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Exit West
Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meetsensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doorsdoors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through . . . Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turnerboth completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamids most ambitious and electrifying novel yet.
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This book lost it a bit in the middle but had a strong start and end. But not strong enough to be a pick.

There is a rather obvious metaphor about immigrants walking through magic doors to get to safer countries & doors to better countries being for the rich.

But when Hamid focused on the relationship between Nadia & Saeed and theirs with others, the book was stronger.

Henry went to vet today for vomiting. Feeling better and ate dinner tonight!

Soubhiville Poor Henry. I hope he continues to feel better. 💙 1mo
LauraJ Glad to hear he‘s feeling better! 1mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville Thank you. He hadn‘t felt well since Saturday night, so it was time for a cerenia shot. His kidney failure wasn‘t much worse, though! 1mo
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Megabooks @LauraJ Thanks! 😊 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thanks for your review, am on the fence about reading this one 1mo
Megabooks @NeedsMoreBooks I oscillated between a pick and a so-so. I wouldn‘t recommend it unconditionally, obviously, but I can see how others would like it more than I did. Maybe check it out from the library. 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Megabooks hrs, will do that. Hugs to Henry 🤗 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Wishing Henry a speedy recovery! 1mo
Megabooks @NeedsMoreBooks Thanks! 😊💙 1mo
Megabooks @CoverToCoverGirl Thank you! 💜 1mo
CaroPi Glad the baby is feeling better.I also got mixed feelings about this one. I prefer 1mo
JazzFeathers Happy your furry baby is better 😊 The book is on my TBR. Let's see how it goes for me. 1mo
Megabooks @CaroPi that sounds better. I‘ve added it to my TBR! 1mo
Megabooks @JazzFeathers I hope you enjoy it. Henry is doing better. He‘s kept down ½ meal since the vet. ???? 1mo
LeahBergen Poor Henry. ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Henry. ☹️ Feel better soon, buddy. 1mo
Megabooks @LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly He is feeling better today. He‘s kept down all three meals! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Excellent! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Reviewsbylola I hated this one. 😣 4w
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I can‘t say I hated it, but I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I remembered. 4w
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Megabooks
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So I came home to five wonderful packages, and I‘m going to share four before I go to bed! The first I got myself. I couldn‘t resist a little retail therapy while I was recovering in Dallas, so I picked up these six books from #bookoutlet. 👍🏻📚🥳👏🏻

Eggs Cool! I loved 1mo
Megabooks @Eggs I am very interested in that book and was excited to find it for less than BOTM! 1mo
CarolynM You've got some great reading ahead of you. I loved Commonwealth and Milkman 1mo
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Megabooks @CarolynM Both have been on my radar for so long that I‘m glad to finally have copies! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Great picks! 1mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk Thank you! 1mo
k.reads.5 Such a great haul! Miracle Creek was excellent and the rest are on my TBR! 1mo
Megabooks @k.reads.5 Thanks! I‘ve noticed we have some similar tastes! 😁👍🏻 1mo
k.reads.5 @Megabooks Yup, so awesome! 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Good shopping 🛍 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! A couple were titles I was looking at from BOTM, but they were cheaper here! I love a good deal 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Totally!!! #BookOutlet has the BEST prices 1mo
Reviewsbylola Fantastic haul! I loved Severance. 4w
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Awesome! They were several dollars cheaper than as botm add ons so I got them this way. (edited) 4w
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Have been off Litsy for a few weeks. Been so busy! But I still found time to read some great books - like this amazing work by Moshin Hamid. It is not a big book but deals with some very big issues that are happening in the world today, all the while adding an air of mystery and speculative fiction to it. Definitely a book I will remember a long time.

SamAnne Oh one of my favorites from last year. 2mo
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Merchgal
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LeePeckover I loved this book! 2mo
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Karisa
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If Kafka had written about the modern, global refugee crisis, I imagine it would read something like Exit West. Not feel-good or tear-jerking, this book is thought-provoking and strange. What would happen if there were no borders and all could travel freely?

