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The Candy House
The Candy House | Jennifer Egan
From one of the most dazzling and iconic writers of our time and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity, privacy, and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own--featuring characters from A Visit from the Goon Squad. It's 2010. Staggeringly successful and brilliant tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea. He's forty, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or "externalizing" memory. Within a decade, Bix's new technology, Own Your Unconscious--that allows you access to every memory you've ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others--has seduced multitudes. But not everyone. In spellbinding linked narratives, Egan spins out the consequences of Own Your Unconscious through the lives of multiple characters whose paths intersect over several decades. Egan introduces these characters in an astonishing array of styles--from omniscient to first person plural to a duet of voices, an epistolary chapter, and a chapter of tweets. In the world of Egan's spectacular imagination, there are "counters" who track and exploit desires and there are "eluders," those who understand the price of taking a bite of the Candy House. Intellectually dazzling and extraordinarily moving, The Candy House is a bold, brilliant imagining of a world that is moments away. With a focus on social media, gaming, and alternate worlds, you can almost experience moving among dimensions in a role-playing game.? Egan takes her "deeply intuitive forays into the darker aspects of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture" (Vogue) to stunning new heights and delivers a fierce and exhilarating testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, family, privacy and redemption.
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

As much a collection of interconnected short stories as a novel. I did enjoy the variation in style from section to section. Spy manual/log format and 'See Below' email correspondence sections I found to be particularly captivating. I'll admit the teenage inner monologue section was a tough read, just pacing wise. I feel like this book took a lot more effort to read than I was expecting, maybe just personal timing? 1/?

Robotswithpersonality That Thoreau quote about "lives of quiet desperation" kept coming back to me, this author seems particularly skilled at revealing a balance of petty and humbled moments, delving into the mindset/psychology of characters, leaving no doubt as to their 'authenticity'. 2/?

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Robotswithpersonality I have not previously encountered a speculative fiction novel where the sci fi elements are so pushed to the background to focus on the human elements, I appreciate the novelty. Veers into horror a bit as well, discussing surveillance, body horror in regards to tech installed (or suspicion of installation) in body, the concept of online presence being a shell someone else can fill like a hermit crab. Yikes. 😬 3/?

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Robotswithpersonality Amplifying personal issues with increasingly more disturbing involvement of tech advances made me think passingly of 'Tell The Machine Goodnight.'

Also getting 'The Overstory' vibes, bouncing between perspectives, thematically related, interpersonally connected people, though it may not appear so at first glance. 4/?

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Robotswithpersonality ⚠️Substance use disorder/addiction, depression, suicide attempt, consent issues around agent pretending to be interested in sex with violent men, one moment of transphobia. 5/6

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Robotswithpersonality I'm curious as to the reaction to what appears to be a neurotypical white woman writing representation of non-neuotypical/atypical people as well as mixed race/racial ambiguity, the latter of which are not just represented but put forward as identities with unique, advantageous social capital. 6/6 2w
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Robotswithpersonality
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Here's hoping the current, and later, generations, are feeling free to change what they're doing, even in their fifties.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Loving my new @ReadingGlasses tee!

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KristiAhlers
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This is a pick with an addendum. Read A Visit From The Goon Squad first. Otherwise you may be a bit confused. I can understand why this is part of #TimeMagazineTop100Readsof2022. It‘s got depth and great interconnection between the various storylines but may not be for everyone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - this was fantastic…loved the layers and convergence…the commentary on shared experiences through social media.

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Vansa
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#12Booksof2022 This is going to be more like a..50 books or something,no way I can keep it at a book a month!These are among my favourite books of the year,of January,reviews below
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4553938663
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4466792690
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4464256654

BarbaraBB This is cool, linking to those GR reviews, thanks! 1mo
Andrew65 Good choices. 1mo
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AmyG
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People can now upload their unconscious, forming groups of people who share the same memories…creating a more complete memory of a moment in time. A story of memory, memories, nostalgia, loss of privacy, new beginnings. Brilliantly written. My favorite of 2022. I can‘t stop thinking about it.

bthegood sounds good - thx for review - it is stacked 🙂 2mo
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ashw21
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This book, hard to describe is a series of inter-connected stories set in the present and the future about the impact of technology. It starts off with a character called Bix who comes up with a social media platform where you can upload your thoughts to be shared with friends. The book has an unusual structure and a plethora of characters, some I couldn't keep track of but I enjoyed her writing which is very clever, creative, and fun.

