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The Untelling by Tayari Jones
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Mar 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobooks, fiction
Read from March 26 to 28, 2012

Audiobook. Beautiful prose characterizes this heartbreaking story about love, loss and family. Aria lost her father and baby sister as a child and grew up with a disfunctional mother and a sister who left as soon as she was able. Now she is living in a run down apartment with a drug adict neighbor, teaching literacy and watching her roommate plan the fantacy wedding Aria can only dream about. Despite the heartbreaking experiences she faces, Aria finds a way to keep moving forward.

This book was unlike anything I have read before. The bleak setting and difficult experiences Aria faces could have easily overpowered this novel, but instead, you get the feeling that this is a real life and where there is life, there is hope. I look forward to reading more by Jones.

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