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pigeonsandcrows
Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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The story of a neurotic middle aged woman who marries the first man she has sex with in college to make up to God for the fact she's fornicated, then 25 years later tiesherself in psychological knots questioning why God is compelling her to have an affair if He is also prohibiting her from doing so. I found everything about this book questionable, and would've bailed on it if it weren't for my book club (continued in the comments)

pigeonsandcrows ... and, sadly, one that I proposed. I couldn't connect with the protagonist, Maggie, at all, despite being a neurotic married middle aged pseudointellectual myself. We're told she has the prototype of the enviable life, with perfect house, kids, more money than she knows what to do with, good looks, brains, "very fit," but is dissatisfied with all that perfection (largely because she really, really doesn't like having sex with her hot husband... 2mo
pigeonsandcrows ...who is an agnostic and she can't talk about God stuff with him). Anyway, Maggie is spineless and never takes personal responsibility for any choice she makes, telling herself that someone (God or her husband, usually) is forcing her to feel or do something. This book is her inner life and thoughts more than it is a traditional novel with things like character development, a plot, or a storyline. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows Perhaps I missed something- in fact, it's clear I did, as there are many rave reviews on Goodreads- but I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. 2mo
Susannah I agree with your assessment 99%. The only point I‘d argue is that you‘re not a pseudo intellectual. You‘re just a regular one. 😊 2mo
Redwritinghood Totally agree. This book was just a whiny woman trying not to take responsibility for her own actions. It was stupid. 2mo
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Lizpixie
Blood & Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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Bottom half of the right side #stack of my #Scareathlon #TBR has quite a range of titles for #TeamSlaughter including paranormal thriller(Platform Seven, House Of Salt & Sorrow)historical crime(Blood & Sugar, The Murder Of Harriet Monckton)& scary slasher(The Chestnut Man, Too Close To Breathe)See anything you want to read?

Clwojick I haven‘t read or heard of any of these, with the exception of Triptych, obviously. But I‘m the type of person who picks up books based on the cover and spine, so I‘d definitely be interested in a handful of these. Specifically the very bottom one, and the red one. ♥️ 2mo
Clwojick And because the font is so beautiful, also 2mo
Lizpixie @Clwojick I‘m a total #coverlove junkie as well! Blood & Sugar, Too Close To Breathe & The Chestnut Man were all Goldsboro BOTM‘s so they‘re all signed 1st editions too. Platform Seven is also signed from Waterstones though. House Of Salt And Sorrows was last months FairyLoot book but I would‘ve bought it anyway, I love stories set in small Oceanside villages🌊 2mo
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deadrabbitsbooks
Emerald City | Brian Birnbaum
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We're so grateful to our whole community that came out to celebrate the launch of EMERALD CITY by Brian Birnbaum! We even had one of our favorite writers, Sergio De La Pava, there to celebrate with us! You can get your copy now & join Sergio in loving this electric book: https://www.deadrabbitsbooks.com/books#/emerald-city/

#writingcommunity #amwriting #writerslife #amreading #books #emeraldcity #debutnovel

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deadrabbitsbooks
Emerald City | Brian Birnbaum
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Oh my gosh! Our little rabbit ears are quivering!!! Last night was the launch party of our dreams. Thank you to everyone in our community who came out to support us and to those of you supporting us from afar. We could not do this without you. Thank you ❤️. EMERALD CITY is now available to the world and we couldn‘t have done that without so many of you 🖤🐇

#debutnovel #emeraldcity

BillBlume Congratulations! 3mo
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deadrabbitsbooks
Emerald City | Brian Birnbaum
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Pickpick

Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! It's finally here! Happy Pub Day to EMERALD CITY by Brian Birnbaum!!!! EC is now available to the whole wide world. And it's also Brian's 31st birthday!!! So get your copy here & we hope to see you at our launch party tonight: https://www.deadrabbitsbooks.com/books#/emerald-city/

#amwriting #writingcommunity #amreading #writerslife #debutnovel #emeraldcity

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deadrabbitsbooks
Emerald City | Brian Birnbaum
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This is how we personalize our pre-orders 💅🏼🖤🐇. Only two more days until EMERALD CITY is available to the whole wide world 💚🌃
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#writingcommunity #writing #books #amwriting #amreading #authors #writers #debutnovel #emeraldcity

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deadrabbitsbooks
Emerald City | Brian Birnbaum
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Our own Brian Birnbaum is our special guest on the podcast tonight, reading from his forthcoming EMERALD CITY! Episode drops tomorrow 💚🌃

