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An unhappily childless couple take a holiday in Verona, hoping to distract themselves from the heartbreak of the many failed fertility treatments they have endured. They are, however, beset by peculiar occurrences from the moment they arrive, as well ...more
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Lucy Clarke writes the kind of books I simply have to finish in a day. Last Seen is another hit, a suspenseful and beguiling tale of secrets and lies set on an English sandbank where two lifelong friends, Sarah and Isla, have neighbouring beach huts. ...more
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First published in the early 1970s, Reunion has recently been reissued and promoted as the next great undiscovered classic after Stoner, although it doesn't yet seem to have achieved the same ubiquity. This is a very brief book, but the story it tell ...more
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Okay, I think this book might have worked better for me if I'd read it before Elif Batuman's The Idiot. Batuman and Rooney give their narrators similar voices: sharp, clear and deadpan but excessively self-aware. Both use email conversations to map o ...more
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Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
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Every time I started a new story in Children of the New World, I kept thinking: surely at least one of these is going to be something less than absolutely brilliant, surely this is the one that's going to let me down. Spoiler: it doesn't happen.

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Emma Jane Unsworth
“These things you treasure, how often they're somebody else's trash.”
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“No one needs a relationship. What you need is the basic cop-on to figure that out, in the face of all the media bullshit screaming that you're nothing on your own and you're a dangerous freak if you disagree. The truth is, if you don't exist without someone else, you don't exist at all. And that doesn't just go for romance. I love my ma, I love my friends, I love the bones of them. If any of them wanted me to donate a kidney or crack a few heads, I'd do it, no questions asked. And if they all waved goodbye and walked out of my life tomorrow, I'd still be the same person I am today.

I live inside my own skin. Anything that happens outside it doesn't change who I am. This isn't something I'm proud of; as far as I'm concerned, it's a bare minimum baseline requirement for calling yourself an adult human being, somewhere around the level of knowing how to do your own washing or change a toilet roll. All those idiots on the websites, begging for other people to pull their sagging puppet-strings, turn them real: they make me want to spit.”
Tana French, The Trespasser

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“No feeling is final.”
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“The best thing about search is you always find what you want. The worst thing about search is you never find what you do not want.”
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“You leave the analyst's office aware of your singularity and your solitude alike. It's you who lives in the prison of your skin. No one gets the afterglow they want. Everyone dies alone. Analysis is a process. The process is a slow procession. It is a cortège.”
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