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tracyrowanreads
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An odd book that reminded me of “The Underground Railroad.“ I was expecting this to be more traditional SF/F I found it slow going at first. And in the end, the fantastic elements proved to be more metaphors for the changes we experience in our lives, and for how often they throw us into situations that change us, make us more ourselves, perhaps. As the author says, “We are all nomads through time.“

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tracyrowanreads
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This week I treated myself to a membership from the Brooklyn public library. I got my card in the mail a couple of days ago and it's wonderful! I've already borrowed a dozen books, and am currently listening to Exit West. Membership for anyone outside of the library area is $50 a year, but you can access it through Overdrive, and they have a very large catalog. In truth I'm kind of jealous because it's way better than the Chicago public library.

LibrarianRyan CPL has issues right now. We started eReadIllinois to get one ebook system for the state, but the upper state and lower state are so different and large we couldn‘t do it. We have two ebook platforms, one better than the other for various reasons, and vice versa. Then CPL is not only a PL it‘s it‘s ownLibrary system with its own laws and everything. I‘m throwing out ideas for state wide things but it is a slow go. 4mo
tracyrowanreads I know it's rough going for libraries, and IIRC the CPL has been underfunded for decades. That makes me so sad because it was a place I loved when I was a child. And I do make good use of the ebooks and audiobooks offered on Overdrive and Hoopla. 4mo
tracyrowanreads BTW, I'm not sure if you get told this enough, but thank you for working hard for our library system. 4mo
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thehonestpuck
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"so he prayed as a lament, as a consolation, and as a hope."

Exit West is a beautiful and melancholy and hopeful book.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 4mo
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BitchinBooks
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Mehso-so

“Dramatic circumstances, such as those in which they and other new lovers in the city now found themselves, have a habit of creating dramatic emotions, and furthermore the curfew served to conjure up and effect similar to that of a long distance relationship, and long distance relationships are well-known for their potential to heighten passion, at least for a while, just as fasting is well known to heighten one‘s appreciation for food.“

monalyisha Fantastic photo! 😍🐶 4mo
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daniwithtea
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A gorgeously written story of love and war and people, with a bit of magic thrown in.

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BeckyMerilatt
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Finally got around to reading this. Thanks for letting me borrow your copy @MediaKing ! I liked it a lot, though felt it got a little slow in the middle and lost a bit of its urgency.

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crhealey
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My “I went to the DMV so I deserve this” #bookhaul

Bookwormjillk Ha! That‘s awesome 👏 5mo
CouronneDhiver Nice work! 5mo
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thea-block
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Lots of hype surrounding this one, but I found it good enough but not exactly to my taste. The writing style took some getting used to, and though there was some beautiful and thought provoking content, I didn‘t connect that well with the story. I did very much appreciate the migrant perspective and the alternate vision of what our world could look like, and already does look like for some.

Worth the read but not one of my favorites.
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Bookwormjillk
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I‘ve been #audiowalking #audiocooking and #audiocleaning all day. Time to sit down with a burger and a paperback.
#bfcr2 #24B4Monday

Jillylovesbooks Exit West is on my TBR list! 5mo
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Honeybeebooks
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Is it a realistic fantasy? Science fiction highlighting near future social issues? A story of love and loss? I shared a few quotes that were especially poignant to me and expressed the heart of this work. It is a little difficult to describe but I do encourage anyone to walk through the door to see what it is all about.

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"We are all migrants through time."

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Honeybeebooks
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"...the calm that is called the calm before the storm, but is in reality the foundation of a human life, waiting there for us between the steps of our march to our mortality, when we are compelled to pause and not act but be."

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My amazing #mysteryswap goodies from @Schlinkles I‘m going to take my time going through the paperback, and I cannot wait to get into Furious Hours.

Schlinkles Yay! I hope you like Exit West! 6mo
Bookwormjillk And a huge thanks to @TheReadingMermaid for putting this together. It was a great idea!! 6mo
Bookwormjillk @Schlinkles I think I will- right up my alley. Great pick! 6mo
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Stacypatrice “Thanks for not being a douche!” 😂😂😂😂 Is that a sticker? It‘s awesome. 6mo
Bookwormjillk @Stacypatrice it‘s a post card 😜 6mo
Stacypatrice @Bookwormjillk I love it 🤣 6mo
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Honeybeebooks
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"..., but they did not see each other,...and they were each at the crest of the hill only briefly, and at different times."

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Honeybeebooks
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"..., and so by making the promise he demanded she make she was in a sense killing him, but that is the way of things, for when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind."