#writingcommunity #amwriting #writerslife #amreading #debutnovel #emeraldcity #writers #authors #podernfamily #podcast

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Owlizabeth
The Wolf | Leo Carew
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Aw hell, I went and bought more books. I‘ve been wanting to reread ALL (because my soul needs shredding, apparently), I‘ve been curious about Anne Bishop‘s non-Others work, and The Wolf sounded interesting. Though when I‘ll have time 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ #stacksonstacksonstacks

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lele1432
Say Say Say | Lila Savage
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A look at a caregiver's complex relationship dynamics. No real plot, but there are relatable anecdotes concerning career choices, not being where you thought you'd be in life, & the mundane, like battles with laziness & proper human interaction. It packs in a lot; grief, loss, brain trauma, queerness, blurred lines of employee/friend, but some of the pontifications on misogyny & religion felt misplaced or rushed & didn't keep my focus. 2.75⭐️s

cathipink I requested this at the library bc I saw it on the LitHub fall release list. I wasn't feeling it at the time, but I'm thinking I might not go back to it either, based on your review. 3mo
lele1432 @cathipink Hi Cathi! I think your enjoyment definitely depends on what you're in the mood for. It's without a plot, so it's mostly the MC's inner thoughts & interactions with her girlfriend & the family she works for. I enjoyed some of these thoughts, but others came across as random or seemed to ramble on & lose my attention. Too many ideas were packed into this novella, & they felt unfinished. But I see potential & will read this author again. 3mo
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Emilymdxn
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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Fascinating opinion piece in the Guardian by Olivia Sudjic about ‘the novel‘ for millennials. Pieces this broad are never going to agree with every last thing I think, and I haven‘t read that many of the books she mentions, but definitely worth reading. Thoughts anyone?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/17/what-makes-a-millennial-novel-oliv...

Moray_Reads Bookmarking for later. I saw Olivia at edbookfest last year and she was incredible 4mo
sudi I'm currently reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. And Severance had been on my TBR. I haven't heard about the others but they sound interesting. 4mo
TrishB Interesting article, I‘ve read quite a few, some I‘ve liked, some I haven‘t. Which is pretty much the same for any books that are pigeon holed into a genre I think. 4mo
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KarenUK Thank you for sharing... so interesting... 💕 4mo
saresmoore I really like her point about the theme of searching for a safe place—“the combination of homesickness and alienation”—which I‘ve felt consistently in so much writing by Millennials (including my own now I think about it.) I devoured Sudjic‘s Sympathy and it was probably my favorite read of last year. 4mo
Billypar Great article! It's refreshing to see her tackle the qualities of millennial novels with more complexity than the "novels with social media and irresponsible characters" caricature. I agree with her point on the dubious 'voice of a generation' label. I do like having literary books/authors in common with strangers that aren't just what you read in high school, but it needn't be a single author when so many are doing good work. 4mo
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads so jealous I‘d love to see her live! I just quietly stalk her on Instagram lol 4mo
Emilymdxn @Sudi I absolutely want to read Severance! It‘s one of the ones I most want to get round to this year 4mo
Emilymdxn @TrishB I felt the same for sure. While I absolutely do like Sally Rooney I don‘t think I quite get the hype around her books - they were both solid 7/10s for me but not my absolute faves the way they seem to be for so many people. I‘m a diehard Moshfegh fan tho - I thought it was fascinating to see such diverse books linked this way, are there any you‘d particularly recommend that were mentioned there? Severance is high on my list 4mo
Emilymdxn @karenuk thank you! Glad you liked it, I always worry I‘m annoyingly shoving articles in people‘s faces so great to know people enjoy them! 4mo
Emilymdxn @saresmoore I felt exactly the same so interesting that we both picked out the same thing. I absolutely adored Sympathy too one of the most memorable books I‘ve read this year. Have you read Exposure too? I think her non fiction is every bit as good as her fiction and it‘s quite rare I get to say that about a writer! 4mo
Emilymdxn @billypar I really liked that too - I‘d be wary of anyone picking out one author and telling me it summarised the entire life experience of me and people fifteen years older than me! Insofar as I am a millennial anyway, born 1996 so I‘m the cut off year 4mo
TrishB Severance was my fav on this list. I didn‘t like Conversations....so I haven‘t yet read Normal People - but will eventually! 4mo
Billypar Exactly- another example of how the dialogue about millennials is more revealing than whatever the observation is. I too was born on a cut off year...the other cutoff though 😬 4mo
saresmoore Oh, I will absolutely be reading that. 4mo
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