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18 October 2017

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I can't wait to read this. There is just something about the excerpts I've read really hooked me. I am currently reading Tom Corbett's book Tenuous Tendrils and it's so good, I should read Perry's next and keep the great read streak alive!

Ali,
I do hope you are as knocked over by this book as I was. I can see it not being for everyone...but it certainly struck a chord in me.

Never heard of Tenuous Tendrils! Will check it out.

I am picking up this book today. Maine is a very weird state. It is 98.4% white, and I read that it has the highest number, per capita, of residents on welfare (just checked that stat: Maine is actually #6), which is an inconvenient truth to its staunchly Republican overlords. I've been to Maine three times, which is three times too many.

I think Maine is also the state where the guy was able to live on his own, while stealing food from nearby camps, for like 28 years. (Yup, just looked it up: "The Stranger in the Woods," and yes, it was Maine.) I've always wanted to travel to Maine but I would imagine there's parts of Maine you don't want to travel to.

Can't wait to hear what you think of this book, if you read it.

I finish reading this book half an hour ago. I got to the end and kept reading, onto the Acknowledgments and the Author's Notes, it was that beautifully written and I wanted to make sure I read every word that Sarah Perry wrote. She is a fantastic writer, and she created such a perfectly-told tale of her loss and her mother.

This book had a lot of strikes against it when I picked it up because I don't like Maine, I don't like white trash, and I don't like red heads who remind me too much of my own loser family. But I could not put down this book. I only hope that Sarah Perry finds another topic worth her formidable intellect and empathy and powers as a narrator for her next book, and the next, and the next, etc.

Vivian,
Well, I certainly wish that just once you would say exactly what you mean.

(I'm so glad you do. It does seem like it would save a lot of time if we all did that.)

I agree with you that I read ALL the text and was glad I did--haven't devoured a book whole in quite this way since Victoria Sweet's "God's Hotel."

There were so many small details here that were so perfectly fit together. Undoubtedly the story is definitely set among people who struggled with money, relationships, choices and luck (good and bad). But to read about Perry's mother saving for their small prefab house, working a hard physical job to buy it, then cleaning it so thoroughly and so often that cleaning solution residue might have helped to prematurely break down prints and physical evidence at the crime scene...That transcends labels.

Most of the men in the story, though? Yeah, disappointing. When not downright horrifying.

I'm so glad you read it. I hope a lot more people do.

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