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Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed (2023) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer

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Gr 9 Up—Maeve hopes that her uncanny knack for interpreting an old deck of tarot cards will be her ticket to
popularity at school. Then her former best friend Lily draws a mysterious card before she goes missing. Maeve must
delve into the origins of the cards and her own culpability in the disappearance and, with help from Lily's
genderqueer sibling and new friends, try to get Lily back. Original fantasy elements brilliantly combine with mysticism
and folklore for an inventive series starter.… (mere)
BackstoryBooks | 11 andre anmeldelser | Apr 1, 2024 |
I listened to this, it's an excellent audiobook. I looked up an interview with the author, and found out that she wrote this during the first year of COVID, wanting to write something that would help her and the people who read it feel good. She's done it, it's a funny, warm-hearted book. There is tension, but the narrator (Rachel) tells part of the story from her older-self; so you always know she will end up OK.

It's an Irish novel, set in Cork where Rachel and her best friend James are coping with the economic depression of 2009 and with figuring out their own identities and futures; while spending time going to parities, bars and getting drunk; and in between school and working in a failing bookstore.

Here is a passage, as Rachel reflects on her choice of getting a degree in literature:

“I liked dead women talking glibly about society. I liked long paragraphs about rationing and sexual awakenings in France.”
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banjo123 | 16 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2024 |
O'Donohue captured life in one's early 20s. Rachel navigates finding a meaningful job, moving away from her family, an intense friendship, sex, first love and inadvertently becoming involved in a very complicated romantic (?) situation. She is funny and relatable and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
ccayne | 16 andre anmeldelser | Mar 30, 2024 |
(9) It dawned on me while I was reading this that at some point maybe I won't be able to relate to a coming of age novel from the female perspective due to my personal age. Does there come a time when an older individual can't relate to a 20-something anymore or are the themes universal? Why should I be able to relate to a young person on the struggle bus in Ancient Rome, or Victorian England but not the 2010's? In a well written novel, the ability to relate should be unaffected by space and time. And after much reflection, I think this author achieves universality despite writing about a specific time, place, and person.

Rachel is a middle class Irish student finishing a University degree in English in Cork. The recession is in full swing and she and her family are feeling the pinch. She lives in an unheated bohemian house with her newfound gay BFF and works in a bookstore. She wears dirty clothes, drinks too much, is somewhat irresponsible, and is struggling through serial monogamy, kinda. Maybe she is having an affair with a professor. The contextual detail is excellent, and while I could not relate to the politics of texting while dating, I could relate to the overanalyzed moves and countermoves that define the first serious love of your life. I think I might have lived in a similar house in Boston, and had a few candidate Jameses.

I think men have been writing this same book for centuries and we call it a timeless bildungsroman. Women write it and we too easily dismiss it as chick-lit. Some books of this type make me eye-roll at the self-involvement of the protagonist - O'Donoghue's Rachel is too close to the bone for it to have crossed my mind. For me, this is a better book upon reflection than I appreciated while I was reading it. I am not sure I appreciated the artistry while binging on what seemed a fun romp through some random woman's 20's. This prevents a higher rating, but I think this author is capable of greatness.
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jhowell | 16 andre anmeldelser | Mar 24, 2024 |



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