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Anna40

Joined November 2016

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Un inverno freddissimo by Fausta Cialente
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Paper Cage | Tom Baragwanath
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This has so much potential:set in New Zealand,the main character,Lorraine,a non-Māori,is the widow of a Māori man&the filing clerk in the police station.When her niece‘s son is one of the missing children in a series of abductions,Lorraine is personally affected&starts investigating as the police can‘t seem to solve the case.Sadly,it‘s slow &the writing at times clunky.I might pick it up again as I want to know what happened

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How to Pronounce Knife: Stories | Souvankham Thammavongsa
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I loved these stories about refugees from Laos and their children struggling with poverty, language, adapting to, fitting into, finding a place in Canadian society. The writing is outstanding. The author conveys with seemingly simple language and metaphors complex feelings and issues. To me this is some of the best writing and storytelling I‘ve come across in years. Highly, highly recommend!

Anna40 “The only love Red knew was that simple, uncomplicated, lonely love one feels for oneself in the quiet moments of the day. It was there, steady and solid in the laughter and talk of the television and with her in the grocery aisles on the weekends. It was there, every night, in the dark, spectacular and sprawling in the quiet. And it all belonged to her.” 5d
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In his poetry, Hass remembers other poets (Eugenio Montale) meditates on death in various stages in life (childhood, youth, middle age), describes nature in detail, reflects on history.
“All you have to do is say the words for some imagined others in a world of words, a lull of world and words that make a world, or makes a seeing in the dark as sheet lightning does, sometimes, at night, in summer fields.”

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The Hebrew Teacher | Maya Arad
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Told from the perspective of Israeli women in the US, all three novellas center around mother & child (or a similar relationship as in The Hebrew teacher), a disconnect because of generational differences or the distance living in another country. Particularly The Hebrew Teacher is so intelligently crafted, combining the personal with the political, I still think about the novella even though I finished reading it two weeks ago. Highly recommend

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Held: A Novel | Anne Michaels
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I find the genre historical novel, even the word novel misleading.This reads like a long prose poem.Michaels reflects on intimacy,romantic love,trauma & loss.The characters are often connected (parent-child-grandchild).Their stories are not told in chronological order.The writing is at times outstanding & at times I rolled my eyes at the lyrical language. I didn‘t enjoy the audio, the somber monotonous narration was annoying & switched to print.

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The Weight of Ink | Rachel Kadish
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Two timelines:London at the beginning of the 21st & London in the 17th century. Characters and story are imagined but historical events (Sabbatean movement, the pest) & philosophers are real and very well researched.I went back&forth btw loved,liked &disliked the book.But overall, I think combining history, Jewish thought&philosophy with an entertaining plot is an amazing achievement and the author rightly received the National Jewish Book Award.

lazydaizee Sounds like an interesting book. 1mo
Anna40 @lazydaizee yes, it is :) 1mo
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A collection of thoughts on disease, death, nature, art. A collection of memories (childhood, living and travelling abroad, love relationships). There‘s also a recurring warning not to bequeath nuclear waste to future generations. Mankell was a man of the highest integrity, one of the finest (crime) writers which shines through in this wonderful book. It was a joy to read and makes me want to explore everything he published.

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The Secret of Luca | Ignazio Silone
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An old man appears in a small town in Abruzzo after WW2.The older locals identify him as Luca who has returned after serving a life sentence in prison for a murder he didn‘t commit.Andrea,a young communist & son of Luca‘s friend, is determined to find out why Luca held on to a secret although revealing it could‘ve set him free.I loved the writing & the way the story is told but found the overall theme - power of love- a bit cheesy.

