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The Fell
The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Summerwater, The Fell is a novel for our times - the story of a woman in quarantine who can't take it any more and goes hill-walking at dusk . . .
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This novel brings us back to the lockdown in 2020, following the lives of four characters over one evening. I love the intimate observations told through the characters‘ internal monologues..there‘s so much insight and truth in them. Love the writing, and skilfully done, the story is quite tense, at times, witty, as it explores relationships and human connections during the lockdown.

rmaclean4 Loved this novel. 1mo
TrishB I loved this ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived Great review 🤍 1mo
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eraderneely
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Soaking up the baby cuddles because one day soon he‘s not going to nap on me anymore.

Sarah Moss as always creates a sense of dread. I‘m enjoying this one and a lot of the commentary on different reactions to the pandemic/lockdowns, but it may be just a bit too soon. I‘m not sure if I might have enjoyed it more with a little more distance.

squirrelbrain Aw, cutie! ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Lovely pic ❤️ I enjoyed the read, but yes may be a bit too soon! 1mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 1mo
marleed I love this pic! Enjoy this time - they really are 5-star days! 1mo
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sarahbarnes
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I really enjoy Sarah Moss‘ writing style, and this book was no exception. Similarly to Summerwater, she zooms into the details of her characters‘ inner lives to tell a larger story, in this case the experience of the pandemic.

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KarenUK
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Didn‘t like this as much as Summerwater, but still loved the writing. It‘s a pandemic tale about neighbors in the English countryside, as Kate heads out on a hill walk with dire consequences. The loneliness and isolation struggles are so relatable, and the way Moss writes inner monologues, with all the minutiae of everyday lives, always feels so intimate. A quiet, affecting novel by a writer who captures the human condition with subtlety and ease.

EvieBee Great review! 2mo
Jas16 I really loved this one. 2mo
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

Some books are physically hard for me to read. When I get one, it is hard for me to separate my discomfort from feelings about it.

This was extremely slow-paced. I didn‘t get a great feel for the characters nor was there a whole lot of plot. Despite loving Summerwater, this was a miss.

A woman under quarantine in 2020, goes for a walk in the hills. When she doesn‘t return, her son is forced to alert the police risking a fine they can‘t afford.

Cinfhen This was a miss for me too!! I just wasn‘t feeling the story or anything about Covid. 2mo
Lyssa131330 I find that too! I was physically unwell for much of last year (my beautiful baby was a terrible foetus) and it‘s hard for me to know if I didn‘t like books I read then or didn‘t like feeling like I was going to vomit on the books lol 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved Summerwater too but most other books by Moss were a so-so for me somehow. 2mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, I‘m enjoying some pandemic set fiction, but yeah, this was a miss. 2mo
Megabooks @Lyssa131330 ugh, sorry you had a rough pregnancy. 💜 it‘s so true that how you feel physically can affect your opinion! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yeah, I think I‘m going to library it in the future. Speaking of library, I‘m second in line for this that releases here Tuesday. 🤞🏻 the first person passes 2mo
BarbaraBB Another Kawakami! I hadn‘t even heard of it. I‘ll check online if it has been released in Europe yet! Looking forward to your review! 2mo
BarbaraBB Pre-ordered it 🙈 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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A pandemic novel which is really a character study which is really a look at human psychology, this is a simple story of a woman frustrated by isolating and thus going for a walk, only with a lot more truly going on. I think Moss‘s writing is glorious and I love how she gets into the heads of these characters. I loved this (and love the UK cover).

BarbaraBB I stacked and unstacked this book before but your review really makes me want to read it. 3mo
Megabooks I ordered it from bd because the us cover is so ugly 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I don‘t blame you—I wouldn‘t want this gross thing on my shelf when the other cover is just stunning. What were they thinking?!? 3mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB On the up side, it‘s quite short, so even if you end up disliking it, at least it won‘t take much of your time. Given that it‘s a pandemic novel, I think you just have to approach it when you‘re open to that content, otherwise you may not be happy. 3mo
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Oryx
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As with Summerwater, I really liked this, but wanted to get to know the characters more. We only get a fleeting glimpse. But lovely writing, and will act as a record of a strange time. And thanks to @scripturient for getting me onto this one!

