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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
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The Last Stone by Mark Bowden
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A true crime account that captures the despondence of American justice, and how it can cripple hope and hurt the heart. The offender at the centre of this story never fits the mould of monster or maniac; instead, there's an eerie absence of emotion w ...more
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The Motherhood by Jamila Rizvi
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A blended dip into early day experiences with a newborn, and an embrace in the intelligent grip of women who've been there before.
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The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo
The Bridge
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A chameleon of a novel, set mostly in the present but with a disguised past that creeps across the narrative. Gandolfo doesn't dish out happily ever afters, but she does write with confidence and compassion.
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Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
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A wearisome plod through village life, with characters too mundane to matter.
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The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
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Amidst the destitution, disease and drink you could be forgiven for wondering how any woman could survive 1800s England – Jack the Ripper or not. Rubenhold has scavenged the archives to give us the gift of five lives, told gently and completely as re ...more
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Vox by Christina Dalcher
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A book with a solid dystopian bent? I'll bite. However, this adventure has an air of the unsophisticated, from its cloying sex scenes to the clumsy catchphrases (does any mum seriously append the word 'kiddo' to the end of every sentence when talking ...more
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Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley
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Knisley bares all in this touchingly tender look at pregnancy, though at times this felt like a horror story to phase the faint-hearted.
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The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton
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A novel devoid of hope with a touch of the haphazard to its happenings.
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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
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This was a collection of admirably interwoven protagonists and pasts, but for me it lacked the emotional charge of Hosseini's previous works.
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