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Graywacke
Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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Mehso-so

Hmm. Well, it wasn‘t anywhere as strong to me as My Name is Lucy Barton. But I‘m still tempted to give it a pick. Strout basically fleshes out all the stories from MNiLB. So this is a collection of 3rd person narrative stories. She does this contrast where generally normal people do or get involved in really out-there non-normal stuff. I found it very readable but also I found it a bit much. Perhaps I should give it more time. ( #Booker2022 )

Graywacke It has led me to appreciate My Name is Lucy Barton more. Lucy is relatable and has a powerful voice. And she‘s developed and compressed and maintains a single narrative, and every word in that book has a purpose. Nothing wasted. And I loved the Lucy talking to me in that book. (All that is missing here, by design) 3w
Ruthiella I agree. Lucy Barton really affected me emotionally. Anything Is Possible was fine, but personally I didn‘t need the follow up or the gaps filled in. 3w
BarbaraBB I agree with both of you. Don‘t give up on Lucy though! @Ruthiella 3w
Graywacke @Ruthiella i feel the same. @BarbaraBB I won‘t! (Well, I can‘t if I want to still read that Booker longlist) 3w
BarbaraBB That‘s a relief 😅 3w
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Graywacke
Trust | Hernan Diaz
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Pickpick

A carefully crafted oddity. A novel about a man who shorted the 1929 stock market crash becomes a novel within a novel. And the book moves on the other literary documents and scraps, each altering the perspective of everything before. An interesting look a capitalism too. But I‘m not entirely sure it will hang around. #booker2022

BarbaraBB Great review. I admit I enjoyed it but forgot most about it already! 1mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB yes! Exactly. What do we with it, other than shoot more spitballs at today‘s most obnoxious tycoons? 1mo
Suet624 @Graywacke haha. A town square event - shooting spitballs at obnoxious tycoons. @barbarabb I feel as if I keep coming back to this book with you. 4w
Graywacke @Suet624 could be cathartic 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 You‘re right! We keep talking about it, which says a lot too! 4w
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Graywacke
Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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I started this on Kindle almost two weeks ago, but I‘m just reading it here and there. So I‘m about half way through this very short book. It‘s not as powerful as My Name is Lucy Barton, but I find I get into it easily enough. Part of my road to the #booker2022 longlist.

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Graywacke
Trust | Hernan Diaz
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I‘ll start this tomorrow. #booker2022

johncadams What an amazing cover. 1mo
Graywacke @johncadams yeah. 🙂 it‘s somewhat explained in the book (if I‘m understanding the book correctly). 1mo
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Graywacke
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Pickpick

The 4th I‘ve finished on the #booker2022 longlist, all on audio so far. I was into this the whole way.

Mottley is a little famous for being the youngest Booker nominee, at age 20, and for being really charming in televised interviews. She reimagines Oakland underlife from the perspective of a 17-yr-old prostitute. (Based on a nonfictional unprosecuted Oakland police-run prostitution ring).

TheBookHippie Sold. I‘ve stacked it! 1mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie 😍☺️👍 1mo
Hooked_on_books This book is so good. She‘s an extraordinary talent! 1mo
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Graywacke
My Name is Lucy Barton | Elizabeth Strout
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Pickpick

“Sarah Payne said, If there is a weakness in your story, address it head-on, take it in your teeth and address it, before the reader really knows. This is where you will get your authority, she said, during one of those classes when her face was filled with fatigue from teaching.”

I adored Lucy Barton and her Pearl Tull mannerisms, her juxtapositions, and hospital-bed views. A wonderful lead-up to Oh William! for the #Booker2022 longlist.

