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The Republic of Love by Carol Shields
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Dec 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, canadian, book-club, favourites, made-into-a-movie, 2000-to-2010

This is one of my favourite books of all time. I love the plot, love the writing, love everything about it. The story revolves around two people who live in the same city and actually know people in common but don't meet until the middle of the book. This is not a bad thing. At the beginning of the book the two protagonists are just muddling along in their own lives, reflecting (or avoiding thinking about) their poor choices in relationships, immersing themselves in their work (she's an academic at a folklore centre, he hosts an overnight radio show). Carol Shields is a genius of characterization. Beautiful, beautiful book.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 1, 2001 – Finished Reading
December 30, 2008 – Shelved
November 29, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
November 29, 2012 – Shelved as: canadian
November 29, 2012 – Shelved as: book-club
April 1, 2013 – Shelved as: favourites
September 16, 2014 – Shelved as: made-into-a-movie
November 5, 2017 – Shelved as: 2000-to-2010

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