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No 472 In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders Book 18 of #20booksofsummer20

I am a big fan of George Saunders’ short stories, having really enjoyed Tenth of December and Civilwarland in Bad Decline. In Persuasion Nation is another thematically linked collection which explores a world, somewhat like our own, where consumerism and advertising have taken over and individuality is being crushed in favour of conformity. Split into…

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No 474 The Prince of West End Avenue by Alan Isler Book 14 of #20booksofsummer20

Set in a Jewish retirement home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1978, The Prince of West End Avenue is a haunting yet often hilarious novel that follows Otto Korner, an Auschwitz survivor who is directing his fellow retirees in a retirement-home production of Hamlet. Despite their age, the staging of the play features all…

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No 493 Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey – review & giveaway #readingirelandmonth20

I’m kicking off Classic Irish novels week with a relatively modern classic, but a classic nonetheless – Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey. Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey is this year’s selection for the annual Dublin: One City One Book during the month of April. A newly published edition, thanks to New Island Books, was launched…

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