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An Event in Autumn | Henning Mankell
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Wallander found a farmhouse in the country he likes & is about to make an offer to buy it when he stumbles over a human hand in the backyard. The hand belonged to a woman in her fifties but her identity is unknown. Wallander & his colleagues now have to find out who the woman was & who killed her. The fact that she died after WW2 makes that more difficult. The story also focuses on Wallander‘s thoughts on ageing & retirement, end of life.

kspenmoll Wonderful review! 1mo
Anna40 @kspenmoll thank you 💕 1mo
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Italian Shoes: A Novel | Henning Mankell
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The first person narrator Fredrik lives with his cat,dog&anthill in his grandparents‘ house on an island.The only human he talks to is the hypochondriac mailman until Hariett,a former lover whom he abandoned,shows up&demands he keeps a promise he once made to her&broke by leaving.The 2 embark on a journey&Fredrik on an inner journey that doesn‘t make him a better person but a person who finally starts taking responsibility for his actions.

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Exiles | Jane Harper
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The twists were okish-good but the lovey dovey we‘re all friends and happy family in a beautiful place drinking wine, eating lasagne, cheese from the farmers market and tahini, etc, plus, the endless romance blah blah were just tedious and annoying. Oh dear! What a disappointment after The Dry which I loved.

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I waited a long time to read this because the story sounded like a tearjerker&what a tearjerker it is.But it is so beautifully written,a joy to read each sentence, the characters are all wonderfully developed, deep&rich. The plot draws you in,the ending is satisfying. Themes are love, parenthood, loss,betrayal,war,forgiveness. What a wonderful book but oh so sad, so incredibly sad.

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Victorious | Yishai Sarid
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I loved the Memory Monster but Victorious was only ok.It tells the story of Abigail a single mother and military psychologist specialising in making soldiers more efficient killers. When her son enlists in the paratrooper battalion she seems to question some of her beliefs.I disliked Abigail & found her behaviour and actions unprofessional and unlikely. So much was left unanswered.Plus,an unsatisfying ending with too many loose ends.Disappointing!

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Rosenfarb‘s stories explore the life of Shoa survivors emigrated to Canada and how they deal with their traumatic past. Written in Yiddish, Morgentaler,the author‘s daughter, translated her mother‘s complete work and wrote a fascinating foreword. Rosenfarb is a writer I highly recommend & I‘m thrilled to have discovered her work. Her stories&characters are complex, full of twists, inner journeys, her prose is haunting.

Gissy Beautiful cover too! 3mo
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Quoting various thinkers&writers&drawing from religions,Armstrong wrote this beautiful book to impel the reader to repair the damage done to the natural world.She argues that everything is connected,we must overcome selfishness,we must cultivate the conviction that every natural thing is inseparable from our ultimate concern.She gives some practical advice on how to bond with our environment&promotes kindness,empathy&love.Very moving&necessary

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The Tobacconist | Robert Seethaler
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Franzl,a young man from Salzkammergut,leaves his home to become the apprentice of a tobacconist,one of his mother‘s ex lovers.In Vienna he falls in love with a woman who doesn‘t reciprocate his feelings,has conversations with Freud&witnesses how the city changes under Nazi rule which he opposes but can‘t fight.I love how Seethaler writes about the “little” people with warmth,depth&humor without romanticizing working class life or Nazi opposition.

Tamra Seethaler is a fantastic writer! I need to see if there are more translated works published. 3mo
Tamra Shoot, I don‘t see any more listed I haven‘t read. 😒 3mo
Anna40 @Tamra I can read German but have only read Whole life and this one. Am planning on getting his other books in German but I think his latest about the cafe will get translated soon. Would love to read the translations. I wonder how she translated the Viennese and Bohemian accent 3mo
Tamra @Anna40 I hope so! I‘ve only read the three translated works - envy you being able to read the German editions. 3mo
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Boyle‘s stories are playful,inventive,witty.He writes about misogyny,school shootings,teachers who have sexual relations with their students,our relationship with nature,a quarantined cruise ship during Covid etc. in a way that is original&unique.I didn‘t love all stories but appreciated the outstanding plot and writing of every single one.My favourites are the title story&The apartment.Highly recommend!

