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My Brilliant Friend
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"Getting back into the ebb and flow of this novel... an interesting structure, but quite taken by the friendship at its core, thinking of my own friendships and what we do to/for each other." May 01, 2015 06:29AM

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"This is DENSE... I'm going to cut back on the journal-reading on my commutes since my wrists cannot take the weight! You think I'm kidding..." Mar 21, 2013 06:35AM


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Jessica and 1 other person liked Andrea Kinnison's review of East of Eden:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“The only reason you say that race was not an issue is because you wish it was not. We all wish it was not. But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue; I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America. When you are black in America and you fall in love with a white person, race doesn’t matter when you’re alone together because it’s just you and your love. But the minute you step outside, race matters. But we don’t talk about it. We don’t even tell our white partners the small things that piss us off and the things we wish they understood better, because we’re worried they will say we’re overreacting, or we’re being too sensitive. And we don’t want them to say, Look how far we’ve come, just forty years ago it would have been illegal for us to even be a couple blah blah blah, because you know what we’re thinking when they say that? We’re thinking why the fuck should it ever have been illegal anyway? But we don’t say any of this stuf ...more Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jessica and 184 other people liked Roxane's review of Go Set a Watchman:
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
"I am going to write a full review I think but oh this is not a novel and it was not ready for public consumption. There is a faint glimmer of plot. There IS something here but it is not coherent. It is not robust. This reads as notes toward someth..." Read more of this review »
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On Immunity by Eula Biss
"I"m not sure whether I envy Biss's timing or feel for her in regards to it--this is such a hot button issue that really exploded as the book when to print, which broadened her audience and also increased her critics. I am certainly learning, as a..." Read more of this review »
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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I didn't know about this book/series/author until Jessica nominated My Brilliant Friend for book club. I was initially excited to read the book not just because the story sounded interesting but also because it takes place in..." Read more of this review »
Jessica is 24% done with My Brilliant Friend: Getting back into the ebb and flow of this novel... an interesting structure, but quite taken by the friendship at its core, thinking of my own friendships and what we do to/for each other.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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Cristina Henriquez
“It's in you,' my dad assured me once. 'You were born in Panamá. It's in your bones.'

I spent a lot of time trying to find it in me, but usually I couldn’t. I felt more American than anything, but even that was up for debate according to the kids at school who’d taunted me over the years, asking me if I was related to Noriega, telling me to go back through the canal. The truth was that I didn’t know which I was. I wasn’t allowed to claim the thing I felt and I didn’t feel the thing I was supposed to claim.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“English was such a dense, tight language. So many hard letters, like miniature walls. Not open with vowels the way Spanish was. Our throats open, our mouths open, our hearts open. In English, the sounds were closed. They thudded to the floor. And yet, there was something magnificent about it. Profesora Shields explained that in English there was no usted, no tu. There was only one word—you. It applied to all people. No one more distant or more familiar. You. They. Me. I. Us. We. There were no words that changed from feminine to masculine and back again depending on the speaker. A person was from New York. Not a woman from New York, not a man from New York. Simply a person.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cormac McCarthy
“She smiled and sipped from her glass. There was altogether too much of her sitting there, the broad expanse of thigh cradled in the insubstantial stocking and the garters with the pale flesh pursed and her full breasts and the sootblack piping of her eyelids, a gaudish rake of metaldust in prussian blue where cerulean moths fluttered her awake from some outlandish dream. Suttree gradually going awash in the sheer outrageous sentience of her. Their glasses clicked on the tabletop. Her hot spiced tongue fat in his mouth and her hands all over him like the very witch of fuck.”
Cormac McCarthy, Suttree

Cristina Henriquez
“Sleep was like wealth, elusive and for other people.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Joan Didion
“After that he would leave for a while, breaking things as he went, slamming doors to kick them open, picking up decanters to hurl at mirrors, detouring by way of chairs to smash them against the floor. Always when he came back he would sleep in their room, shutting the door against her. Rigid with self-pity she would lie in another room, wishing for the will to leave. Each believed the other a murderer of time, a destroyer of life itself.”
Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays

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