Graywacke Pearl Tull is Anne Tyler‘s main narrator in 2mo
Graywacke For what it‘s worth, I really didn‘t like Olive Kitteridge and have avoided Strout since. So it was an especially welcoming surprise to find myself enjoy this so much. 2mo
Deblovestoread I have been curious about the Lucy Barton books as I am not a fan of Olive as well. This gives me the push I needed to try Strout again. Thanks 😊 2mo
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Graywacke @Deblovestoread The free sample on Amazon covers 3 chapters and is quick reading. I used it to see if I really wanted to read the book (I obviously decided yes 🙂) You might try it when you‘re ready. 2mo
BarbaraBB You should also read 2mo
BarbaraBB There‘s a bit of Lucy in there too and it‘s great too. 2mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB i definitely will! I‘m working my way to Oh William, and with more enthusiasm now. ☺️ 2mo
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Graywacke
My Name is Lucy Barton | Elizabeth Strout
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Started this today. Part of my path to Oh, William! on the #Booker2022 list.

I didn‘t like Olive Kitteridge and I haven‘t read Strout since then, so I was worried I would hate this. I‘m relieved at how much i enjoyed the 1st 25 or so pages.

Ruthiella I also didn‘t love Olive Kitteridge but I loved Lucy Barton. Clearly Strout is hit or miss with me. I also really liked Abide With Me. 2mo
BarbaraBB I love anything Lucy - more than Olive! 2mo
Graywacke @Ruthiella interesting. I‘m glad it‘s not just me. @BarbaraBB noting! I have at least two more for the Booker, and a new one is out. (fwiw: I liked the character Olive, it‘s the book i had issues with) 2mo
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Graywacke
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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My next audiobook, based partly on a true story. I‘ll start tomorrow.

Mottley is 20 and made the #Booker2022 longlist. I enjoyed her interview by Trevor Noah in July: https://youtu.be/eHg9M80GThA

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Graywacke
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Pickpick

My 3rd from the #Booker2022 longlist

Lia is a beautiful character. I was worried this would be too much like Sophia Ward‘s applied philosophy in Love and Other Thought Experiments (another 1st novel from the English screen world). But as Lia, still a young mother, faces uncertainty and terminal illness, revisiting her past, I just found I really enjoyed spending time with her, which disarmed my inner critic. It‘s a sad, but still enjoyable novel.

BarbaraBB Excellent review. I rooted for Lia too in this fight she couldn‘t win 💔 2mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB I would have rooted for her too, if hadn‘t all felt so certainly hopeless. But, she kept me curious through the end, through to the last word. Very interesting ending…the blending of voices. 2mo
BarbaraBB Extremely well done indeed. The voice that took over. 2mo
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squirrelbrain Great review - I loved this one. 2mo
jlhammar Lovely review. Glad you enjoyed it. 2mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB completely agree 2mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain @jlhammar thanks. I don‘t know why, but I‘m always so pleasantly surprised when I actually like a book on the Booker longlist. Anyway, I‘m glad this was enjoyable. 2mo
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jlhammar
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Mehso-so

I had a feeling this wouldn‘t be for me and I was correct. I appreciated what she was trying to do with allegory, but can‘t say that I liked it. I never found myself wanting to return to this novel once I set it down. Another that felt like a chore to finish.

And that‘s a wrap for my #Booker2022 shortlist reading. I would have loved to see the Colony make it instead of this or Seven Moons. I‘m hoping Keegan or Everett takes the prize.

rmaclean4 I would live to see The Trees win! 2mo
Ruthiella Well done on completing the shortlist! 👏👏👏 2mo
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 Me too! (edited) 2mo
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BarbaraBB And I am sorry too that The Colony didn‘t make it! 2mo
squirrelbrain I too wish The Colony had made the shortlist. Everett for the win! (With Keegan my second choice) 2mo
Nebklvr Did you like Animal Farm? Since it was based on that one, I wonder if you detested Animal Farm whether it was likely you would not like Glory. I have feelings of hostility towards Animal Farm from required reading. 2mo
jlhammar @Nebklvr You know, I don't remember having strong feelings one way or the other about Animal Farm when we studied it in high school. It seems Bulawayo was very Animal Farm-inspired though so if you weren't a fan, I'd give this one a pass. 2mo
Graywacke Congrats on reading the whole shortlist. This one was just tough to listen to (or read). 2mo
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