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The War On Emily Dickinson by Anna Scott Graham
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it

This is a beautifully heartfelt book, a story of love, loss, and faith. The backdrop - the scourge of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco - is devastating, but the resilience of the patients, the care workers, and the community is even stronger.

Marthe and Kell are so real, so earthy, so complicated, and you root for them and empathize with them. The supporting cast is also fantastic, and I'm not lying when I say I dreamed about the Souzas. They get into your head.

I also really loved the structure of the book, which really suits the nature of the complicated relationships and the confusing times in which the characters lived.
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