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Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
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Here's a quiet, beautifully-written story about life and death and grief. And black cloth.
I think it could be read either as a literary fiction with a touch of magical realism or psychological fiction with the feel of Victorian sensibilities. Read-alike authors could as easily be Edith Wharton or Alice Hoffman.

I liked this story about a man who runs from death, from grief. It was lyrical and slow-flowing. I was simultaneously disappointed that it wasn't more powerful, that more wasn't done with the story and the characters, that there wasn't a sharper focus on the lives of four boys who felt they were connected via their August birthdays and the shared death of a rook.
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Reading Progress

October 10, 2013 – Shelved
May 9, 2019 – Started Reading
May 16, 2019 – Finished Reading

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