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laurabilly13
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The second of Hamid‘s that I‘ve read and enjoying it so far #mohsinhamid #exitwest #booksonbeaches

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mldkennedy
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Mehso-so

(April 2019) I was really excited about this because of all the hype...I thought it was really well-written and a very creative story but the author's description of the female protagonist was a little male gaze-y...

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A short, quiet fable about fleeing one‘s home and the meaning of a relationship between two people. I enjoyed how Hamid gave as much weight to the stress and fear of revolution, of the unknown future Saeed and Nadia we‘re stepping into, and how the world was reacting to the doors that allowed such unprecedented migration as well as the full arc of Saeed‘s and Nadia‘s romance and the unspoken possibilities that did not happen.

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Christinak
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I was given this book a year ago and wish I had not waited so long to read it. This is thrilling and beautifully written. This book pulled me in. Thankfully this is a quick read or I would not get anything done.

readordierachel Loved this one! 8mo
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Angela_TheBookNerdess
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4.5🌟

The falling of a country to militant fighting prompts a couple to escape using the books deus et machina of doorways representing the illegal migrant pathways to the west and seeming safety and new lives.

Long after reading this novel I return to think of it, of certain scenes of thoughts contained. Whilst I hated the tell and not show of the narrative that sense of alienation it caused in retrospect must be what the characters feel.

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Hillaryb
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Knpatel91
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Loved it

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Settings
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Previous two audiobooks I listened to were days long so to have this one end after only 5 hours felt abrupt.

The writing felt very choppy but the ending was very moving.

Edit: 2017 BSFA nominee

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AKwaz
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Mehso-so

An interesting concept. I can‘t really place my finger on what I felt was missing but I just wanted more in some way.

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AKwaz
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“We are all migrants through time.”

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Read this for the book club @MrBook and @BookBabe run. I enjoyed the plot of the story and the metaphor of doors. However, I found it to be extremely repetitive and did not enjoy the writing of it. I did not feel any emotional connection to it. Overall, I have read much better stories and books on migration.

MrBook Great discussion though, eh? 😁 It certainly was a different book, lol. @BookBabe and I love having you out! 🙌🏻🤗 9mo
ilyssa.g @MrBook and @BookBabe I loved the discussion of the book! It was nice to see different views on it. I love going to the club! I'm excited to read the next book and see you guys next month! 9mo
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BookBabe
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Another great meeting of the #2030SomethingBookClub that @MrBook and I run in #NYC! Excellent discussion. And there was a lot to discuss about this book. Have you read it? What did you think?

C.Perone I loved this book. The whole bizarre doors thing was great. 10mo
Reviewsbylola I HATED this book. 🙈 10mo
Reviewsbylola Which in a way can elicit it‘s own great discussion. 10mo
ladyneverwhere I loved this book! It was one of my favorites I read last year! 10mo
Billypar I really liked it: for a short novel, I felt like it captured the relationship between the main characters in a realistic way, even as it covered the larger societal implications of the doors. For me it combined the appeals of a magical realist novel and a short story. 10mo
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MrBook
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One book club meeting wrapped up, another one starting in a wee bit. This ☝🏻is the book we‘ll be discussing for our #2030SomethingBookClub! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Have YOU read it?!

#NYC

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻yes !!! Great book 10mo
squirrelbrain I agree @Cathythoughts ! Fab book! 10mo
Librarybelle A great book! 10mo
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FreeReadAndWrite This kind of book usually isn't up my alley but I loved it! Plus it's pretty 😍 10mo
UziH Awesome! One of my favorite authors 10mo
readordierachel Loved it! 10mo
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BookBabe
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Finishing up this book tonight. Got my cup of tea, my reading buddy snuggling with me, and some relaxing classical music on. Perfect evening! ☺️❤️

JennyM You look cozy 😊 10mo
catebutler Sounds like the perfect evening! 👍🏼 10mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! #Thai edition! I tried a new (to me) Thai place tonight. Exquisite cuisine! Lovely ambiance too. I had a Tom Kha coconut milk soup followed by pan-seared bass in ginger sauce with veggies. Paired with a Thai iced tea with a twist—it was spiked with coconut rum. Soooo yummy! 😋 Happy reads & happy eats!

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CaroPi
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So boyfriend gave me these flowers for San Valantine. And I enjoy to see them while reading this book..

