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The Impossible Lives of Greta Walls by Andrew Sean Greer

Greta tries a treatment to jolt her out of a deep depression brought on by her dear twin brother’s, Felix’s, death. The treatment’s effects take her between her own time (1985) and two others – 1918 and 1941. She has … Continue reading

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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Oh this book. It’s told from Private Bartle’s perspective both during and after the Iraq war about being powerlessly caught up in the war machine with his buddy, Private Murphy. I was moved by this novel which is quite beautifully … Continue reading

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This is Kya’s story. She’s known to the locals as Marsh Girl, having survived on her own in the marsh for years, where only the seagulls are her friends. But she does forge a few key relationships and even finds … Continue reading

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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

I find most science fiction books aren’t very well written, but this one is quite decent. It definitely meanders in parts and belabours points. However, it doesn’t have grammatical errors like the last book I tried to read that had … Continue reading

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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half Blood Blues tells of a jazz band with a superb horn player, Hieronymus Falk, trying to survive in occupied occupied Paris during WWII. Falk is young, German, and black. This is a fascinating tale of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and … Continue reading

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Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant

I was so excited to read stories by this legend, this giant of a storyteller. But I just couldn’t get into them. I think it’s because I’m not usually a short-story reader, or fan. In particular, one story about a … Continue reading

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

This is the tale of Connell and Marianne’s relationship, through high school and into college. Rooney’s novel is about love, family, friendship, and class with a distinctly modern lens. Although I didn’t really like the characters, I really liked this … Continue reading

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