remembered nothing about this book. Nothing. Then I click, read the description, go all "Squirrel!" Like the Up dog, & now I want to request one of the available copies from my library, even though we were just there yesterday. Plus I'm supposed to be reading more of the books I've bought, & I'd like to focus on authors who will be at Tucson Festival of Books.
#bookproblems

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mischa
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Just ... holy shit.

Reviewsbylola I have this one on my #tbr 6y
mischa @reviewsbylola Be warned, I found it difficult to put down once I started it! 6y
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mischa
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First day back at work after the Christmas period. Going to finally crack this baby open during my lunch break!

MrsMalaprop Ooh, enjoy. Read it last summer. Look forward to hearing your review. 6y
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Bookofmirth
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Nope. No explanation was given for the situation these women found themselves in, and given that it was a highly unusual situation (they were in what seemed like a prison for being promiscuous/implying promiscuity or just being human beings complete with sexuality) that was really necessary. I don't mind being left w/ questions at the end of a book, but this was ridiculous.

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Yolanda and Verla's feminism at the end where they choose their future, not to be bound, determined, not even transported by anyone else, is the brilliance of this text. The narrative arc took a long time to develop; initially it seemed absent and I almost gave up from frustration. I feel now, whether intentional or not, the movement from the vagueness of their definition by others to complete agency and self determination is matched by the plot.

MariettaSG Another thing I appreciate about this book is that it doesn't solve one stereotype with another, it doesn't solve gender inequality by having females behave in a manner often stereotyped as male. Yolanda's rabbit hunting and Verla's death cap plan do not ring with the aggression or violence stereotypically (and in my opinion incorrectly and narrowmindedly) assigned to males. They, irrespective of gender, choose and take control of these actions. 6y
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Sue
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Kindle sales are both the best and the worst. I now have about 50 books (not even an exaggeration) that I would like to read during my 3 weeks off in January. Given that it takes me about 4 hours to read a 360 ish page book, if I read for 10 hours a day, that's achievable right? 😂😂😂

Zelma I may have just jumped in B&N when reading your post and bought 4 books. It's possible. 😳😜 6y
Sue @Zelma I'm very happy to be your enabler. I hope you enjoy them!! 6y
Zelma @Sue 😂 this is site full of enablers! I can't decide between Pax or The Nest for this evening's reading. (I also bought Bird Box and Three Dark Crowns but am saving those for the right mood.) 6y
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Amandajoy It sounds like you have a solid plan of attack. 👍 6y
Sue @Zelma I'm happy to be one of amazing many :) @Amandajoy I certainly have a calculator and some unrealistic expectations 😂 6y
Zelma @BookishTrish done! Thanks! 😁 6y
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Tcip
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@LeahsBookNest the package came!! I am excited to rest these!

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MandaChittles
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A group of women wake up in a rural Australian property with nothing. Their clothes are gone, their heads are shaved, they're waking from being drugged and they have no idea why they're there. And neither do the two grotesque men keeping them hostage and working them like slaves. Absolutely brutal. Difficult to read but difficult to put down....

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Joanne1
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So many good 2016 reads. New female Australian authors were a particular theme as this collection demonstrates.

LeeRHarry Some great choices there 😊 6y
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mischa
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The first book that popped into my head as having flowers on the cover. It has been sitting beside my bed in my TBRSOON pile for months, just waiting for the right mood to strike. #funFridayphoto

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TorchlightReading
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Dear lord... is this really how society thinks women can be treated? I'm sure it's an exaggeration, but it terrifies me to my very core. This book may not be for the faint hearted, but it will take a hold of you and force you to think. I couldn't get it out of my mind.

#feverdream

MariettaSG I also ask the question: is this how society sees all men? 6y
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TorchlightReading
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My personal rap song... currently reading THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS! And the New York Times Book Review, because more books. Hopefully Steinbeck approves...
#BooksfromSteinbeck @Liberty

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Lindy
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She shared it, this dull fear and hatred of her body. It had bloomed inside her all her life, purged but regrowing, unstoppable, every month: this dark weed and the understanding that she was meat, was born to make meat.

MMFinck Shivers 6y
Lindy @MMF Exactly! This book is dark. 6y
mauveandrosysky I loved this book so, so much. 6y
Lindy @mauveandrosysky Me too. I'm not ready to start another prose novel because this one is still affecting me. 6y
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