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The Sentence
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"The new rules for being alive kept changing."

Something about this line hit hard. She is talking about the beginning of the new days. That time where the WHO & CDC were changing their recommendations what felt like daily. This line feels exactly right.

Soubhiville It definitely does. Well put. 9h
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Stunning! This story is filled with brilliant, authentic characters, books, spirits, and activism, all set in the middle of a pandemic year and the George Floyd tragedy. It starts slow but halfway in, I didn‘t want to put it down. Powerful and timely, I wish every person would read this book. Erdrich is at the top of her game and this book embodies the discomfort, fear, and pain of the last 2 years but still manages to be uplifting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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donnab108
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This was my first Louise Erdrich book, I have always been a bit intimidated to read her books though I have always felt I would like them. Her writing in this book was beautiful. In the beginning I was afraid the story was not for me and wasn't sure I really like the main character. As I read on, I was hooked. I have Love Medicine on my shelf and plan to read it before the year is over.

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rachelsbrittain
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New books, new books!

HeatherBookNerd Loved The Sentence! 3d
rachelsbrittain @HeatherBookNerd same! I couldn't resist getting a copy for myself 3d
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#2022Book49
All I knew about this story going into it was that it was about a woman who dies and then starts haunting the bookstore she frequented. I didn‘t realize it was going to be both heartbreaking and heartwarming and show the importance of being true to yourself while also learning to lean on your family and friends.

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Ok, late to the party. I‘ve never read any of Erdrich‘s books but I couldn‘t resist ghost haunting a bookstore!

Linsy It is a great premise! Excited to hear what you think! 5d
Tamra Hope you love it! 5d
Magslhalliday I really enjoyed this one! 4d
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Hazel2019
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a timely novel, weaving some of the quite recent events of police brutality as well as the pandemic into the lives of an indigenous family and their friends. I loved the writing, quite humorous at times even though dealing with quite difficult topics. Oh yeah, and there are ghosts. And the story does get a bit spooky at times. I might need to reread this one since I was dealing with Covid myself while reading it.

#WomensPrize2022

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TheKidUpstairs
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I loved this one. A lovely, witty book about books and ghosts and redemption lures you in, then shakes you up when the narrative gets knocked sideways by Covid and the murder of George Floyd. In the hands of another writer it would have felt unfocused, but Erdrich felt handles the disorienting feelings we all experienced in 2020 and brings those initial themes of books, ghosts, and redemption to a larger field.

Tamra It has such a distinctive tone! 👏🏾 1w
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In the hands of a less accomplished writer, I might have thought that the author tried to do too much but every bit of this worked for me. I too will haunt bookshops when I die but I will be nice about it. ☺️ Those who prefer not to confront present day realities in their reading may want to steer clear as Covid and George Floyd‘s murder figure prominently. I will be referring to the book lists frequently. 👍🏼

kbuggle I absolutely loved that this book also provided a whole other list of books to read.. 1w
Suet624 She is such a great writer. I love pretty much every book she writes. 1w
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Magpiegem
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20/22 This book… I only finished it last night so I am still processing but what I can say is that it took me over. I‘m usually a bit of a book floozy and have a book, audio and kindle on the go at the same time. But not with this one. It took my complete attention. I read it very slowly, much slower then average but for me that‘s what the story warranted. I needed time to be fully in it. Sometimes (when it got to the 2020 section) that was ⬇️

Magpiegem ⬆️ uncomfortable, but it was necessary. And as an English girl it provided a window into the Native American experience that I did not previously have. I spent a month with these characters. But I think they will spend much longer with me. And also, I love a book, where the author includes a characters reading list at the end 😍 what a TBR goldmine! 2w
Sapphire I am working my way through T‘s short perfect novels list! 2w
vivastory Great review! This is definitely a favorite of the year 💙 2w
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vivastory @Sapphire I don't know if you watch BookTube at all, but Lonesome Reader recently went through the books on that list. It was a fun video. 2w
Sapphire @vivastory thanks! I will look for that! 2w
Tamra Loved it too! I will reread this one - I listened to the audio version. 2w
Magpiegem @Tamra ooh how did you find it on Audio? I love Audios but they can make or brake a book for me. 2w
Magpiegem @vivastory I haven‘t really explored booktube but maybe I should. That sounds like something I would definitely like to watch. Thanks for the recommendation 😊 2w
Magpiegem @vivastory thank you ☺️ one of mine too xx 2w
Tamra @Magpiegem via the library on Libby. 🎧 2w
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I'm always on the hunt for short novels worth the time. This is Tookie's list of short perfect novels, from The Sentence. I managed to find 7 on here that are new to me and I'm excited to read. I'm finding the tagging system in #Storygraph to be so helpful in remembering why I'm adding books to my list. These are tagged “short-reads-Erdrich“ so I can remember where they came from.