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Tunnels | Rutu Modan
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Nili,the daughter of an archaeologist,thinks she can find the Ark of the Covenant,too bad it‘s no longer on Israeli territory.With the help of clever Gedanken & his hilltop youths,businessman Abuloff who buys artefacts from Isis,the IDF&2 Palestinians, she digs a tunnel that will hopefully lead to the Ark before her brother& Prof Sarid,the bad guy,get to it first. Modan published this before October 7,during the pandemic. Funny&thought-provoking.

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Debbie starts her first year at college in Dublin&commutes so that she can continue to help on her family‘s farm where she lives with her mother&her alcoholic uncle.She struggles with insecurities&anxiety but soon makes a friend. I enjoyed reading this novel & think I‘d have loved it when I was younger.It‘s a relatable portrayal of a young woman transitioning into adulthood,delightfully written & despite its heavy themes has some light moments.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Murderbot,a “messed-up second-hand SecUnit”-half bot half human- accompanies a team of scientists on a mission to collect data.But something or someone is after them and they don‘t know who&why.Murderbot loves watching TV shows where he learns about human behaviour&feelings.He prefers TV humans&is both annoyed&intrigued by real humans.This is a fun book but AppleTV is turning the books into a show&I‘d rather watch than read this. very original👍

BookmarkTavern This whole series is a delight! 💖 4mo
Anna40 @BookmarkTavern Yes, it is. But I think one book‘s enough for me. I‘ll watch the show. I guess science fiction is not for me 4mo
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Afterlife | Julia Alvarez
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I enjoyed reading Antonia‘s story focussing on her life after her husband‘s death.Recently retired,she is also “dragged” into caring for an illegal immigrant& struggling with her sister‘s disappearance.The novel deals with love,loss,immigration,mental health,family,privilege. The elegant writing reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver.

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The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco
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Whew!21hours.This is the longest audiobook I‘ve had the patience to listen to.The book&film adaptation are masterpieces.There is so much to discover:scholasticism,the Catholic Church-heretics& the Inquisition,postmodernism,crime&historical novel.So many references to medieval and modern thinkers.The untranslated passages in Latin are a challenge when listening but the audio is a delight especially when Salvatore comes alive.Thanks @rwmg

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Sleepwalkers | Bernie McGill
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I loved this slim collection of short stories so much.I have no favourites,savoured each one.McGill writes about loss,love,travelling,youth,aging and quietly captures intimate moments with simple but powerful prose.Highly recommend!

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The Sun Walks Down: A Novel | Fiona McFarlane
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6-year-old Denny goes missing in 1880s South Australia.The novel spans 7 days moving back&forth between the numerous characters:Denny,his family,Aboriginal trackers,other members of the community,a European painter couple&Afghani cameleers.This is not a mystery but a quiet,poetic story that takes the reader to Australia when it was colonised.I felt immersed in the small town as if I was there.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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My copy of the first in the Murderbot series has arrived! @Soubhiville @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader and all my Litsy friends who‘ve been praising this book and getting a no science fiction reader to get so excited about reading sci-fi

Anna40 @TheSpineView I have to finish another book first before I get to this one but am very excited to read it 4mo
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I bought this for my nine year old son who didn‘t want to read it. I‘d have loved The letter for the king at his age. Reading it as an adult was enjoyable but only ok. However, considering that Dragt wrote it when she was a child is truly remarkable. That‘s why I gave it a pick. I would say this appeals to kids aged 8-10.

CaramelLunacy Loved it when I read as a child, but hated the Netflix show (unfortunately) 4mo
Anna40 @CaramelLunacy I haven‘t watched the show. That‘s a shame. I think I would have loved reading it as a child too 4mo
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The 10 short stories are set during the Covid pandemic.The writing is a delight,I loved Worms it made me cry but the plots… I wish there was more to what happens in the stories and I feel it‘s generally something that seems to be no longer relevant for prize winning writing.I appreciate the character‘s inner turmoil&thoughts&insights but where is the story?And there‘s only so much older-dude-feeling-sorry-for-himself I can take as a reader.Soft pk

