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Read With Us: The Summer Book Announcement!

Today is the day, friends . . . Bonny and Kym and I are announcing our pick for the summer for those of you who Read With Us. And that book, without further ado, is:

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Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller.

Full disclosure, I have not yet read this book. I do, however, currently have it on my Kindle and I will be reading it very soon. I may even have started it by the time this post goes live.

Here’s the synopsis from GoodReads:
What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant? What would you do to get it back?

Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Their rented cottage is simultaneously their armour against the world and their sanctuary. Inside its walls they make music, in its garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance.

But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. At risk of losing everything, Jeanie and her brother must fight to survive in an increasingly dangerous world as their mother’s secrets unfold, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.

This is a thrilling novel of resilience and hope, of love and survival, that explores with dazzling emotional power how the truths closest to us are often hardest to see.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? I mean, the combination of literary fiction and suspense feels rare to me so that right there makes me want to read it. And there is also the fact that one of the characters is named Julius. Ahem. As if that all weren’t enough, it’s also on the short list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021. Various reviews I have read have called it terribly beautiful, thrilling, moving, dramatic, unsettling, and hopeful.

It sort of sounds like everything we want in a Read With Us choice! I hope you’ll join us and read it this summer.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Ooo! This one looks interesting! I got myself on the (semi-long) waitlist at my library. Hope you are having an amazing vacation!

  2. My fingers are crossed that it will win the Women’s Prize! Every book on that list is worthy of winning but this is my choice. I think you’ll like it as much as I do.

  3. I’m on a waitlist too with the estimate being 9 weeks. Interestingly I’m also on another waitlist for the same title that’s about the Whitman massacre! Hope I don’t get confused…..

  4. For Audible members, Audible currently has this book at a members sale price of $9.98.

  5. Looks like I can eventually get it through the library. I don’t find it on Overdrive or Hoopla.
    Looks interesting.

  6. yay! I adored this book – the best fiction I’ve read in a while … and my reading experience prompted me to make a few changes to my reading life (which I hope to blog about tomorrow).

  7. Well this is perfect — I just read it! I did really feel as I was reading that it would be a great book for discussion, so now I can look forward to talking about it with all of you!

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