Suet624 Nice! 2w
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OutAndAbout
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I liked the writing, and the characters are so realistic you would expect to see them on the streets of Minneapolis. The story was strong for the first half, and then the pandemic hit, and then George Floyd. I appreciate that she tried to incorporate such timely and dramatic events, but it wasn't successful for me. It felt forced and the original tension and development got lost. Each event was well done, just not cohesive to the original story.

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SanjanaGhosh
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A haunted bookstore. Need I say more!

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Hazel2019
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A very persistent wannabe… 🤨

LiteraryinLawrence I just read that part yesterday! 2w
JohnLAndBenji This is so racist. 2w
Hazel2019 @JohnLAndBenji it certainly is! That‘s the point the author is trying to make. This book is on the shortlist for women‘s prize for fiction right now and it definitively puts a lot of things in your face while attempting some mild dark humor. It gives you lots to think about. 2w
Hazel2019 @LiteraryinLawrence what do you think about the book so far? Definitely not what I was expecting but that‘s a good thing. 2w
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Oryx
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Loved this one. Need to seek out more Louise Erdrich (and adding her book shop to the bucket list).

Karons1 It‘s on my TBR too it‘s had v mixed reviews 2w
squirrelbrain Did you prefer this to Chemistry? 2w
Oryx @squirrelbrain I did actually - it was really different to what I expected from the blurb but in a good way. Thought it was superb. Chemistry was more of a quirky read that dealt with feminism really well (and some other dark stuff too of course) - but I think The Sentence went much deeper. But still enjoyed both. 2w
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Oryx @squirrelbrain how do they rank for you? 2w
charl08 I so want to go to her bookshop. It sounds wonderful. 2w
squirrelbrain You‘re right - such different books. Chemistry was quite life-affirming and funny, and The Sentence much deeper and more nuanced. Difficult to choose a favourite….. Chemistry for the way it made me feel, but The Sentence for the way it made me think. 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ve heard that some of her other books can be rather impenetrable but I‘m willing to give it a go. I have The Nightwatchman on Kindle…. 2w
TheKidUpstairs I highly recommend 2w
CuriousG @squirrelbrain I read The Night Watchman in the fall and loved it! I also really enjoyed The Round House, but it can be rough at times. 2w
merelybookish I also want to visit her bookstore and see the confessional! 2w
squirrelbrain That‘s good to know! @CuriousG 2w
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TheKidUpstairs
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Buried under reading buddies 😁🥰

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s what I‘m reading these days, too! Are you liking it so far? 3w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence I really am! It's an interesting reading experience. There's so much in there, so many people forces badging into the main narrative. But in that way, it feels so right for its 2020 timeline, where there really was so much happening all at once, totally rocking life off its axis. And Tookie is just such a fabulously layered character. How are you liking it so far? 3w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence (that should say outside forces banging into the main narrative, rather than people forces badging into it) 3w
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LiteraryinLawrence That is such a good way of putting it! I‘m still early on, just at the point when the bookstore comes into play. Tookie is FASCINATING so far. This is my first book by Erdrich and I have a feeling it‘s going to open up her whole collection! (edited) 3w
vivastory This is one of my favorites of the year. I really appreciate how it shifts from being a delightful book about books & when everything turns upside down it shifts into a different sort of narrative. Tookie is one of my favorite characters of the past few years. 3w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence I haven't read a lot of hers, but I highly recommend 3w
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Insightsintobooks
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My son got me Mother‘s Day presents (okay technically grandma did but it was the thought, he got one I splurged the rest). I got The Sentence #becauseoflitsy and have already started reading it!

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Oryx
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Am loving this book. And this cake.