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Northern Spy: A Novel | Flynn Berry
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Set in Northern Ireland in the present,Tessa is a young,divorced mother of a baby who works for the BBC.Her world is turned upside down when her sister is caught on camera during an IRA attack&identified as a terrorist.Slowly Tessa gets sucked into the world of the IRA&MI5.This book does something many novels no longer do:entertain&guide the reader through a “world” they‘ll never “see” while addressing universal themes such as motherhood,family.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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4 Blackfeet men kill an elk herd,1 young elk is pregnant&Lewis promises to use the meat¬ let any part of it go to waste but the men get caught&are told to dispose of the animals.10 years later mysterious events kill first Ricky.Is it the elk ghost avenging her calf&herd?It‘s gory but I didn‘t find it spooky or creepy.The story is original,I‘ve never read anything like this.Dialogues are excellent&so is the writing.Great storytelling

Aimeesue Such a great read! 5mo
Anna40 @Aimeesue yes! I agree. I‘m gifting a copy to a good friend this year :) 4mo
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The Last Hours | Minette Walters
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Lady Anne rules with reason,logic&wisdom after the outbreak of the plague kills her brutish husband.She isolates her community from the rest of the world&keeps her people safe while many around them die.In quarantine bad things happen within the walls of Develish:a murder,rape allegations.I liked it but wish it was shorter,wish Eleanor was multi-dimensional! &there was a proper ending.Thanks @Chrissyreadit for recommending!

Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you enjoyed it! there is a sequel that ties up the loose ends. 5mo
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Shatter | Michael Robotham
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A sadistic murderer preys on his victim‘s biggest fears.How&why he chooses to kill women by targeting their children is what forensic psychologist Joe O‘Loughlin tries to find out with the help of retired detective Ruiz&the police.The story unfolds alternating between O‘Loughlin‘s&the killer‘s view.Some characters are a bit one-dimensional,but Joe,who has Parkinson‘s,is very likeable,the writing style is good,witty,the story gripping.Loved it

Robinsonbrandon129 Hello Anna 5mo
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Anna40 @Robinsonbrandon129 this is a book app. We write reviews and comment on books. It‘s not a dating app 5mo
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This is a question/request rather than a blurb: I‘m somehow weirdly and for the first time and I don‘t know why interested in historical fiction or fantasy or both set in the Middle Ages or a world created on the ‘model‘ of the Middle Ages. Has anyone read anything like this and can make recommendations? Thank you

rwmg There are SO many. Here is a list of 100: https://bookriot.com/medieval-historical-fiction/

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Anna40 @rwmg thank you! I read the name of the rose twice! I actually forgot about that book. I‘ll check out your list. Thanks so much! 5mo
Chrissyreadit Sarah Woodbury is a really fun author- I think she has 2 very different series for this time. 5mo
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Chrissyreadit I also loved this and the sequel: 5mo
Dilara Here are some possibilities:
The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare, set in medieval Albania, with a hint of magical realism
Women in the Wall by Julia O'Faolain, inspired by the life of 6th-century queen-turned abbess Radegunda
The Forest of Hour by Kerstin Ekman (spans the M. Ages and the Renaissance), fantasy/magical realism (in Sweden, w/ a troll) - loved that one
The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk (Estonia, talking animals)
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Anna40 @Chrissyreadit Oh! I read a few books by Minette Walters when I was younger. This sounds great! Thanks 5mo
Anna40 @Dilara Thank you! They all sound great but they have none of the books in my library. I think I‘ll buy The Forest Hour. I read one of Ekman‘s crime novels. She‘s a good writer. Thanks again! 5mo
Dilara @Anna40 Shame about your library! I hope you enjoy The Forest of Hours 😁 5mo
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Roman Stories | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Lahiri is like a 3star Michelin chef of literature. Whatever she writes is perfect. She is & always will be one of the best writers of our time. Still, I wish there was more to the plots, the stories are variations on the same themes & the setting Rome didn‘t change that.

