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Average rating: 3.2 · 1,961 ratings · 441 reviews · 5 distinct worksSimilar authors
Alena

3.26 avg rating — 1,265 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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Lady of the Snakes

3.54 avg rating — 327 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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This Side of Married

2.72 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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This Door You Might Not Open

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter    Cameron
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This is a simply, beautifully written book about an alienated teenage boy in New York City. His mother is a thrice divorced art dealer, his sister is having an affair with a linguistics professor, and his father is a cheerful, disengaged corporate la ...more
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Labrador by Kathryn Davis
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This is a lyrical novel about a girl in New Hampshire and her family, especially her older sister whom she adores. It's sort of a love letter to her sister, and it has an angel and a missing grandfather and a man-eating polar bear, and other various ...more
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The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
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I liked this book pretty well. It's a very engaging story about the culture wars, and Perrotta does a good job being fair to most of the characters. I couldn't stop reading, but I never *felt* very much; he tells too much and evokes too little to mak ...more
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Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
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This book--and stories by Johnson in general--have been recommended highly to me by many people for such a long time. I realized I have read at least one of the stories here, "Emergency--which is an amazing piece of writing--before. I was very impres ...more
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Sunshine by Robin McKinley
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My friend lent me this book, and I liked it for a while. Vampires and baking... I liked the coffee shop, and I was intrigued by the woman's first encounter with the vampire, Constantine.

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“Wasn’t the leap from the farm or the small town to the college campus enough cultural dislocation? Wasn’t college education itself enough of a voyage?”
Rachel Pastan, Alena

“Without artists, would this heritage have descended to us? Would the words and deeds—the revelation—have survived the arduous journey into the present without the painters, the mosaic workers, the storytellers, the stone carvers, the poets, the singers, the workers in stained glass? Wasn’t it art, I thought—as I watched Bernard open a handsome black wallet and remove a handful of lire—that had been the carrier of the divine? Popes had understood that. The Emperor Constantine. Monks in damp Irish monasteries illuminating the Word.”
Rachel Pastan, Alena

“Must every action—every word and thought—recall Alena? Swimming, currents, beaches, exhibitions, artists, parties. How long until my bodily presence had half the substance her absence did?”
Rachel Pastan, Alena




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Sheri Joseph Hey, Rachel! Great to see you on here!
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