TrishB I could settle with either 😁 3w
Cathythoughts I must try this writer , and that cake looks good and so fresh 💫 3w
LeahBergen I‘m chiming in here about that cake, too. Yum. 😆😆 3w
squirrelbrain Loved the book, but I‘d love the cake more! 😋 3w
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Ericalambbrown
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WOW. This was my first Erdrich but it certainly won‘t be my last. I loved the complex relationships and characters and that touch of magical realism. This is also the first fiction I‘ve read that touches on the pandemic and civil unrest of 2020 - I particularly appreciated getting a point of view from the Indigenous perspective. What should my next Erdrich be, Littens?

Tamra My favorite of hers, actually is a favorite all time book, is Last Report. However it is very different in terms of setting and storyline. But has very personable characters like in The Sentence. (edited) 3w
Ericalambbrown @Tamra thank you! I appreciate the recommendation since I‘m new to this author. One of my daughter‘s friends goes to school in the Minneapolis area recommended Erdrich. I am so glad she did! 3w
Tamra @Ericalambbrown I will admit I don‘t appreciate everything I‘ve read by Erdrich, but these two are really wonderful. Her bookstore in Minneapolis is terrific if you ever get a chance to visit. 😁 3w
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KathyWheeler I liked The Round House. I‘m reading The Sentence right now. 3w
GingerAntics I second The Round House. I really enjoyed that one. I‘ve also started her Birchbark Series, but haven‘t finished it. I love it so far. It‘s sort of an indigenous version of Little House. 3w
GingerAntics @Tamra have you been?! I never knew it was there when I lived there (if it was there at the time at all), but I plan to visit there one day! It‘s on my book bucket list. 3w
Tamra @GingerAntics yes, it‘s cute! 3w
GingerAntics @Tamra I‘ve seen photos and it seems like a fun little trip. 3w
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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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Bailedbailed

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Oryx
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Holiday! Struggling to choose which book to start with #bookpeopleproblems

Birdsong28 Definitely Lessons in Chemistry!! 😍😜📖 3w
TrishB What a lovely problem ❤️ enjoy! 3w
vivastory The Sentence is one of my favorites of the year. I hope you enjoy your time off! 3w
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Caroline2 Nice! Enjoy 🍷 📚 😁 3w
squirrelbrain Enjoy! As for which to choose… 🤔 I‘d go for The Sentence. Reading Lessons in Chemistry first May spoil you for the others! 3w
LeahBergen Perfect set up. Enjoy! 🍷 3w
Cathythoughts Looks lovely where you are ! Enjoy ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Well that settles it. I‘m getting Lessons in Chemistry in town today 👍🏻😁 3w
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll love it @Cathythoughts ! 3w
Karons1 The island of missing trees is amazing 🤩 and iv just started lessons in chemistry 🧪 😍happy hols 3w
Oryx @Birdsong28 @vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts I've gone for The Sentence (which I'm loving), and Chemistry is likely next. ❤️ 3w
Tamra The Sentence is wonderful, such distinctive personalities! In fact I enjoyed it so much I know I‘m going to reread it, which is a rarity! ✨ 3w
SilversReviews Love your photo!! 3w
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Leniverse
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Ghost story, lockdown novel, indigenous characters, bookstore setting, George Floyd, multireferential title, identity, forgiveness, author self-insert side-character, list of book recs.

#WomensPrizeShortList

TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 3w
BkClubCare Genre-blending! 3w
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This book better knock my reading socks off! Please, oh please.

Lindy Fingers crossed for you. I loved it. 4w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy Thanks Lindy! I‘m hoping I love it too!!! (edited) 4w
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Larkken
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My favorite read for the first quarter of 2022 is Erdrich‘s The Sentence! This process is inspiring some angst, however 😅 so many good books, and it‘s so hard to choose between books of different genres and styles!
Thanks to @chasjjlee for the idea and template!

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Magslhalliday
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A bookshop‘s most annoying customer won‘t leave, even after she is dead. Set in 2019-2020, this explores the legacy of inherited trauma. Sounds grim, but it really wasn‘t.

Library loan.