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Uncultured: A Memoir | Daniella Mestyanek Young
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The Children of God is a cult whose members lived as ‘missionaries‘ in communes,read the bible&raised their children to sleep with everyone within the family from a very young age-a blend of Christianity&counter culture gone terribly wrong.Daniella grew up in a family of devoted members,experienced rape,abuse,cruel punishments.At 15 she left,worked while going to school,then college&joined the army where she suffered more assault.Very tough read&I

Anna40 wanted to bail many times.Her resilience&determination are out of this world.I hope that she has found safety&love as she says she did in the end.It makes me so angry that all these men&women who hurt her got away unscathed! 5mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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June,the protagonist,&Athena have known each other since college,are both published writers but unlike June,Athena is very successful.June is in Athena‘s apartment when she dies&steals her last draft manuscript-a historical novel about the exploitation of Chinese labourers-polishes,finishes it.It gets published under June‘s name&becomes a success until allegations arise that it‘s plagiarised.June is simultaneously likeable& detestable.Brilliant

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The story So late in the day is brilliant BUT I wish I‘d known that the other stories in the collection are Antarctica and The long and painful death. I expected a few new stories and 20$ for 2 that I‘ve read already read and were published in her other collections - and I didn‘t even particularly like them - feels like a total rip off. You can read So Late in the day in The New Yorker for free & spend 20$ on something else!

Tamra Oh that seems like a cheap move on the publisher‘s part. 😠 I have Antarctica already on my shelf, so thank you for the heads up. I wouldn‘t have known otherwise. 5mo
Anna40 @Tamra yes I was really annoyed because I have a book budget and if I‘d known I could‘ve bought a different book on my list. Why couldn‘t they wait until she had 2 or 3 stories ready? It‘s just a profit decision 😡 5mo
jlhammar Yup, totally agree. I knew that they were all previously published when I bought it (mentioned it in my new acquisitions post last week), but I'm sure it will be a surprise/disappointment for many. On the other hand, I'm guessing there are a lot of people who have only read Small Things Like These and Foster so this will be all new for them. 5mo
Anna40 @jlhammar yes, you‘re right. Next time I‘ll check before I buy :) 5mo
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Winter in the Blood | James Welch
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In this novel a Blackfeet&Gros Ventre man travels to Malta in Montana to track down his girlfriend.He meets a sketchy character & some women, in the end finds Agnes but her brother beats him up.He returns home to find the house empty,his grandmother died&he learns more about his heritage&her life.Themes are loss of identity&trauma.The writing is exceptional,original,concise prose poetry.

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The Drive | Yair Assulin
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An Israeli army recruit drives with his father to a military hospital to talk to the physician in mental health.I thought he wants to get out of military service but what he wants is to change jobs&I find it very difficult to understand what the story is actually about& why they couldn‘t just transfer him?!Throughout the book he whines about how terrible everything&everyone is even his girlfriend but nothing bad ever happens to him.🤷‍♀️

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Small Worlds | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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We follow Stephen as he goes off to university,feels cut off from his group of friends&Ghanaian community,returns to London to work as a chef cooking meals he‘s grown up with.There‘s music,dancing,church,immigration,racism,love&lots of spliff smoking.There‘s grief,parent-child relationship&more dancing,a trip to Ghana,history of slavery.I loved the first half,it‘s like a long poem but it got too long for me,plot meanders into what?I‘m not sure.

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Animal Dreams | Barbara Kingsolver
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Codi returns to Grace,her hometown in Arizona,because her father is struggling with Alzheimer‘s.She falls in love with her first lover Loyd,a Native American man.Codi‘s backstory&Loyd‘s character are well written&there are some beautiful scenes but there is too much going on:environmental issues,the Nicaraguan revolution,Native American culture&overall it reads a bit like a romance novel.I loved that it‘s set in the Southwest.Soft pick

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I love the premise & the thoughts on communication, immigration, language & what it means for us if we cannot communicate because of language barriers or because of who we are. But the narrator‘s voice was irritating, worse was the going off topic especially at the beginning when I felt it needed to pick up pace…even though I‘d love to know what happened, I don‘t think I‘ll pick this up again. Not for me.

