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and prepare to be . . . UNSETTLED!

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Yes, friends. Our most recent Read With Us book selection - Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller - is very compelling and highly readable.

Unsettled Ground

I was up north last week, and it rained . . . a lot. I spent one day inside reading this book. Actually, let's clarify that . . . I spent one day inside glued to this book. Is it among my favorite reads of all time? No. Is it the best book I've read this year? No. But . . . it's very good! And it's totally . . . un-put-down-able. Author Claire Fuller is a master storyteller. She paints a beautiful landscape for us, populates it with believable characters, and tells her story in a way that just hooks us right in and keeps us reading (and reading and reading). I found this book to be frustrating and bleak, but also a bit hopeful by the end. It's one of those stories that may change your perspective a bit; that might open your eyes to different ways of living (or surviving). It will probably . . . unsettle . . . you a little. And it will surely make you want to talk about it with other readers. (It's perfect for a book group.)

I hope you'll grab a copy and read along with us this summer.
(Although you may want to make sure your schedule is clear for a day or so before you begin.) (Just sayin.)

The book is currently available on Amazon in hardback ($19.33), Kindle ($12.99) or Audible versions. I imagine your local bookstore (should you be fortunate enough to have one) would offer the book at similar prices. I got a copy from my library with a short wait.

Our Read With Us book discussion day is Tuesday, September 14. Bonny, Carole, and I will each post a discussion question (or two) on our blogs that day, and then - later in the evening (7:00 pm Eastern time zone) - we'll be hosting a live book discussion/meet-up on Zoom. 

C'mon along!
Unsettle yourself.

Read With Us!

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PS - A couple of weeks ago, Bonny discovered - and shared - a Spotify playlist put together by the author to accompany the book. I'm sharing the link again here . . . because it really is a nice companion to the book, and you may want to give it a listen.

PSS - Slight spoiler alert. (Only slight.) When I read books that feature animals and beloved pets, I worry a lot about . . . bad things happening to the animals. I just want to assure others that feel the same way . . . well, don't worry about the dog.

 

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Juliann

I am so excited that others are reading this book. It was one of my first finishes for my bingo card and I keep telling people to read it. There are pieces of this story that have really stayed with me. Should make for a good discussion.

Margene

This book is so discussable with all its twists and complexities. It is high on my favorites of the year.

Carole

hahaha, I love that you told everyone they don't have to worry about the dog! And yes, it's a good idea to have a clear schedule before starting this book. I can't wait for our discussion!

Vera

I just got this from my library yesterday! I have to finish one book and start and finish another (both due back before Unsettled) and then I will start...maybe on a weekend? We will see if I can get through it. The bleakness may not be do-able for me, but I will try. Perhaps I will surprise myself. I have gotten another book by this author from the library several times (Bitter orange) but have never managed to read it!

Mary

oh Yes, you already know I found this one to be pretty much impossible to put down! I'm now a Claire Fuller completist and I love it!

Carolyn

What a fantastic nudge! I'm in! (You had me at that Dutch still life'ish cover.)
Seriously, though--I'm finding that despite however much I love or don't love a book, the Discussability of it is an increasing draw for me. Thanks!

Sarah

I'll admit that I *did* worry about the dog quite a bit, especially during one scene (and I'm sure you know which one I'm talking about). It would have helped to have had this little spoiler before!

KATHY B

OH , APPRECIATE THE SPOILER ALERT!

Patty

Very excited and book ordered from my favorite NH bookstore that I will not be able to visit this summer. See you in September! ;-)

Kat

I am still at the ~5wks mark on my waitlist. Sigh. I am excited to read it!

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