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Magpiegem
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April has been a super slow reading month. With the school holidays and illnesses and family visits and pets dying and …life. But the book I have slowly been making my way through by torch light in bed is the Sentence and I‘m enjoying it so much I don‘t mind that it‘s taking me a while or that it‘s one of only three books I‘ll hopefully finish this month. I would happily stay with these characters for the whole of may too 😊

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rachelm
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Joining this fun from @chasjjlee

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Leniverse
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My eldest child makes my bookmarks. Origami bookmarks that hook over the corner of the page, intricately drawn and coloured in bookmarks with trailing ribbons, and for those hardcover tomes: embroidered felt bookmarks.

#Deweys #readathon #bookmark

DivineDiana What a kind and creative daughter! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Aww! 🥰🥰 1mo
LeeRHarry How lovely 😊 1mo
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vlwelser
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This book is excellent. My book club picked this for May. I love how the author inserted herself as a character. To name just one thing. First (but not last) encounter with this author.

#BookSpinBingo (I think this is my last free space. 😔) @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 49

I listened to The Sentence, a polysemous title, about a Native American woman sentenced to prison and finds refuge in the power of books both during and after her time is served. The writing is rich and the Covid-time setting is salient and relevant. The novel would benefit from a narrowed focus, but I'll read more by the author. 3.5⭐s

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After mentioning Tantalus to describe a difficult customer (which I now know is a myth where a man is punished by standing in water that recedes when he tries to drink and under fruit just out of reach, basis of the word tantalize).

“Severed from its roots, unable to taste the starlight.”
Talking about an uprooted tree.

Interesting connection to the main story about a ghost trapped in a bookstore.

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Readerann
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I‘m giving this a pick because I remain a fan of Louise Erdrich‘s writing. However, I did not like this one as much ‘The Night Watchman‘. It felt like she had a vision for the novel, then Covid and George Floyd happened and the book veered off into perhaps a few too many directions. I can‘t say how she could have handled anything differently. It‘s a tricky time for fiction.

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akfreeborn
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I loved Louise Erdrich‘s most recent book set partly at her bookstore during the pandemic and George Floyd murder. She writes beautifully and observes and contemplates thoroughly. It is a beautiful book with bonus booklists!

HeatherBookNerd I loved it too. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 At my last trip to my local indie bookstore, they had Blind Date With a Book - this was my pick. The description on the wrapping was intriguing! 1mo
akfreeborn @OriginalCyn620 I‘ve always had good luck with Blind Date with a Book - great idea and hope you like it 1mo
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emmaturi
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I enjoyed this book, which is longlisted for the Women's Price for Fiction. I like how it's set in a book shop and the mentions of books for customers. It has the Covid pandemic in it plus the murder of George Floyd. It has had mixed reviews but I liked it.

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Suelizbeth
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This book has the feeling of, The House of Broken Angels and Sharks in the Time of Saviors. In other words, it‘s partly the kind of weird-ass, dysfunctional family drama that I love, but also a great, spooky as hell, ghost story. At the same time, this description does not do this book justice. This is my first Louise Erdrich, and I need to read all of them! Don‘t miss this book. It will give you all the feels. Plus, book lists! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Readergrrl This is on my TBR. I really need to read it next! 1mo
Suelizbeth @Readergrrl 📚❤️ 1mo
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This novel by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author and indie bookstore owner Louise Erdrich is about, among many other things, a bookseller haunted by her most annoying customer in the momentous year of 2020, so as an indie bookseller it was especially funny, moving, and even haunting to read! I felt like it lost some steam in the middle but the complexity of the plot and the strangeness of the historical moment account for that!

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When I creep into our bed, there is the joy and relief of a person entering a secret dimension. Here, I shall be useless. The world can go on without me. Here I shall be held by love.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Late night reading.

BarbaraBB 👋🏽 Hi l! How good to see you here again. I hope all is well! I enjoyed that book a lot and hope you are too! 2mo
Robothugs @BarbaraBB Thank you! It‘s nice to be back. Hopefully I‘ll be posting more in the future. I‘m enjoying it so far! 2mo
squirrelbrain Hi Jen 👋 Nice to see you! I loved this book…. 2mo
Robothugs @squirrelbrain Hey! The feeling is mutual. I am loving it so far! 2mo
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Magpiegem
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Ill AGAIN but hubby is at home for once to distract the kids and I‘m absolutely loving this book so at least I have a reason to stay in my PJs and read it- every cloud ⛅️