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rmaclean4
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I love her writing. This felt a little underdeveloped, but still enjoyed this slight novel. 3.5 🌟

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Abailliekaras
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Mehso-so

A tightly written, short novel set during the pandemic as Kate struggles with a 14 day isolation. Her decision to go for a walk creates tension which builds as we worry about Kate & her son. Moss is brilliant at capturing the loneliness & disconnect of lockdown but also the compassion & humanity, with spare prose & dry wit. I found it hard to sympathise with Kate so didn‘t love this but Moss slowly reveals how her struggles pre-date this crisis.

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Cinfhen
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I believe #ItsMeNotYou but this book failed to move me. Under 200 pages and I was often bored. It‘s November 2020 & the world is facing yet ANOTHER lockdown. Kate, a single mum is growing antsy from being cooped up so she breaks the mandated quarantine by going out for a solitary hike on a craggy fell, leaving behind her 16yr old son. When she fails to return he must decide to stay quiet or risk getting help. I‘m SO OVER COVID. 👇🏽

Cinfhen I just wasn‘t up for a pandemic story especially one that‘s analyzed to extremes. It‘s a re-hashing of policy failures and recriminations. I can see why others loved it but wrong timing for me. 4mo
rockpools I love Sarah Moss. But I might save this for a year or six 😕 4mo
TrishB Ahh 😌 I can see what you mean, but I loved it. 4mo
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Hooked_on_books I loved Summerwater, but I think you‘re spot on about the timing on this one. I‘m sure I‘ll read it anyway. 😉 4mo
Cinfhen I LOVED Summerwater too @Hooked_on_books @TrishB @rockpools and this was very similar in style but the pandemic arc was something that already felt “dated” - just bad timing but certainly well written.. 4mo
BarbaraBB I had it stacked but am unstacking after reading your review. I have been disappointed by Moss‘s books always, except for the fantastic Summerwater. 4mo
AnneCecilie I‘m sorry you didn‘t love this one. But not every book is for everyone, but from the comments here maybe I should look up Summerwater. 4mo
Cinfhen It was really me @AnneCecilie I just wasn‘t up for a pandemic novel. But you should definitely try 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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Set during the pandemic. A woman in isolation decides to go on a walk and she falls. Through the story we follow her, her son, the neighbor and the rescue team.

The book doesn‘t moralize on the decision to break the isolation, but it does focus on the different aspects of it. The rescue team that are putting themselves at risk and if the woman has COVID, the area won‘t have rescuers. The son home alone. The neighbor who is shielding.

AnneCecilie It also looks at what happens to people living in times of isolation and shielding, and how society turn on people breaking the rules. 4mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen tagging you since you wanted to know my opinion of the book. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m about to read this one next!! Thanks so much for the tag 💕💕💕 4mo
TrishB Great review, I agree it let you judge yourself. 4mo
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EmilyM
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A woman is supposed to be quarantining for 14 days, but she heads out for a hike that takes a bad turn. Very introspective as the narrative focuses on the inner thoughts of the characters. It took me a bit to get used to the stream of consciousness, but the author accurately captured a lot of the fear and panic that occurred in the beginning of the pandemic. I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 #netgalley

erzascarletbookgasm I love S Moss.I want to read this! 4mo
EmilyM @erzascarletbookgasm What else is good by her? 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I find Bodies of Light and Summerwater really good. 4mo
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Jas16
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I didn't think I was ready to read a book set during the pandemic but I could not ignore a new Sarah Moss. Honestly, this book proves again why she is a writer I will jump to read. In less than 200 pages she manages to give us such a complete, vivid peek into the heads of four distinct individuals as they go through one day of November 2020. It is intense and gripping and makes me want to immediately read all of her books that I have not yet read.