Tanisha_A Lovely 💐! 10mo
CaroPi @Tanisha_A thanks a lot! First time that boyfriend give me flowers. 😊 10mo
angela_fi13 Awww!! Hurras para el novio! 😘 10mo
Linsy Pretty pic! 🌹 10mo
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MrBook
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A most interesting tale! This is one of the few times I went into a book not having read the summary first. Very intriguing and has my gears spinning! Great audiobook for a long trek. 😁👍🏻👍🏻

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BookBabe
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#BookNBrunch! Back at the local 1950s diner. Accompaniment this cold and sunny early afternoon was: spinach/ham/American cheese omelet and black coffee. Trying to cut the carbs. 🙃
Happy reads & happy eats!

Jakaranda boo to mr. book😆!!! 10mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! Greek salad and pomegranate sangria. Starting this one tonight for the book club we run in NYC. I hope it‘s good!
Happy reads and happy eats! 😋

RealLifeReading Yum! I really liked Exit West. Hope you do too 10mo
Reagan Pomegranate sangria sounds amazing. 10mo
GatheringBooks this looks yum! husband just made me something similar a week ago, it was 👌🏽 10mo
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Rachel_nyc Is this book group open to new members? I‘ve been looking for a book club in nyc... 10mo
BookBabe @Rachel_nyc Yes, absolutely! We‘d love to have you join us. (There‘s an age limit though 🙈) Here‘s the link: Check out 20/30 something book club http://meetu.ps/c/dwbY/3fJB0/a (edited) 10mo
Rachel_nyc @BookBabe bummer, I‘m a few years too late! 👵🏼 10mo
BookBabe @Rachel_nyc Aww, rats! That is a bummer. We inherited the group, so it wasn‘t our idea, lol. Eventually we‘ll age out of our group and have to hand it down to someone else 😂 10mo
Rachel_nyc @BookBabe 😂No worries. I hadn‘t thought of checking meetup so I will check it out to see if there are other book clubs that may work for me. 10mo
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Macnjen
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Audiobook. Boring. Maybe it was the narration (author) but there was no engagement with the characters. Interesting concept but not executed in a way I enjoyed.

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Macnjen
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Current audiobook, almost finished for #Litsyatoz challenge.

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼 10mo
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It is the kind of book that just invites you in. The author wanted to write about the refugee experience, but wanted to cut out the long flight from home and concentrate on culture clash and class conflict in the host country. Hence the magical realist device of doors that transport one instantly, that you have to step into before you know where you will land. This is primarily a love story, and has an economy of language that is Hemingway-esque.

RaimeyGallant Enjoying your reviews. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
academiconbreak @RaimeyGallant Thanks so much Raimey! That's really helpful. I'll definitely check those out. 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
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Kalalalatja
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According to @Cinfhen #OmarSharif is a song from a musical about a band who gets lost in Israel. So, my mind went to a book with two people feeling lost in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and trying to get out of it with more or less success through doors to other places. 🚪🚪

Thanks for a fun month Scott and Cindy! #MusicalNewYear 🙌

Reviewsbylola I wanted to love this but it did nothing for me. 10mo
Cinfhen I loved this book and I like where you went with the choice 💕💕💕 10mo
vivastory Excellent choice Katja! 👏👏🙌 10mo
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rachelk
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This was my book club read for January. Everyone liked it, though not everyone loved the use of magical realism. It did prompt a good discussion about refugees that touched on empathy, family, love and politics. I thought the author had some fantastic insights into human nature and there were some truly beautiful passages.

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The author was able to pack an impressive amount of quality writing into a short novel. ..."everyone migrates, even if we stay in the same house our whole lives, because we can't help it. We are all migrants through time." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#24B4Monday only a few hours until midnight and I'm right on the line and I am down to the wire with 23 hours 25 min logged so far. But I am sooo tired. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Awe come on girl you can do it. Power through it just a half an hour more and you've got 24 hours!!! I know you can do this! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 10mo
Trashcanman Hi Lily! 10mo
Eggbeater Thanks for the encouragement @TheReadingMermaid . I did it just in the nick of time. 😁 10mo
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Eggbeater Hi George! 😊 @Trashcanman 10mo
TheReadingMermaid YAHZ!!!! You did it!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
rachelk I just finished reading this last night — that was one of my favorite quotes. 10mo
Andrew65 Excellent. Well done, I do need to read this. 😊 10mo
Suet624 Love this book. (edited) 10mo
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