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Leaving

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« A beautifully-written, heartbreakingly twisty tale of star-crossed lovers, who may in fact, now get a second chance to be together, almost forty years after their original romance. Sarah Carson Blackwell is sixty-ish, divorced, with two grown children, and is long used to living alone. (Note: well, not quite alone,…

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The Children’s Bach

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Well-written, yet undeniably bleak, this is an 80’s era (both written and set) tale of domestic breakdown, existential nothingness, and bodies in motion, - unlikable characters bumping into each other randomly and in the process, spinning out trails invariably murky and mostly unpleasant. Set in Melbourne, Australia, the story…

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Greta & Valdin

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What a delight! A book just as likely to break your heart as it is to tickle your funny bone, this charmer is a one-of-a-kind read, featuring a one-of-a-kind family who, come what may, will love and support their offspring. (And their offspring. And all the interconnected others that…

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Doppler

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This little book is a hilarious, thoughtful, charming, magical gem of a novel, - part fable, and all heart. As laugh-out-loud-funny as it is pure whimsy, the humor in this read is dry, sardonic and continuous, layered with a silliness born of a sort of sweet, childish, eccentricity and…

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Hello Beautiful

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œWe’re all interconnected , and when you see that, you see how beautiful life is.” A book about damaged people, choices, and most of all, about love - the complicated, fierce love between sisters, the compassionate love of lifelong friends, the synergistic love of team mates, and the earth-shattering…

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The Old Ducks’ Hen Do

🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œWe were born to be real, not perfect”. A sweetly wistful tale of aging, regrets, and second (or third, or even fourth) chances as we follow the Mallorca-based adventures of a group of British sixty-ish female friends, charmingly naming themselves β€œthe Old Ducks”. A Hen party in sunny Spain,…

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The Damages

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A complex, challenging and thoroughly mesmerizing read. Rosalind Fisher is eighteen years old, a freshman at a preppy Ontario University. An unlikable character, Rosalind is self-absorbed, shallow, and focused on the single-minded pursuit of the β€˜cool’ kids, who she believes will automatically bolster her own insipid image. And Rosalind…

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The Vanishing Half

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gripping and evocative look at identity, belonging and the quest to resolve both, particularly when in conflict with society’s expectations. Stella and Desiree are identical twins, black by heritage yet so light-skinned they could pass for white, a possibility that holds promise in the racially explosive nineteen-sixties and…

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Strange Sally Diamond

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• Wow. This is an exceptional read - one that is truly unique and deeply, profoundly, unsettling. Strange Sally Diamond is indeed strange, but she is also heartbreakingly vulnerable, a character written with such authenticity that once you get to know her, her voice will begin to haunt you. One…

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Remarkably Bright Creatures

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€˜Remarkably Bright Creatures’ is a remarkably charming book. Narrated, in part, by an Octopus (yes you heard me right), Marcellus McSquiddles, is a sixty-pound Giant Pacific, who has lived the vast majority of his life in an aquarium tank in Puget Sound. Without giving this wonderful plot away, (no…

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