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The Winter Vault

by Anne Michaels

The writing so beautiful, unstructured, visual, meditative, that you might lose yourself in the words forgetting which voice is speaking, which time-frame and setting the novel inhabits. But that's not a problem: you will want to read it again anyway. Great human themes like loss, displacement, forgiveness and authenticity can so easily become just labels. In this story, they convey the very essence of experience.

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'In a forest of stars and boughs, here is your face. In the garden, in the shipwreck, in sacred stones, in figs and roses. Through long nights of walking, what does not sing for us? Through long nights of waking, what does not sing for us?...

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Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
Light Years by Maggie Gee
 

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