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fredamans
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Eggs 👏🏻 🍯 🖤 4mo
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TheSpineView
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fredamans I chose the same. 4mo
Eggs Pretty 🤩 4mo
TheSpineView @fredamans Great minds!🤩📚📘 4mo
TheSpineView @Eggs 👍📘 4mo
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fredamans
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Eggs 🍭🎃🍫 4mo
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AlizaApp
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I didn‘t know I wanted a sequel to visit from the goon squad, but this was great. Interlocking stories in a techno-dystopian future.

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mjtwo
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25-30 Aug 22 (audiobook)
Egan tells a somewhat convoluted narrative of technology and spyware and family dynamics through a multitude of voices over several decades. I may not have realised all the connections or have always followed the greater narrative arc but (like Goon Squad) I enjoyed it. Some chapters succeeded more than others but most were interesting.
The audiobook with each character/chapter voiced by a different actor was fantastic.

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DHill
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This book. THIS BOOK! Chapters told from alternating narrators. Some so good, others less engaging but overall this was a fantastic story. Longing, loss, love, connection.

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DHill
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I didn‘t know what this was about before starting but it‘s an intriguing start.

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vlwelser
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Mehso-so

Not sure this would make any sense without the previous book. And it's good. But possibly unnecessary to my life. Read this for my secondary IRL book club. Probably not even attending the meeting but whatever.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
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Kimberlone
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An excellent successor to A Visit From the Goon Squad. Storylines and characters are revisited from the first novel, and a new generation of characters caught in the same web are introduced. The future hinted at at the end of Goon Squad has now come to pass. The technologies are not much different from what is seen in the dystopian Black Mirror, but there‘s an optimism in this novel that is rarely explored on the tv show.

Kimberlone My favorite chapter came, surprisingly, near the end and is told entirely through emails. Another very inventive chapter is really effectively written in the second person. 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Creative read that consists of interconnected stories about a wide range of characters. I really enjoyed this book, maybe even more than Goon Squad. 😁

I think my favorite perspective came from Lincoln. I loved seeing things through his eyes and learning how his mind worked.

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed this Goon Squad follow up book. The background theme has to do with a memory storing platform but most characters opt out of storing their memories. It‘s mostly about people in a technological advanced world. I really liked this one. I think I liked Goon Squad but I definitely recommend this is you enjoyed its predecessor.

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BeeMagical
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Bailedbailed

😬 This one was just too confusing for me. Maybe another day🫤 - 23%

Suet624 I bailed too. 7mo
vlwelser Great.... Because A Visit from the Goon Squad wasn't confusing at all. 😂 Thank you for the warning. 7mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Panpan

Not sure this held up to the hype. Many different points of view that are kinda sorta connected but not really. At first, I liked the idea of the novel but it just didn‘t pan out. This book was all over the place and the ending was just strange. Book #40 in 2022

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KarenUK
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The writing in this novel of interconnected stories is fabulous. And though I was both moved and gripped by many of the threads, I found that I didn‘t connect consistently. Some of these took my breath away, yet others I found cold, keeping me at arms length. But maybe that was the point? The speculative concept of memories and technology combined, was fascinating and unnerving. Challenging, but definitely worth it, as Eagan‘s talent just shines.

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cariashley
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I was worried that I‘d miss a lot of references to Goon Squad since I read it so many years ago, but that wasn‘t really an issue. I know I didn‘t love it as much though - Goon Squad just felt so unique at the time, like nothing I‘d ever read. That being said, this was definitely entertaining and worth it - some sections are just stronger than others.

Megabooks Agreed! 8mo
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BkClubCare
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Bingo! This square at R3C3 completes C3 as my possibly only May2022 #BookSpinBingo. I loved this linked collection of short stories and it readies me for week 1 of #CampTOB discussions.

