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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
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it was amazing
bookshelves: cathartic, reviewed-third-way, war-fiction

(4.5) An unforgettable story of coping with loss and uncertainty. Marra matches America’s best contemporary novelists with his defense of the human spirit in the face of wartime atrocities. Despite gory evidence to the contrary, there is much more to existence than bodily survival; all share in both physical vulnerability and innate dignity. Perhaps, as Philip Larkin declared, “What will survive of us is love.”

(My full review appeared in the January 2014 issue of Third Way magazine.)
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Reading Progress

October 22, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
October 22, 2013 – Shelved
December 3, 2013 – Started Reading
December 7, 2013 – Finished Reading
December 9, 2013 – Shelved as: cathartic
December 9, 2013 – Shelved as: reviewed-third-way
December 22, 2013 – Shelved as: war-fiction

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Erin Hi Rebecca would you recommend this for a book club?

Rebecca Absolutely!

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Erin I opted for The Golem and the Jinni. Suppose to be good!

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