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CindiB
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It‘s November 2020 and Kate is in quarantine and she can‘t stand it anymore and goes for a walk, at dusk. She falls and badly injures herself. This novella was thought provoking, it demonstrates compassion, lack of compassion, it‘s witty and wise. Each chapter tells the story of the five characters and what I really liked was how none of their stories were neatly tied up at the end. It‘s all left hanging. Interesting; a definite re-read. 5/5

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve got this stacked. Loved Sarah Moss. Great to know it‘s a five star read for you. 6mo
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jhod
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Thanks Helen for the tag, finally got round to my #top21of21 though reckon I will only get to 75 overall so this is quite a large chunk of what I read! Haven't finished the tagged book yet but think I should and will definitely be in this list! @squirrelbrain

The Fell Sarah Moss
The Heavens Sandra Newman
Holding her Breath Eimear Ryan
The Promise Damon Galgut
The Searcher Tama French
No One is Talking About This Patricia Lockwood

Continued...

jhod
Lean Fall Stand Jon McGregor Unsettled Ground Claire Fuller
Meet Me in Another Life Catriona Silvey
Mimi Lucy Ellmann
Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters
Consent Annabel Lyon
Klara and the Sun Kazuo Ishiguro
The House at Midnight Lucie Whitehouse
Convenience Store Woman Sayaka Murata
Transcendent Kingdon Yaa Gyasi
The Light Years Elizabeth Jane Howard
Redhead by the Side of the Road Anne Tyler
Kindred Octavia E Butler
Piranesi Susanna Clarke
Monogamy Sue Miller
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squirrelbrain I think we have two the same, but so many of yours were ‘nearly there‘ on my #top21of21! 6mo
jhod @squirrelbrain ooh do give me your top recommend from your list then?! 6mo
squirrelbrain I don‘t think I could choose Jess, although the Lockwood would be up there…. Perhaps Still Life, or Cloud Cuckoo Land or…😁 6mo
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TrishB
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As always, I‘m in awe of Moss‘s writing. Not an easy read and if you‘re in pandemic sadness/frustration/fed up - then it‘s probably not the book to read now.
She writes so cleverly and with such insight. I‘m sure we‘ve all had many of these thoughts over the past couple of years.

Jas16 I was already excited about reading this one but your review has amped up my excitement even more. 6mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 6mo
TrishB @Jas16 I hope you like it 😁 6mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain thank you 😘 6mo
BarbaraBB I am in pandemic sadness but yet like to read about it anyway. For solidarity reasons. 6mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB you will find much solidarity in this then. I felt seen, all those horrible thoughts you have in lockdown, all here. 6mo
BarbaraBB I‘m stacking! 6mo
Caroline2 I‘m defo not ready for this yet then. 😬 6mo
TrishB @Caroline2 no, it‘s quite raw about the pandemic and lockdowns. 6mo
Kalalalatja A new Moss! I‘m so behind 😅 6mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja quick! There‘s time 😁 6mo
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Twocougs
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I enjoy every book Sarah Miss writes. This one is intense. You feel the characters fear and pain. And so relevant in our pandemic times.

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TrishB
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/29/sarah-moss-the-rhetoric-during-loc...

This sounds fab! But 131 pages - that‘s not a book 😁 very tempted still.
Out next week (U.K.)

squirrelbrain Definitely not a whole book! 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain half a book! 8mo
LeahBergen A novella! 8mo
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BarbaraBB She‘s a writing machine! 8mo
TrishB @LeahBergen but still full price 😁 8mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB she is! 8mo
Caroline2 Meh. Dunno if I‘m ready for lockdown reads yet. 😬 8mo
Libby1 I pick up my signed copy tomorrow. 😊 7mo
TrishB @Libby1 I put it on my Christmas list. Hoping it‘s worth the wait! 7mo
Libby1 @TrishB me too! 7mo
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