Ruthiella Congratulations on BINGO! 🥳 8mo
BkClubCare Whoa! This is only the second Esther pic in 4 weeks?! #DogsofLitsy 8mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - Thanks Ruthiella! I hope you are well. Are you going to get any/all TOB camp books read? 8mo
Ruthiella I‘m definitely going to read Either/Or. I‘m definitely skipping Young Mungo (Shuggie was so sad...I can‘t do it again). The rest are solid maybes based on time and library availability. 8mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - those are my thoughts! I remember you, too, liked The Idiot. And I am not drawn to the sadness of Young Mungo. 8mo
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BkClubCare
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My mom would tell me that the friends I made in HS won‘t last. Funny how that was true. #situational #NoreenisDERANGEDbutyetawesome

Tamra I keep repeating to my kids not to take all the drama in school seriously for that reason. 😉 8mo
BkClubCare @Tamra - I believe my mom would say “the friends you make in college will be lifelong” so I internalized that to mean the HS ones would not. And honestly, verdict is still out! 🤣 (so far, many online book friends have endured!) 8mo
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BkClubCare
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“… tweezing forkfuls of turkey or PECAN PIE through a rectangular mouth slot.” #PieinLiterature #ILovePie

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ClairesReads
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Jennifer Egan proves again she is a master of the cultural zeitgeist and the interconnected vignette in The Candy House. A Visit from the Goon Squad is as near to pitch perfect as a novel can get for me, and The Candy House is a worthy follow up which I loved. In it, Egan captures the cultural concerns of a generation, extrapolating them out into an imagined future. Complex, gritty, ambitious, and challenging. There is much to love here.

Cinfhen I love your cover/ edition 🥰so eye catching 🤩 9mo
BarbaraBB What @Cinfhen says 🥰 9mo
AmyG I am so happy to read this is good. I loved Goon Squad. (edited) 9mo
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ClairesReads @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB it‘s so good looking isn‘t it?! 9mo
ClairesReads @AmyG I was worried too but it‘s fab! 9mo
Megabooks Great review! 9mo
ClairesReads @Megabooks thank you! 9mo
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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 The publisher‘s summary of this book was so intriguing. I thought it was going to become an instant favorite.

Nope

Boring. The characters are forgettable.

It was interesting. Technically advanced near future amps up what we have with today‘s social media addiction. I enjoyed the humor. There were multiple stories & multiple narrators. Complicated. Maybe it‘s too on the nose. The last 10% improved.

I couldn‘t wait for it to end.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Floresj
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I wasn‘t a big fan of the Good Squad, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Intersecting characters are given a chapter that changed in time and style to keep the plot moving in an interesting clip. Some characters are better than others, but overall this is a fun read!

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Abailliekaras
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Brilliant. I inhaled this and remembered why I loved Visit to the Goon Squad - the sense of fun and play, while touching on serious issues like AI & our selves as a commodity. The writing is lively & propulsive, the characters leap off the page & I loved the inventiveness of the different voices & styles. Her sense of humour and the mastery of language, craft & verve in each sentence reminds me of David Foster Wallace. A great read.

Megabooks I love that edition! 9mo
Abailliekaras @Megabooks it‘s a great cover 😍 9mo
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Lindy
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The day I finished listening to the outstanding full cast audiobook, I picked up my library hold for the print edition. I‘ve been flipping through to see how some of the more unusual sections look on the page, reading bits here and there. I felt so emotional I had to stop & look outside at trees instead… oh, this world we live in… will we find a way forward through the capitalist exploitation of our personal data? This book is about consequences.

sarahbarnes Waiting impatiently for my library hold on this one to come in! I‘m wondering if I should reread Goon Squad in the meantime. 9mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Goon Squad is such a pleasure, I say go for it. You don‘t need to have ever read it to enjoy Candy House, but many of the characters from Goon Squad make an appearance, mostly the kids who are now adults. 9mo
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Lindy
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She is convinced that spyware remains within her body, citing the following symptoms as evidence:
- A tendency to think aphoristically in the second person, as required for her mission‘s Field Instructions (eg, “Reading books about babies sleeping may not result in your babies sleeping more”).

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“You can‘t just cut off a label with scissors because that leaves a prickly label stub that‘s worse than the label itself. Mom snips each tiny, nearly invisible stitch that attaches the label to the shirt, using minuscule scissors that have to be special-ordered from Germany and stored in a deionized glass cylinder or they will lose their sharpness overnight.”

[Insert time for me to travel down an internet rabbit hole after reading this.]

