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Lindy
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It‘s cold & rainy in Japan in October, where the Chinese Australian narrator is travelling with her elderly mother. “[Writing] was the only way that one could go back & change the past, to make things not as they were, but as we wished they had been, or rather as we saw it.” The simple, self-reflective prose style of this novella grew on me until, by the end, I absolutely loved it and the way it left me feeling melancholy yet satisfied. #OzFiction

CarolynM Great review. It‘s a lovely book. 2w
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Lindy
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Whenever I‘d asked her what she‘d like to visit in Japan, she‘d often said she would be happy with anything. The only question she‘d asked once was whether, in winter, it was cold enough for snow, which she had never seen.

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Lindy
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Sometimes, I looked at a painting, and felt completely nothing. Or if I had a feeling, it was only intuitive, a reaction, nothing that could be expressed in words.

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I explained that it was a modern retelling of a Greek myth. I said that for a long time, I had loved these stories. In part, it was because they had an eternal metaphoric quality that you could use to speak for almost anything in life: love, death, beauty, grief, fate, wars, violence, family, oaths, funerals.

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Palmares: Vol. 6 | Gayl Jones
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Late Xmas presents. Looking forward to reading them both but especially Richard E Grant. I heard him on the radio when he was promoting the book. Interesting ,unassuming , humble man. Oh and funny too.

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Beyond the Gender Binary | Alok Vaid-Menon
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A very well written introductory text on rethinking gender norms and queer identity that should be read by everyone to sensitise people about how to engage with LGBTQIA+ identities without diminishing or marginalising their voices and life experiences. Alok writes powerfully using their own experiences facing transmisic violence and abuse.

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Deathly Touch | C C Solomon
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I am picking up the next book in the series. I enjoyed this book. If you like supernatural romances this is it. I enjoyed how Evan & Jazmine are so cute. I hope we dive into jasper more in the next books. 8 out 10, great for weekend read. Not enough AMBW romance, add this to your list. #poc #bipoc #ambw #vampire #interracial #bipocfemalelead #biteme

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Liz_M
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Purportedly about a mother and daughter's autumn trip to Japan. The cool, light rain of the setting matches the narration; it all seems underwater. The details of the day mix with stories the daughter tells her mother and those she tells herself. Carefully constructed, these memories seem prompted by events, but each touches on the daughter‘s desire for connection, to be known. But it is also about how completely unknowable another person is.

CarolynM Nice review🙂 1mo
monalyisha This sounds like it has a very particular mood & tone. Great review! 4w
BarbaraBB I am stacking, I think I‘d love this one! 4w
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nathandrake1997
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(Trigger warning: Repeated mention of suicide)
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"It is nobody's fault but mine", if I recall correctly, read the final line of my first ever suicide note. People often talk about the love letters one has accumulated during a courtship, but the collection of suicide notes accumulated during what is possibly the most toxic courtship one can experience, the one they have with life, is considered taboo....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....criminal in a certain context even. If my relationship with life had to be interpreted as a love affair, then the suicide notes I have written over the years are probably the exchanges and moments of courtship one could interpret in this context..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....It is often said that one should give up on a relationship once it shows the slightest sign of growing toxic. But, what if the relationship in question here is not with a person? Well, mine is certainly not..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....The toxic relationship I have been bound to is the one I share with life itself. A relationship I have tried to sever all ties with on multiple instances. But, instead of letting me strangle myself to solace, it ends up suffocating me into prolonged misery (read as: existence)..... 1mo
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nathandrake1997 .....As the years went by, I started to gravitate towards artists who ended up taking their own lives, probably for inspiration, not always necessary for the artistic kind. Sylvia Plath became my soul sister, Kurt Cobain became my scream of agony, Chester Bennington became my wail of despair, Robin Williams became a juxtaposition of both an intentional and unintentional disguise of humour masking my suicidal thoughts.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....While my peers engrossed themselves in fantasy novels and films, I instead indulged in fantasies of a successful suicide attempt.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Qiu Miaojin opens her post-humously published epistolary novel LAST WORDS FROM MONTMARTRE with an instance of betrayal. The betrayal here being the protagonist outliving her beloved pet rabbit referred to here as "Bunny". The betrayal is not about her pet existentially abandoning her.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....The betrayal in question here is instead the one commited by death itself. The protagonist has been waiting for death for quite a while. She tries to reach out to death through her multiple suicide attempts over the years. But when death knocks on her pet's doors instead of her's, she feels betrayed..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....This opening instance of one's unrequited relationship with death feeling like a betrayal hit really close to home.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....When my dad's first suicide attempt was a success and my dozen or so suicide attempts until then were a failure, it felt like a betrayal to me as well. A betrayal committed by death itself. But just like misery, betrayal in this context is something I have grown accustomed to over the years..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....I haven't given up yet though. I still continue to reach out, but so far, it still remains a one way street.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Epistolary in structure, each chapter is a letter Qiu's protagonist addresses to someone, someone she shares an unrequited relationship with. In some letters, she talks about gravitating towards artists who took their own lives while in some letters, she talks about how her desire to embrace life to its fullest has in a way been responsible for eventually leading her into her current suicidal headspace.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 .....In multiple instances, the book read like excerpts from my own diary, a diary maintained subconsciously by my headspace over the years. Some instances literally felt like they have been plucked from pages of my own existence. An example being the fact that just like me, the unnamed protagonist was drawn to artists who took their own lives as well.... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....I mentioned Chester Bennington a few paragraphs ago. The titles of all the songs in his last album are interpreted as Bennington's indirect suicide note. Similarly, this novel is interpreted as Miaojin's suicide note as well. I used to have a notebook filled with suicide notes as well, a notebook I can't find anymore, but still remember every word written in it..... 1mo
nathandrake1997 ....Till date I dread the possibility of someone other than me finding that notebook. 1mo
batsy Thank you for this review. I've been meaning to read this. I loved 1mo
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CarolynM
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#12Booksof2022 #March

This #ozfiction prize winner is my pick for March. It‘s small but perfectly formed.

TrishB That cover is amazing ❤️ 1mo
Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 1mo
batsy Nearly picked it up recently when I saw it but didn't! Shall keep in mind for the future 😁 1mo
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