AmyG Feel better soon! 2mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry you‘re sick, but that is a beautiful view. Feel better soon! 2mo
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Magpiegem
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The Masters and the book. What a peaceful Sunday night ⛳️ 📚

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Larkken
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Omg, I loved this novel! Like a big warm post-pandemic hug that still manages to be unflinching about the social pressures against/around POC, especially indigenous. I kindle highlighted ALL the books listed so I could read them later. Pic from the NYT review.

squirrelbrain Great picture! I loved this book too. 2mo
Tamra It is such a great read for the personable characters! 2mo
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Magpiegem
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#thingsincommon #ghosts So I am finally making my first link in this April challenge! Which is that both books include a ghost. 👻

Clwojick Woohoo!! 2mo
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I absolutely LOVE everything about this book. It has entered my short list of all times favs🥰

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HettyG
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Scored another “skip the line” copy on Libby, with another book I‘m seeing a lot of buzz about! I like it so far!

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rachelm
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I hurried to finish the last few chapters so that I‘d be done before her online event with Cambridge‘s library. Am I a member of that library? No, but it was a wonderful event and an even more wonderful book.

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This was my first Erdrich novel and I am pleased to have been prompted to read it by the women‘s prize. It covered important themes of identity indigeneity abuse and neglect in the context of the pandemic and BLM. It was a good read - I loved the book store setting and the haunting and Tookie is unforgettable. But I felt there was just too much being tackled to make it great.

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sarahbarnes
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I loved this book. ❤️ The weaving together of all the threads of identity, past, the uncertainty of the future, and how it might be best to just stay in it with each other and not give up on searching for humanity. I wasn‘t sure what it would be like to read a book set in part during the pandemic, but I actually found it strangely therapeutic. Now I‘m even more disappointed that this book didn‘t make it in the tournament.

squirrelbrain One of my favourites too; I didn‘t expect to like it so much either. 2mo
Ruthiella Had you read any Erdrich before? 2mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella I read The Round House and have had Love Medicine on my shelf forever. I‘m going to read it soon. 2mo
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Ruthiella @sarahbarnes I have The Plague Doves and The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse, both also since forever! I‘ll hopefully read one of these next. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you do! 2mo
BkClubCare I love how many different books of hers are listed as people state their favorites. I will definitely read many more of her books and not sure which will be next for me! 1mo
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Magpiegem
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Mummy‘s library haul. Apparently I‘m ready for books about the pandemic!

squirrelbrain I loved The Sentence, and Weather as well. 2mo
Magpiegem @squirrelbrain I have no idea about The Weather but I‘m going to use it for a #booked2022 prompt. But I‘ve wanted to read The Sentence for a while. It was one of those library days where I wanted to bring EVERYTHING home! 😂 2mo
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KatieB
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This was just ok for me. Thought the characters were moderately interesting and the writing was alright. Not much that propelled me along but I got through it. Will need to pick up the pace if I‘m going to get through the #womens prize longlist

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MittenGirlPeach
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Good morning, dear littens. I have serious Litsy housekeeping to attend to today. First up, I read both my #BookSpin and my #DoubleSpin this month! Even though I was sh*t at readathons, I got that done.

The Sentence: this might be lengthy, so bear with me. I liked it, I loved some of it, and I was unenthusiastic about some of it. It took me half the book to really care. At that point I finally got sucked in. ⬇️

MittenGirlPeach I love Erdrich‘s work, but I do find it problematic at times. Too opaque? I fully agree that this could be on me. Regardless, by the time it got to the start of the pandemic I was invested, and then it got really good. It felt so TRUE. Everything about that time was spot on. The character of Louise, the bookstore owner (uh huh) is VERY AMUSING, and had some terrific lines, and the book had a madcap caper feel, especially in the beginning. ⬇️ (edited) 2mo
MittenGirlPeach Toward the end we go off on a tangent regarding Laurent that was totally WTF to me. Why on earth was that in there? But by then I was so happy to be finishing I mouthed ‘whatever‘ to myself and went with it. The writing, as always, is gorgeous. The subject is timely. Definitely a pick, glad I read it, glad it‘s finished! 2mo
MittenGirlPeach Finally, I‘ve been drinking my delicious new Ostara coffee from @Chrissyreadit all week. It was such a terrific package. 2mo
Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘😘 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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