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I loved the title story:a retired&widowed father visits his grown daughter who is pregnant with her second child,her husband is on a business trip&it‘s told alternating from father then daughter perspective.I loved the metaphor of the garden&how beautifully Lahiri writes feelings,relationships,domestic scenes.Overall though I found myself bailing on many of the other stories precisely because of that.I wanted a bit more variety in plot.Soft pick.

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Free Love: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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I disliked all the characters but was drawn into the story because of the brilliant writing and the late 60s setting was well captured. Sadly, this just wasn‘t for me. The way the story progressed in the second half felt trite and unrealistic. But I definitely want to read more by Hadley. I love the way she writes and develops her characters.

BarbaraBB I was disappointed by this one too while I had been looking forward to it! This one is better, in my opinion: 6mo
Anna40 @BarbaraBB thanks! I tried reading Late in the day once and had forgotten about it. Couldn‘t get past the first few pages. Might give it another shot. I borrowed a book of her short stories and The Past. I read After the funeral in The New Yorker and didn‘t like it much but I started the first story in the collection Bad Dreams and really enjoy it! 6mo
BarbaraBB That is good to know, thanks! 6mo
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Cold Mountain: A Novel | Charles Frazier
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Set during the Civil War,Inman,after 4 years of fighting as a Confederate soldier,turns his back on war and walks to Cold Mountain where he hopes Ada is waiting for him.In the meantime Ada,the educated but ill-prepared for life pastor‘s daughter,learns how to live independently following her father‘s death with the help of Ruby,a free spirit who knows how to run a farm.Rich in descriptions of thoughts,landscape,characters,not to be rushed through.

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The Liar | Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
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A 17-year-old girl lies about an attempted assault.She doesn‘t do it with ill intentions,somehow gets sucked into the lie&her life after the lie changes so positively that she feels she can‘t say the truth.She‘s the main liar in the novel,but all characters lie.Some lies are bigger,some smaller.Wonderful thought-provoking book,builds tension until the end,provides insight into the psychology of humans,raises questions of moralsðics.

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Each story focuses on 1 life.A teacher in WW2 England becomes a spy in occupied France.A boy who grows up in a work house in the late 1800s abandoned by his parents makes something of his life.Set in the future a girl&her adoptive brother form an almost unbreakable bond.Set in France early 1800s a servant‘s life is linked with the family who employs her.A love story set in counter culture music scene.Themes are loss of self,abandonment,betrayal.

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I liked the novella that gave this collection its name the least.There are two recurring themes in all stories:Paris under Nazi occupation&the narrator becomes obsessed with other characters‘ elusive pasts.My favourite was Afterimage:the narrator remembers his friendship with a photographer named Jansen who keeps disappearing.I also enjoyed Flowers of ruin:a young couple commits suicide&then there‘s Pacheco who perhaps was a Nazi collaborator.

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Nightwoods: A Novel | Charles Frazier
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Set in a 1960s North Carolina small town,Luce lives alone in the woods working as the caretaker of a deserted lodge.When her sister Lily is murdered by her husband Bud,a thug&rapist,she becomes the guardian of her sister‘s traumatised children.Stubblefield returns to his hometown,he once had a crush on Luce&soon courts her.But then Bud shows up,the jury acquitted him&he wants money he thinks Luce is hiding.Love story&Thriller

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Half a Life: A Memoir | Darin Strauss
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When the author was 18 he killed a girl from his high school in a car accident.It was not his fault,he was neither drunk nor driving recklessly,it was bad luck.This book is his account of “half a life” lived with guilt&he tries to be honest&vulnerable.Even though he writes with sincerity,I couldn‘t connect with him,with what happened&neither with the victim.I‘m not sure if it‘s the writing or because of the trauma, but it feels cold&disconnected.

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Why did Dorfman write his memoir?To “teach” this “incredibly simple conclusion:we must trust one another,despite losses,despite betrayals or we shall all surely die”.The author writes with sincerity about his years in exile in France,Holland,the US,his country&opposition during the dictatorship,the difficulties of transitioning into a democracy with tormentors walking the streets unscathed,his writing,authors he met such as Böll or Kundera.