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Arlington Park

by Rachel Cusk

Set in one day, this is a book about different characters living in an ordinary suburb, with ordinary things happening around them. The descriptions are beautiful though and the characters all come together in the last chapter at a dinner party. Quite a light read, a bit like looking into someone's window and seeing what is going on in there.

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She had this idea that life in a place like Arlington Park would reveal her to herself, would show her who she really was; when in fact it had merely told her that she was only what she strove to be, what she had the guts and the good sense to go after.

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