ReadingEnvy Gotta love research rabbit holes. I wonder if that can be true, scissors that are that precarious? 9mo
CBee The label description - absolutely true. I‘ve been known to cut the threads entirely, though not with special German micro scissors 😂😂 9mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I didn‘t find information about maintaining sharpness in microscissors, unfortunately. 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
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Lindy @CBee Me too. Scratchy labels are terrible! 9mo
CBee @Lindy small nail scissors work fabulously for those tiny threads 😂😊 9mo
Lindy @CBee Good tip 😊 9mo
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Lindy
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We contemplated a nationwide billboard campaign to remind people of that eternal law, Nothing is free! Only children expect otherwise, even as myths and fairytales warn us: Rumplestiltskin, King Midas, Hansel and Gretel. Never trust a candy house!

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I just realized that this is why I was so eager to sell the home our kids grew up in: I'm not in the museum business.

“His father had died two months ago, of ALS. The complaints about climate-compromised snow were over; Sunday dinners were over; the family home in Chelsea would soon be over, his mother having already declared that she planned to sell it. 'I‘m not in the museum business,' she‘d said.“

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Holding my phone, looking out at twinkling Lake Michigan, I understood with sudden clarity that doing the right thing—being right—gets you nothing in this world. It‘s the sinners everyone loves: the flailers, the scramblers, the bumblers. There was nothing sexy about getting it right the first time.

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cariashley
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Squeeee my preorders finally arrived!! 🤗🤗 I‘m so, so excited for both of these!

ErikasMindfulShelf Sea of Tranquility was really good! 10mo
Megabooks I enjoyed both!! Have fun 🤩🤩 10mo
Sophronisba I am loving Sea of Tranquility. 10mo
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Megabooks
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I enjoyed reading about the characters from A Visit from the Goon Squad again. This novel is very readable, despite the eclectic storytelling. However, I‘m not sure it‘s as memorable as its predecessor. I really appreciate the risks she takes and how creative each section is. If you liked Goon Squad, check out what the gang is up to in the social media and beyond era. The #audiobook is full cast and EXTREMELY well produced! Springtime #audiowalk

sarahbarnes Ah, just now seeing this! Great review! 10mo
Cinfhen So I didn‘t like / finish Goon Squad… will I enjoy this one?? It‘s already on #Scribd 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen in short, no 💜 (edited) 10mo
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Megabooks @sarahbarnes thanks!! 10mo
Cinfhen That‘s what I thought / thanks 😘 10mo
Cinfhen Beautiful photo 🤩 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! It‘s the first fully green tree in our neighborhood. 10mo
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Bookalong
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This will be one of thoes books that doesn't jive with everyone. Egan is a writer of fierce talent as she weaves us through characters and decades with such elegance. Throughout reading this I was desperate for the pre internet era, before everyone had a cellphone. Technology has its ups and downs and I loved how Egan examines this. The Candy House is one of thoes books that makes you think and refelect, it makes you work for the payoff.

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Jebpix
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Mehso-so

A Visit from the Goon Squad is one of my all-time favorite books so I was very excited to read The Candy House. I went back and forth on whether to reread Good Squad before delving in to The Candy House and in the end decided not to do the reread since I figured most readers wouldn't do that. I think I would have enjoyed The Candy House more if I had. (Continued)

Jebpix I liked the writing style and the various viewpoints (similar to Goon Squad) but I had a really hard time keeping the characters straight and I found myself having vague recollections of certain people but I never had enough context to fully remember them.

This book will be published on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Thank you #NetGalley for this #ARC!
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Vansa
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Getting back to this,because it makes me think about books I love!#ProfessionalBookNerdsChallenge
Day10-books that made me happy cry.Jennifer Egan's Time duology are among the best books I've read.they combine her trenchant wit with poignance,and both have made me happy cry.Full review here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4553938663

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Surprise #bookmail today!

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Vansa
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Such an absolutely triumphant return to form. This book is every bit as moving, as joyous and as human as Visit from the goon squad

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plemmdog
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Bailedbailed

I LOVED Visit From the Goon Squad and The Keep AND I‘ve never won an advanced reader‘s copy from Goodreads till now, BUT….so far I‘m not into this one. I may have to come back to it. Maybe I‘m just done with dystopias for now…

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Vansa
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #SundaySoapbox
Visit from the GOon Squad is one of my favourite books, and I can't wait to read this one.SImilarly with Jess Walter-I loved Beautiful RUins so much! Free Love sounds so interesting.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!! 🙌🏻📚 13mo
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Mel
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Happy Friday all! Super excited about this Arc! #NetGalley #thecandyhouse